By Jon Rice / Midwest Beat Magazine / November 2003
Emitter, Emitter, Emitter... SOMEONE GIVE THESE GUYS A RECORD DEAL ALREADY!!!!!
The fine lads of Emitter have put together yet another collection of tunes to hopefully snag a record deal titled, el camino yes maybe. This has to be their best yet! (Hmmm... didn't I say that last time with their EP, Melody?)
The 4-track EP from this local group starts off "Left It On The Floor," a pop gem with ebb and tide dynamics, shout out loud choruses, fist in the air "hey-hey-heys!," perfectly placed "doo-doos" and fantastic vocal work from Jason James. Dave Schoon's bass playing is the bomb on this track. This song is a great calling card for the band as it shows the listener great songwriting, talented musicians and their fun disposition.
The brutally honest and tongue-and-cheek tune "White Trash Town" comes up next with a wonderfully descriptive portrait of Midwest hamlets full of El Caminos, trailer parks, karaoke parties in every bar, and dreams lost in the dust of despair. Great guitar-work from Steven Van Der Griend on this one.
Emitter really knows how to get the listener to join in with their songs. The CD ends (unfortunately) with an acoustic flavored "West Texas" -- again featuring the confident voice of Jason James. This song builds to a very complex and colorful soundscape. You can feel the dirty dust cloud that imprisons the character of the song as he waits for the metaphoric "rain" to release him from whatever it is he needs releasing from... A somber and effective tune that gives the band some space to gel.
I really wish someone would give these guys a record deal so I can listen to more than four songs at a time! Emitter could certainly stand equal to The Verve Pipe, Goo Goo Dolls, Counting Crows and Tonic.
Fantastic songwriting, über talented musicians, fun, and professionalism make Emitter the ones to watch.
el camino yes maybe demands to be in your collection!
- Jon Rice