What's This Remind You Of?
The music you hear on the radio today, the top 40 stuff; it's like soda pop that has gone flat. It's sweet, there's flavor; you can hear music and singing and harmonies, but it's bland, tiringly repetitious, and lacking a soul. Music and the way music is distributed has gone through some major changes, and there is this rift where you have the plastic world of ready-made bands thrown together via mega corporations on one side and independent, alternative bands that aren't even under a label, yet are perfectly viable and accessible on the other side. Within the bandwidth of independent music there are many genres and subgenres, and a larger occurrence of experimentation. A wider variety of acceptable recording media and the power of recording and editing being easily available combined with the digital online labyrinth has opened the gates to a world of music and aural expression that has been sitting out there unnoticed. "What's This Remind You Of?" is a polished example of a band, Bows & Eros, that took a compilation of original songs from studio to internet distribution without working through a label or record company. The challenge of promoting the album is theirs. Tagging Bows & Eros with a moniker designating what genre they fall under isn't easy. Having somewhere between three to four hundred songs (and counting) under his belt, singer/songwriter John Eros is a very prolific tunesmith who has written songs that fall under many categories. The best way I can describe this album is to compare it to a set of Crayola Crayons. Every song is it's own unique color, and together the assortment touches and acts upon the imagination, emotion, and intellect.