"Wallkill River Demo"- Rhino House Band (Review)
It only takes two songs to be drawn into this indie band. Coming from Brooklyn, New York, Rhino House Band is a catchy, rhythmic, feel good band. Light acoustic guitars and bouncing drums demand you get off your ass and start dancing around wherever you may be. Just listen to the first track, “Feelings (Don’t Got Me No)”. This poetic little song, coming in at just 3 minutes and 5 seconds, is a real foot stomper. And while singer Ricky Demetro swoons and croons about all of the things he doesn’t have, he does have feelings and thoughts and his guitar. He certainly uses those tools well. If you’re not chanting along with the backing vocals, clapping, and dancing, you might not have a soul.
The second song, “Wallkill River”, is a little different. Its thin guitar reminds slightly of Vampire Weekend. The rhythm section groves throughout this song under a mood that’s still dance-ish, but slightly melancholy. The middle section of the song changes up the dynamic as the bass drops and the drums hit a reggae kinda beat, driving on the hi-hat. It is a bit more downbeat than “Feelings” as Ricky shouts “I’m never gonna sing my songs” and “I really can’t help myself/ “I feel just like somebody else”. “Wallkill River” is certainly my favorite of the two.
The “Wallkill River Demo” is definitely worth your time if you’re in to indie bands. Rhino House Band delivers two solid tracks that beg you come dance with them in the moonlight, by a river, and slightly drunk.
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