I Am Inside My Body
Reviewed by: Lauren Rosier
The latest release, I Am Inside My Body, from Minnesota-based quartet, Guytano, sounds like one from a band that’s already huge. Then you learn that they’re unsigned and wondering what is wrong with the record labels.
The four-piece, comprised of brothers Eddie (bass and synths) and Grant (vocals/rhythm guitar/piano) Hamilton, Jack Hebert (lead guitar/vocals), and Issac Hesse (bass/synths), have crafted a collection of super solid songs ready for alternative rock radio.
Think Coldplay, Keane, Snow Patrol, and other similar alt-rock giants. Yes, you’ll probably immediately hear the vocal similarities between Grant Hamilton and Chris Martin, but besides that similarity, the two bands have their own characteristics.
“Send Me Something” is a beautiful, melodic, piano-based track that will mostly likely garner comparisons to Coldplay, but it also says that they’re different. They’re a band that has a fuller, richer sound. The guitars at the end are fantastic
If you want to try something completely different, listen to “Blue Skies.” Everything about this song just says artistry. It starts out with killer guitar riffs and catchy synths, but then changes tempo. In fact, this song changes tempo a lot, but it’s still a very cohesive song. It’s a little bit Two Door Cinema Club, a little bit Keane, and 100 percent Guytano. It has some really sick guitar grooves, some tropical and reggae-inspired elements, and arrangement is unique and unexpected.
“…Past is the present hidden in disguise / if I’m wrong, please tell me so / or I know I will be hangin’ by a rope / Please don’t hang me…”
If there’s any song on here that screams ready for radio, it’s “Fall Back In Your Arms.” I’ll be honest, I did immediately hear Coldplay. I hear this song being on the radio and being a big hit.
“When It’s Over” and “Where I Lie” are two great alternative rock, piano-based tracks that really help the band to share their strengths. For their age, Guytano has all the elements to be become a big noise maker in the alternative rock world; it’s just a matter of time.