Album: The Business
Big Rapids, MI band Saraph proves that you should never judge a book
by it’s cover. Upon seeing a photo of the members and peeking at their album artwork, I expected smaller whinier vocals and catchy power chords played in the same repetitive pattern that I’ve come to expect with any band who dresses well. However, upon listening to their EP The Business, I can say I’m glad I was wrong.
With driving and guitars and powerful lyrics, this refreshing group brings a new spin on the old tired cliche of modern rock. Proving it’s okay to look well while writing music that caters to a much more male audience.
My obvious favorite off the EP was without a doubt “Expectations”, with an addictive guitar riff and obvious anguish, it’s easy to fall into the track and relate with Saraph. With the line “Where is my ever after, where is my calvery?” ushering into a fantastic breakdown, it’s hard not to fall in love with this track.
The second track to check out is “Hell To Pay”, starting with an infectious guitar riff and pounding vocals with slight harmony, it’s an easy listen. Another line to catch in this track, “They say it’s going to get better before it gets worse, If I were you, I’d stay away from this town”, definitely speaks volumes about the writing abilities of Saraph.
Overall, a young band with lots of room to grow. With an impressive collection of artists they’ve played shows with including Black Stone Cherry, MSI, and Theory of a Deadman this is a band to keep your eye on. Modern Rock is ready for some refreshing new acts, and this is one I hope to hear in the near future.
**Written by Laura Haggard**