Artist: Shane Scheib
Album: Fast Friends (EP)
Label: Independent Artist
Genre: Alternative Folk, Americana Pop, Alternative Rock,
Sounds Like: Imagine Dragons, Jack Johnson, John Mayer, Snow Patrol, Fall Out Boy, The Killers, The Strokes
Technical Grade: 8/10
Production/Musicianship Grade: 8/10
Commercial Value: 8/10
Overall Talent Level: 7/10
Songwriting Skills: 8/10
Performance Skill: 7/10
Best Songs: Just Friends, Blind & Ctyin’
Weakness: More vocal risk-taking and harmonies
(NASHVILLE, TENN) Shane Scheib is a Singer/Songwriter based out of Nashville. In the words of another critic: “By using his training in Jazz and incorporating his other influences such as folk, pop and rock, Shane has created a diverse yet cohesive and highly accessible sound.” Justin Kreitzer. His “Fast Friends” EP was released in 2015.
First up Track 1 methodical intro and Track 1 “Run” serves up an enticing guitar ridden groove meshed against hypnotic lyrical content, strong melody and impressive harmonies meshed against rock steady rhythm and inviting melody from Scheib. This intro track sets the tone rather well for a melodic Americana rocking CD like this. Track 2 “Just Friends” keeps it moving in the right direction with soothing melody that continues to build into a passionate yet psychedelic sonic-pop-ditty complete with impassioned duo-vocal presence and a dynamic musical flow. Track 3 “Castle’ serves up yet another superb rock steady groove with thought provoking lyrical content that flows and ebbs its way through to emotional fruition. As these songs slowly unfolded I could hear many musical influences reminiscent of Imagine Dragons, Jack Johnson, John Mayer, Snow Patrol, Fall Out Boy, The Killers and The Strokes. I would classify this music as melodic Sonic Pop, Alternative Rock, with a slight aftertaste of Psychedelic Pop. The songs themselves are addictive, eccentric, fascinating, and very interesting – all reflections of Scheib no doubt. One can’t notice intellectual, passionate and powerful subject matter delivered between the spoken word, with a heavy dose of raw truth and bi-polar vocal emotions that are powerful. The musicianship from all members are rock solid across the board. Sheib showcase rock solid production instants throughout. Besides the 4 piece standard you will also notice things like thick low end beats and rhythms, melodic keyboards and synthesizers, solo guitar, Organ, synthetic sound effects and lush harmonies all built upon a thick as a brick rhythm section. Scheib delivers rock solid vocals throughout that fit this style perfectly. Equally as impressive is the how well he makes the distinct and strong (singer to listener) vocal connection. Scheib has a good look for Singer/Songwriter genera and plays guitar. Sometimes he reminds me of Jack Johnson. His vocal style works with respect to this style of music with its stereotypical Americana-pop-Rock ultra clean musical delivery. Along the way you will notice effective drumming, keyboards, vocals, bass and programming, and his harmonies go well with Scheib’s timbre. What I like most about the music is its passion filled love-themed intellectualism and consistency. Music is quite dynamic as you never really know what’s around the corner. All engineering aspects check out. Music possesses solid low end punch and crystal clear high end clarity. From rocking “Blind & Cryin” to This EP has something for just about everyone.
The drums and tom work really stand out within the mix on Track 1 for some reason. I can barely hear the solo guitar on Track 5 while the vocals are totally in your face – a bit awkward. I wish Scheib took a few more vocal risks here and there showcasing more power, vibrato, falsetto and raw emotion. In the end it’s fair to say Scheib possess an average baritone More harmonies would mix up the vocal delivery a bit better song for song.
In close “Fast Friends” by Shane Scheib is a highly original, melodic and fascinating musical experience from start to finish. Although it’s primarily Americana-Pop-Rock based and like I said before – you never know what’s coming round the corner with this band. The music is fresh and highly entertaining. Its strong suit – its amazing vocal presence and impressive songwriting finesse by Scheib. The songs are extremely melodic, passionate, and captivating and somewhat unpredictable. All these songs have a ring of truth to them. Each song possesses a unique personality, flair, and signature groove. Scheib is a surging Nashville based artist for many reasons armed with a brilliant perspective an amazing voice to inspire your vivid imagination. Need I say more?