Some comments/reviews on our EP “Don’t You Wish” released May 2012 (and other general comments)
CHANGING GEARS are a band that features in the current edition of U&I Music Magazine and they were introduced by our compere KEIRON CAMPBELL BLACK as a band that will ‘blow your freakin’ mind’. With their first track “Everything In Its Place” there is a descriptive loop from the sound on it. The song also has a catchy way of drawing you in that gracefully seeps through. The loom is tied to something that conveys a raw, retro styling that hangs in the air finely on the rhythm front. The eponymous title of their current EP was next. “Fun” seems to invest shades on their sound that are influenced or reminiscent of ELVIS COSTELLO AND THE ATTRACTIONS. That is down to how you relate to the lyrics and the vocal styling, but the comparison is down to how the quality side of things shows. The rhythm is superb here and the bass is felt on the play. While it is a brief tune they pack a lot in on it. The fullness to the rhythm is felt on “Don’t You Wish” and it shows a sense of urgency in how it comes across. Here the clarity in the sound pushes all of the playing forward. The band measure it all and that is why they deliver so well on it. With “Soup” the rhythm has a whip to it. It produces something bountiful and fresh that gauges everything well. How it sounds is tasty. The trinity of the guitar riffs, bass line and drumming turn in handsomely on it in a free way that rolls along descriptively. The proven quality about it gives a menace to it all.
There is a tidy and settled feel to “See Right Through You” that lends a real bustle to the tempo. The overall feel to it is content and homely. They carve a nostalgic turn into it in terms of how it all comes together. It instigates a serene feel to it all that shows well from the band. There is a mesmerising lift to “The Factory” that comes from the proactive approach from the band. The compact way that it is all pieced together shows and the bursts in the playing gift the rhythm with the necessary colour to how it all sounds. What is also commendable about it is the way that the mechanics of the song all work together. Their next track “Apples” also fashions a beat that draws you in with the slower approach adopted. The lyrics also give it a good showing. They stir those qualities and the overall effort matches the quality to the intent. The bridge on it is an intense affair and it then leads nicely into closing number “Squeeze Me At The Brickhouse”. They also bring a harmonica into play and it adds to the upbeat tempo it has overall. It steps out finely and has an arresting feel with how the playing comes around that surges along with the delivery here.
The band has recently released an EP called “Fun” which is reviewed in the current issue of U&I Music Magazine.
Maybe I’m too easily impressed, but any band that chooses to rhyme “Sue”, “Zoo” and “Petits Filous” automatically has my respect. Dublin four-piece Changing Gears, to my knowledge, are the first group in living memory to link zoology and yogurt and, for that, they should be applauded. Whether the rest of their EP, ‘Don’t You Wish’, is as unexpected and original does remain questionable, but if it’s a quick helping of mild-mannered indie-pop you’re after, you won’t go too far wrong.
What Changing Gears offer is a neat line in the lighter, cheery side of the musical spectrum, where everything’s bright, bubbly and upbeat. “Infectious” would be taking it too far, but this is good-mood music which should leave you smiling. It’s all jangly guitars, gentle basslines, and floating harmonies, with only one of the four songs even making it over the three-minute mark. It’s nothing you haven’t heard before or won’t hear again, but it is done well.
Title track Don’t You Wish kicks things off, a catchy, confident opener with a simple guitar-heavy melody. It’s probably the strongest song on here. Same goes later for the closing number, Dirty Fingers. Staying fairly safe and innocuous on the musical side, led again by guitar and keys, it’s Eoin O’Donnell’s and Ciara Moran’s vocals which just about steer it past becoming generic.
Paul Simon remains loyal to the sound of the man himself, the jaunty guitars and warm harmonies lending this little love song a really easygoing, summery feel. Meanwhile, Soup, the yogurt-referencing tale of rejection, keeps that same feel-good factor up, despite the somewhat dejected lyrics. Although well-executed and uncomplicated, they’re both, again, on sometimes too familiar territory.
So, Changing Gears? If anything, this feels like the band are on automatic, cruising smoothly through the indie landscape with no major problems. A change of pace and a slightly new direction might serve them well in the future.
