Deep Inside Your Mind
Review by Andrea Guy
Deep Inside Your Mind is the debut album by Heidleberg's 61Inch. These guys really don't show off their German roots in their music, in fact, it is hard to believe they are German. The music has a very American sound. The band is made up Jesse Safferlin on guitar and vocals, Klaus Kormos on bass and Philipp Phrosh Köhler on drums and backing vocals.
61Inch is that breed of artist that falls into many genres, pop-punk, rock, alternative. They have the typical "angry young man" punk attitude but with pop sensibility. Deep Inside Your Mind will take you back to the 90s when bands like Third Eye Blind were dominating the charts.
The album opens with "Morning Sunbreak." This song has Top 40 hit written all over it. It is easy to picture hearing it every 3 hours on your local radio station. It has the making of a great power pop hi, great melody, catching lyrics and a cool vocal.
"After All" proves that this band can rock with the best of them. If "Morning Sunbreak" is pop, "After All" is rock. Jesse Safferling makes his guitar scream and shout. It is hard to notice anything about this song, except the guitar. They are front and center, making your head bob a'la Beavis and Butthead.
They keep rocking hard on "Lost and Found." This song is full of aggression and energy. It is hard not to be caught up in that energy. It makes you want to move. Not dance, but move. This is the song you want to have playing when you are stuck in rush hour traffic.
"Silence" has the band returning to a more top 40 sound, a'la Pearl Jam. They prove repeated on this album that they are well rounded. It isn't all loud, screaming guitars, though that certainly makes up a large portion of 61inch's sound.
"What Costs The World" is power pop punk. This is the type of song that you play loudly and you sing along with no matter how many people are around.
It is impossible to say which musical direction they do best. These three guys are immensely talented. Sometimes they manage to take a song in both directions, top 40 and rock. Songs like "Planet" show 61Inch at their absolute best, rocking hard but still melodic enough to fit in with more pop oriented songs.
"Bring Me Back To Earth" is another track that falls in between. It is really these songs that make you notice because they blend the styles of music so well.
If you have a desire for the pop rock sound, "Maybe" is a real winner. This is the album's girlie song, showcasing how well Jesse Safferling can sing, and he can.
It isn't often that you see a performer credited for screaming, but the bass player, Klaus Kormos, is and when you reach the closing track, "Lie", his talent is put to good use. There are a lot of B-Movie producers out there looking for Klaus for their horror films!
Deep Inside Your Mind is an album for rock fans who have friends that like more mainstream music. This is an album that can keep everyone pleased. If you are looking for something new, but with a taste of something familiar, 61Inch is the band you want to listen to. They are definitely a band on the move. Their sound has crossover appeal whether rocking out or delivering a more pop oriented sound. Deep Inside Your Mind is a strong debut from a band that all eyes will be upon. It will be interesting to listen to them grow musically.
Review by Andrea Guy
Rating: 4 stars (out of 5)