While the Rock and Roll of their fathers may have finally found its resting place, The Take isn’t letting that stop them from taking music in the next logical direction. Look no further than their independently released “Tectonic” EP; a seven-track display of versatility in melody, mood and musicality. They have found themselves in between genres but singer Joe Vivona sees that as, “nothing short of a compliment…[we are] making mainstream rock the way it should be; musical, catchy and real.”
The versatile vocals displayed by Vivona and the lead guitar riffs and solos by Nick LaFalce compliment each other brilliantly and hint at a great new duo in the making, while the songs themselves are fit to fill the arenas. The album starts with the strong and infectious “Of Course It Hurts”, and keeps up the intensity with a heavy-grooving “All Up to You”, complete with an Auto-tuned pre-chorus and a blazing guitar solo. “Now or Never” has a modern Beach Boys feel to it, complete with spot-on vocal harmonies and a great hook. “Over Me” shows a softer side; a mostly acoustic track with assorted percussion to accompany it and a three-part vocal harmony that would make Crosby Stills and Nash proud. “Drift Away” and “What Did you Find?” get the listeners back onto the dance floor, each with its own style. The disc ends with “Without Words”, a seven minute ballad-turned-epic that begs you to sing along.
“Tectonic” shows itself as an excellent résumé from start to finish, proving that they are capable of doing many great things in the years to come.