Sampla, the new EP from Columbia modern rock outfit Weaving the Fate, is promising. It’s also disappointing.
The group’s problem has been that its parts — while consistently diverse and frequently ambitious — just don’t match up. The flashy turntable scratches of DJ Able One diffuse the grungy surge of singer and guitarist Brian Conner (aka BC Villanova), and neither seem much at ease atop the affable funk and reggae grooves provided by bassist Bobby Dredd.
What: Waving the Fate (acoustic)
Where: Lucky's, 2100 A Devine St.
When: Thursday, May 15, 7 p.m.
With: Death of Paris
More Info: facebook.com/WeavingTheFate [Due to weather worries, Weaving the Fate's Thursday Five After Five date is delayed until May 29.]
This five-song platter, a preview for the group’s forthcoming first full-length, goes a long way to correct these issues. There are still moments when Weaving the Fate falls out-of-sync, but there are also always at least one or two rewarding ideas at work.
Witness “Can’t Take It.” The combo of canned hip-hop beat and by-the-numbers metal shredding that opens the album is dreadful, but the subsequent chorus is a marvel of radio rock efficiency, channeling Korn-ish nu metal through Passion Pit’s sing-along factory. More impressive, Conner doesn’t sound remotely mercenary deploying his Vedder-seeking croon atop this radio-ready backing.
“Sacred,” far and away the best song the band’s ever produced, follows. It opens with a clanging piano groove that recalls Maroon 5, slides quickly into a breezy country backbeat, and arrives at a rock-operatic chorus that reaches for My Chemical Romance’s undervalued successes. Few groups could pull off such a transition. For three minutes, Weaving the Fate makes it sound easy.
It doesn’t last. Two songs later, the group delivers a clunky post-grunge take on Tom Petty’s “You Got Lucky.” But if this Sampla is also a dump of ideas that didn’t make the full-length, perhaps this inconsistency is a good sign — an indication that Weaving the Fate might finally play to its strengths.
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