Throughout 2012, the Making Moves series, handled by both Mad Dragon Records and The Boombox Generation, has managed to produce quality, exciting experiences with each of their respective 7″ releases. And while releasing material from previously established groups, like A Great Big Pile of Leaves and Motion City Soundtrack, has been effective, it’s really been the introductions present in the series which remain the most rewarding. Beginning with The Company We Keep and continuing with groups like Brick + Mortar and Goldrush, the series has successfully plucked acts from relative obscurity, allowing them to thrive on a larger stage. The latest in these introductions — Michigan-based group, The Skies Revolt — proves to be another excellent find, arriving to the project by way of Twitter fan suggestions. Admirers of both synth-pop and other forms of electronic-based rock should be thanking whatever fan lobbied on behalf of the group, as the talented band should find their way into a legion of listeners’ playlists following the three song release of Making Moves.
“Green Dress; In A Sense,” serves as the B-side to the 7″ single, and is being hit on first considering it’s clearly the standout track. Vocalist Dave Prindle reigns in his unique voice to perfection, reminding one of The Arcade Fire’s early material. Meanwhile, guitar work from Prindle and Bobby Dowell is also impressive, the layering of each individual riff creating an electric atmosphere. Your soundtrack to an epic night on the town, “Green Dress” is one of the better individual tracks released throughout 2012.
Unfortunately, the A-side is a bit of a hiccup, though, with “For Your Health” employing a surprisingly generic hook and unnecessarily unhinged vocal work. By the time the bridge rolls around, the track begins to improve, its mixture of gang and echoing vocals adding a little creativity to the previously bland offering. Furthermore, percussion work from Eli DenBesten is also impressive, as he powers through the track with unrelenting ferocity.
“Germaine Throws It Up,” a digital only bonus song, is the final track offered and with it comes an easily identifiable 80’s influence. Robotic vocals are coupled with impressive work on the electronic-aided keys, almost as if the song came straight from the era. Even the lyrics match up with the simplicity present throughout many of that time period’s hits, as Prindle acts as almost a lyrical metronome, stating, “This is just an excuse for boys to meet girls and girls to meet boys; This is just an excuse for boys to kiss girls and girls to kiss boys.” What’s most notable about the track, is that it represents an entirely different feeling than the prior two, showing off the group’s diversity.
Sound Quality: Both tracks actually on the record have an excellent sound, carrying impressive depth, especially for the release being an extremely light and colored 7″. That combination of factors usually leads to less than satisfactory results, but like the majority of the Making Moves series, producing music specifically for the vinyl format has paid huge dividends in regard to sound quality. It’s quite obvious that the tracks were mastered for the pressing. That being said, the sound wasn’t perfect, as some distracting surface noise existed at the beginning of each track. My copy also hit a couple locations in which skipping was a problem.
Packaging: As with all entries in the series, the record comes in extremely simple packaging. Lacking an inner sleeve, the jacket is open, showing off the record’s label. No lyric insert is included, with minor credits placed on the label. Either an inner sleeve (for additional protection) or lyric insert (for well, lyrics) would be preferable, but for the visual aspect of the entire series, the packaging allows the color to be fully represented, making for a very appealing look.
Extras: Each entry of the Making Moves series includes a digital download, along with a digital-only bonus track. The 7″ was pressed on translucent blue vinyl, continuing with the series’ rainbow color scheme. So far, the spread has included red (The Company We Keep); highlighter yellow (Brick + Mortar); green (Goldrush); and teal (A Great Big Pile Of Leaves). Mad Dragon Records and The Boombox Generation has also offered a box-set of all the 7″ entries, which includes a 90-minute documentary, a poster and a USB with all the songs on it. The venture has given fans plenty to pick up if they enjoy the music being produced.
Summary: With The Skies Revolt’s entry in the Making Moves series, listeners are treated to an up and coming band’s first real experience in the spotlight. Luckily, with this experience, they provide one of the year’s best tracks with “Green Dress; In a Sense,” bringing to mind some of the better indie-rock experiences of the past decade. Like the other entries in the series, the sound quality turns out well for the 7″ single, while the packaging leaves a bit to be desired. Overall, The Skies Revolt is another solid discovery for the project.
Make Sure To Spin: “Green Dress; In a Sense”