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Ring, Cicada
Self-titled EP
Two Watts Records

Rating: NR/10 ?

October 1, 2004

In so many ways I listen to this self-titled EP by Ring, Cicada and think to myself: More. With a total run time of 12 minutes 21 seconds, I'm left wanting to hear more. I want more music, more songs. While I'm content to press repeat on the CD player, I'd much rather press repeat after having heard twice as many songs. At least having seen them live I can say that there is more to be heard.

Ring, Cicada are an instrumental rock outfit. Heavy on the rock. The information given me about the band says that they've shared the stage with the likes of Shiner, Don Caballero, and others. And that seems to fit. But I think I can also see them having played with Pelé, as the closing riff on the opening song "La Renard" cools down, hinting at said band. And I think I can also see them having played with AC/DC, as overall it seems like they've long steeped themselves in summer afternoons spent spinning Back in Black, as well as For Respect-era Don Caballero.

"La Renard" yields to the second and longest song on the CD: "Lunar". And as the title implies, it's a song given to the impulse to float along on its largely somber feel, surrendering at times, opening up to slow eruptions, closing eventually with a wavering hush that floats away from you. The next song opens, quickly leaning heavily on a triumphant ascending rock guitar line, opening up quickly each time it repeats into some beautiful dual Telecaster rock. Finally we're left with the last song that ends, closing the CD with the classic staccato closing rock riff: one chord, one bass drum and crash cymbal: 1, 2, 3, 4 - and the last chord rings out, finally brought to a halt by the drums, and it's done.

As their bio suggests a future peppered with vocals, again I want more. I'd love to hear just how Ring, Cicada could enter vocals into the mix. Just what would they say? What could be said that isn't already said in this very strong, albeit too short, collection of songs?

Reviewed by David Miller

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