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Album: The Five Stages EP
Genre: Indie Rock
Rating:10 out of 10 stars
Website: Band Official Website
Reviewed by: Mary Angela Tobin
Edited by: Charles Harrelson
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Imagine you are in a rock band called “Skittish.” Imagine one of the other members of the band
commits suicide. What do you do in response? There is one thing that’s pretty universal for human beings.
You go through the five stages of grief. Jeff Noller did that. He did something else rather remarkable,
though. Not only did he turn the band into a solo project, but he recorded an EP about those five stages of
grief. And, this is not a sad release at all, but rather a joyous and fun set.
For denial, Noller provides a song called “Running Lights.” After a weird little introduction it moves
into a great pop music texture that’s very indie. The thing is, it’s also full of layers and very powerful.
It has blues, folk, bluegrass and even punk built into it. It’s more of a roots sound than anything else,
but it’s also powerful and rocks. It’s one that’s likely to inspire some toe tapping at the least.
The noisy bass that starts “Built to Break” conveys the concept of anger, the stage the song represents.
It’s almost like stoner metal mixed with The Residents and Nine Inch Nails. Yet, the bass brings a groove
to it that just screams “move with the music.” This is noisy and angry and also great.
This is weird, but also a lot of fun. It’s a real thrill ride, working through a lot of different
modes and sections.
“The Fixer” represents bargaining. It feels almost like a drunken bar song in some ways.
It’s old time music. Vaudeville and other sounds show up on it. The multiple layers of
vocals add a lot of interest to an already interesting piece. Depression is delivered here
via “Kerosene.” The obvious choice would have been a mellow, slow moving song. That’s not
what Moller does. Instead this is more of an indie pop piece a bit like Oasis. It’s a very
pretty piece of music that has a lot of energy and some changes. After some weird backwards
stuff, it comes back in a really triumphant sounding section. A pretty and pop infused sound
serves as the music for “The World Needs Bartenders” ending the concept with acceptance. There
really is a gentle, kind of comfort and organic texture that feels like that sort of place.
There’s a rather weird marching section later that gives way to a more speedy version of the main themes.
There are a lot of “indie” acts out there who do music that’s similar to this type of stuff.
Many of them are on real labels and have much larger budgets than Jeff Noller had here.
They should listen to this and hang their heads in shame because he’s done it better than
they do. Or maybe their labels should come have a chat with Noller and give him a shot.
This is a wonderful set. Who knew catharsis could be this entertaining to listen to?
Mary Angela Tobin
Edited by: Charles Harrelson
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