Warapada: Album Review
There’s a fine line between influence and imitation. While it’s easy to see that FERRIS studied pre-Revolver Beatles and the Red Hot Chili Peppers prior to recording Warapada, the band doesn’t drift into the abyss of mimicry.
For a set with only three members, FERRIS crafted an album that sounds as if there’s twice as many musicians on display. Most of the songs are loud and catchy thanks to the guitar melodies, but Kevin Davidson, the drummer, made sure his stamp was made as well.
Warapada, as a collection of songs, is risky at times, and it’s important to measure how the band plays with their aesthetic over the course of 41 minutes.
The album is all over the place lyrically as references to Broad Ripple, space dolphins and jellyfish spin and pop all over the instrumentals. These songs seem to have purpose, but the lyrics also sound like inside jokes that only the songwriters will truly understand.
Because of this, Warapada sounds like a completely collaborative effort as it pertains to the sequencing of the thirteen songs. The band knows how to build a strong sing-along, even if you don’t know that you’re singing-along to, and that adds to their power as an eccentric group.
Furthermore, the video for lead single “Empress of Tunka” embraces stereotypical images of wild figures in their early 20s embracing everything that goes against decency and common understanding. In short, the band will either shock or repulse you, but both sides will be entertained nonetheless.
In my case, I was, if nothing else, completely amused by singer Matt Loewenstein’s outlandish songwriting. “Empress of Tunka,” “Broad Ripple Ducks,” and “Dolphins in Space” are examples of this. Listen to these songs once and you may get lost. But after the third or fourth listen, a common theme begins to form.
In the end, some of the better songs on the album are when FERRIS strays away from their fun-loving attitude for something mellow.
“Get Lost,” for example, is a well-written track that combines optimistic lyrics under a pessimistic musical tone. If the band writes more songs that cover this territory in particular, they’ll be able to balance full-length albums with more precision.
Another standout track towards the end of the record, “Aly Bammy,” shines mostly because it sounds like no other song on the album. Once again, this adds intrigue to the band as listeners will wonder why a song like that was ever conceived in the first place.
I appreciated the dip into lo-fi production with that particular track, but I would love to hear that particular song re-recorded, or, better yet, performed live.
Self-proclaimed shark rocketeers FERRIS succeed in making a lasting impression with Warapada. If the next record features a greater balance of songs like “Get Lost,” and “It’s The Bug,” FERRIS have the chance to make an impact in the state and beyond.
MY FINAL VERDICT: YES, YES, now go listen to the album and enjoy the wildness.