Tactylics - The Guilty Pleasures Prototype
- Artist: Tactylics
- EP: The Guilty Pleasures Prototype
- Label: Unsigned
- Year of Release: 2009
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- Reviewed by: hstisgod on 2009-10-08
Energy is one of the most imperative aspects of music to the mind. So to find an energetic (in any direction) band unsigned is always appealing. Hailing from the NY Metro area, I'm sure the Tactylics, are another form of guilty pleasure to the ears of many in NYC. Surrounded by a town breeds terrific dark mood or garage, Tactylics may be as cheesey as a unicorn breeding under the great city lights.
I can imagine a few bars in NYC would enjoy these guys live. Rhythm and blues with tact (of course) is there. Though I'm missing something myself as the lead vocals are not necessarily short of bite, but something near that explanation. What I'm envisioning is a cover band riling up a bunch drunk and rowdy bargoers. They decided to write some of their own songs, and mince in their 21st century influences from Hip Hop and Rock. While songs like "Cat Call" have an immediate 311 hook and cut, the chorus goes Adult40 rock. Certainly similar to say, what Finger Eleven has become over the years.. "Cat Call" and "More" have a remix, for those that are into that sort of thing.
Probably the best sign of potential in six tracks is "Keep Away", which has more of that clean crunch Metal guitar. All out on the table? Tactylics have a strong grip of mixed genres and the ability to write professionally. Something is missing though, the vocals ability to really attach itself to the viridity of the music. Vocals are done in taste, and even in a fair amount of tone, but there's just something not right about it. I give 'em a 5 just for having balls to be this pornorific. I mean com'on, even Dave Gahan is enjoying that remix of "Cat Call". Let's round upwards for potential and I'll give this three of five stars.
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on 2009-11-26 dscanland Said:
Tactylics are a New York based funk-rock band that have just release a lofty and fun EP entitled The Guilty Pleasures Protocol. In reality it's only 3 songs but each of the three tracks gets a remix chalking this EP up to a tracklisting of 6.
First up is a track called "Cat Call" showing us a wonderfully funky rhythm that gets the blood pumping with some really groovy guitar and equally impressive vocals. The next song is "Keep Away" opting for not quite as much energy as the opening song. It does have a lot of charisma though. On the third track, "More (Somethings Gotta Give)" we are presented with a soulful track presenting a hip hop artist by the name of Double A.
The remixes are worthy of mention though and present these three songs in a completely different light. Some of them wouldn't seem out of place on the dancefloor.
The Guilty Pleasures Protocol is a solid offering, each song has radio potential. The entire set is ready for mass consumption, given the right direction. I'm keeping my eyes on Tactylics. I predict much success for this New York act.