White Octave

Style No. 6312

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Geeky bands like Weezer cleared the commercial path for harder indie rock groups such as the White Octave to be recognized and, at first listen, the White Octave's debut album Style No. 6312 sounds like Weezer in its less campy and more full-force rock moments. As Style No. 6312 continues, there are also reflections of Robert Smith in Stephen Pederson's strong, emotional voice and character. The album's songs are raw yet well played, sounding as if they've been slaved over in a band member's parents' garage for hours on end. However, Style No. 6312 can't be viewed as anything more than a first album from a big fish in a small North Carolina pond. Very rough and raw, it ultimately fails to rise above the mediocre despite some strong moments. Style No. 6312 leaves the impression that the White Octave is just getting started; given more time, hopefully the band will release albums that are much, much better in the future.

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