Everyone goes bananas over genre-busting bands. But what about those that identify with nothing but their own sound? Bands that are secure in their tone and attack to the point that apparent or obvious influence simply rolls off their backs. Rochester's Axis Armada falls between the cracks while celebrating the cracks on this new self-titled endeavor. The band jams between acoustic and electric notions but doesn't clog the palette by deftly delivering beginnings and ends to the corpulent middle. Recorded in Farmington and mixed in LA, this is a quality platter that rocks steady and smooth start to finish.
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