SOMETIMES A CIGAR … IS JUST A CIGAR
In interviewing Q.E.D. front-man Ra for a feature in the Nov. 17 edition of Yorkton This Week, I found out the band has a rather diverse range of influences, although with the common thread of rock. Their stated influences included; the Beatles, Pink Floyd, Tool, The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, U2 among them.
However, Ra himself said as a band they simply “play rock and roll.”
That was good to hear. I rather like the idea of rock bands which aren’t looking to add some adjective to the term rock to describe what they are doing musically.
Q.E.D. also has an international flavour. Both Ra and percussionist Sandy Fernandez were born in India, and the band’s bassist Lance DeLeon is originally from the Philippines, with Shawn Nelson, lead guitarist from Terrace, B.C.. The diversity of home country had me hoping there would be more cultural elements to the music, but in the end Sometimes a Cigar … Is Just a Cigar comes across as very North American-sounding.
While there is nothing inherently wrong with having a North American rock-style, Q.E.D. could benefit from offering something a little different. As a typical rock band they come across as somewhat ordinary, and rather uninspired to my ear.
Floating On Freud comes closest to rising above the rest in terms of pushing the packet just a bit musically, but one song can’t by itself lift the CD to move than average status.
The Glitch, the first single release from the CD is likely the most marketable of the tunes, although I personally like Thinking About You as best on the recording.
Check them out at www.qedmusic.com
— CALVIN DANIELS
-- Review first appeared in Yorkton This Week newspaper Nov 24, 2010 - Yorkton, SK. Canada