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Rocky Votolato
Light and Sound EP
Second Nature Recordings

Rating: NR/10 ?


October 1, 2004
At one point in our lives, be it in a brief moment of rage or in a carefully masterminded plot, we've all wanted to bludgeon somebody- or something- else with a baseball bat. Remember the scene in Office Space with the copier? We've all had the urge to go gung-ho just like that.

The difference between Rocky Votolato and us is that where we simply have the thought, he sits down and writes a song about it. And shockingly, he crafts a beautiful, heartfelt ballad from such anguish.

"Deal with it/ forget/ sometimes I can't/ so I want to hit somebody with a baseball bat/ break his fucking knees/ and take pleasure in it," croons Votolato on "A Discourse on Killing," the second track off of the supplemental Light and Sound EP. The four track disc works well as an introduction to a more mature and intimate Votolato in anticipation of the forthcoming full length, Suicide Medicine.

The lead track, "The Light and the Sound" (which will also appear as the opener to Suicide Medicine) exhibits Votolato's John Rzeznik style vocals which are further showcased on the haunting "Blue and Grey," the most personal and dark track on this short release. Votolato laments, "I know all too well/ the demons I can't handle/ will hurt the ones I love." No smoke or mirrors are to be found anywhere in Votolato's music. It's all heart, sincerity, and vulnerability.

Although often cornered into the emo market and comparisons to the genre's own singer/songwriters, Votolato falls closer to the folk-rock line than the one paved by the likes of Dashboard Confessional. Rocky Votolato is, thankfully, no Chris Carabba. With a more sincere and musically developed style, Votolato comes across as a smooth mixed beverage that's two parts Denison Witmer, one part acoustic Goo Goo Dolls, and a splash of Copeland. Mix together and enjoy drowning your sorrows.

Reviewed by Natalie B. David
A fresh graduate of the Grady College of Journalism at the University of Georgia, in her spare time she can be found clumsily manipulating words and phrases for LAS and Beautiful/Decay magazine, hungering for sushi, naming inanimate objects or pondering the existence of stiletto heels. If you see her, you should buy her a cup of coffee because, chances are, she probably needs it.

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