Changing Gears are a cheeky 4 piece hailing from the emerald isle, who are inhabitants of the intertwining streets of one of the most exciting cities the densely cultural island has to offer, Dublin. With history and tradition deep rooted in the souls of every Irish man, woman, girl and boy, music comes as a second nature to these folk, unless you’re called Jedward, but we won’t dwell on them too much. All the typical stereotypical Irish elements you can think of are crammed into the music beautifully created by Changing Gears. They’re masters of storytelling, the tracks are bubbly and fun and just bursting with the happy-go-lucky nature the Irish clan are famous for. The quartet have fashioned together a little musical offering in the form of a 4 track EP, which goes by the name of Don’t You Wish, which was released a couple of months ago. The collection displays their ability to craft some lovely melodies, washed down with simple lyrics and some delicious guitar licks. Although what I can hear from the fun loving bunch is some standard indie offerings, I have a feeling that they’re holding a bit back. I just wish that the Changing Gears shift from 3rd to 4th, but unfortunately, the EP cuts off before we slam into a faster paced musical force. Maybe this is their intention though, and have a lot more stored up their sleeves? Title track ‘Don’t You Wish’ is head and shoulders the best track, with grainy guitars, intertwining vocals and a strong melody that’s extremely infectious. It sounds as if every instrument has a purpose and a story to tell, and together forming a blitzing choir of energy and amusement. The EP flows effortlessly to ‘Paul Simon’ and then to ‘Soup’, which aren’t exactly filler tracks, but they don’t stream ‘indie anthems’ from the rafters. However, you can still enjoy them as singular entities too, don’t get me wrong. Both tracks still have that bouncy story telling darling narrative and upbeat guitar riffs. The EP finishes off with the playful doo-doo-doo’s of ‘Dirty Fingers’, which encapsulates their frisky nature of Changing Gears. With some rich and intense bands hovering around the sonic soundscape Changing Gears are as refreshing as a freezing cold alcopop slushie on a blisteringly hot summer’s day. However, they need to crank it up a notch to unleash their full potential. – Ffion Davies – Altsounds.com http://hangout.altsounds.com/reviews/150395-review-changing-gears-ep.html July 2012
From AU Magazine www.iheartau.com
Whilst exhibiting nothing overly complicated or insanely innovative, therein lies the instant allure of Don’t You Wish, the studio second release from Dublin guitar-pop quartet, Changing Gears. Most of the four songs – particularly the jangly tweedom of ‘Soup’ and closer ‘Dirty Fingers’ – are two-chord driven, plainly-rhymed ditties that get by on the power of merry simplicity. While the title track is nicely reminiscent of Elvis Costello or mid-career R.E.M, highlight ‘Paul Simon’ is a thoroughly upbeat musing that’s equal parts Belle and Sebastian and Allo Darlin’. Ciara Moran’s super-quaint backing vocals spearheads a self-assuredness that could be perfected if the band try moving out of their comfort zone on future releases.
Brian Coney, AU Magazine, http://iheartau.com/2012/05/changing-gears-dont-you-wish-ep/ May 2012
Don’t You Wish is the latest effort from Dublin four piece Changing Gears. It’s a four track EP that is seriously warm and infectious. The title track “Don’t You Wish” is the first track of the EP. It is well structured musically and shows a band whose members really complement each other.
Next is “Paul Simon” and is for me the stand out track. It’s a very mature effort with bouncy bass lines and the kind of rich harmonies that Simon and Garfunkel would be proud of. This one is brilliant from start to finish.
The third track “Soup” is a laid back tune that is a throwback to bands like Tom Petty and the Heart Breakers or even John Cougar Mellencamp. The harmonies are particularly Petty-esque. Easy listening is the only way to describe it and although it is an angst ridden break up song, you can’t help but feel up beat.
The last track “Dirty Fingers” is a little rough around the edges but again is incredibly feel good with a chorus that urges you to get up and dance.
Ireland is not always dependable for a sunny summer but this EP can surely brighten it up.
Ciaran Sweeney, MusicReviewUnsigned, http://www.musicreviewunsigned.com/changinggears.html May 2012
Changing Gears caught my attention simply because of the name of track 2 on their new EP, Don’t You Wish. It’s called ‘Paul Simon’, and any band influenced by that legend is already alright by me. The EP is standard pop-rock fare, but is summery enough to keep you entertained. The backing vocals are sometimes a bit too loud, but this is a very decent start from the Dublin four-piece. What’s more, the record is a “pay what you want” release, so you can get it all for nada. Their second album is due later this year.
Ronan Hunt-Murphy, Swear I’m Not Paul, http://www.swearimnotpaul.com/2012/04/download-changing-gears-dont-you-wish-ep.html 17th April 2012
Some comments/reviews on our album ‘”THE END”
“Dublin four piece band Changing Gears are on the music front since 2007 and their album The End boast twelve excellent tracks, fine lyrics and good music structures makes a good album but great lyrics and intelligent composition makes a great album, The End is very easy listening, on the style of Tom Petty with a dash of Bob Dylan. Call Me When Your Down, stands this album up, vocals and melody are married in perfection, it is a slow moody song but it’s got tons of potential, just like Changing Gears, excellent album and well worth the listen.” T.Halpin – www.musicreviewunsigned.com
“(The End) reminds me of stuff from the early 70’s. Lovely, warm production. A fine debut.” Brendan Hickey – On the Verge; www.dublinsouthfm.ie
“chiming guitars, pleading vocals, appealing harmonies. Changing Gears can play, dance and sing” – Jackie Hayden – Hot Press Magazine
“Lifeless” – goldenplec.com (we love goldenplec.com anyway!!)