Silverscene – The Pendulum Demos (1997 P-Noize Records)
The Pendulum Demos is a rough CD from an interesting four piece band from Virginia. Led by Andrea Esperat on vocals and vox, with Glenn Mungcal on guitars, and vox, Penn Abenir on bass, and Vince Marcelo on drums. This band has a steady beat, and backs up each other. They are very rough.
The first thing one notices in listening to this CD is the lack of mixing or mastering. The first few songs are instrument heavy with vocals blending into the background. Luckily this improves later in the CD. Esperat has gentle and subdued vocals that are both happy and melancholy at the same time. Most of the songs were written by Mungcal and follow a repetitive chorus. “I Wish You Hated Me” is about a relationship never meant to happen. “slow loris” is a love song with superb lyrics. “do you know” is about the state of being lonely. The songs have an energy and a speed all their own.
Silverscene is a band one would like to see live. The Pendulum Demos hint at something BIG just behind the scenes. Perhaps a live CD in the future would bring that out. For more information visit http://www.silverscene.com