We haven’t heard a more super-catchy, radio-ready tune this year than “Playback,” by these formidable Vienna-based ex-pats. Cheery, upbeat, sunny, the song’s impassioned vocals are hard to shake off. All of which makes the other tunes submitted — “Are We Together Yet?” and “Testify”— a bit of a letdown. While those two songs are strong in their own right, their sudden shift from indie pop-rock to balls-out blues-rock is puzzling, despite singer Andrew Charlewood’s able game at the mic. It makes the band seem a bit schizo. As they go forward, we urge Charlywood to emphasize their obvious pop-rock skills. Film/TV folks and college radio will want to jump on “Playback” before the competition snags it.
Charlywood - "Playback"