LOCALS ONLY: Habitat
By Zachariah Weaver
The first track, “Nonesense,” starts off with a late 60s/early 70s “boom, boom boom smack!” rock beat and begins to sound a little doo-woppy throughout the rest of the song. This, in my opinion, however far away from mainstream music by today’s standards Habitat is, gives off a little bit of the spirit of The Beatles. And that’s something that makes this album work for me.
They have given their garage-like style a bit of a psychedelic twist that still trends with old pop rock from thirty or forty years ago. The album actually has a chance to surprise the listener with different sounds that are not being used right now in music. And it did that for me.
“Like I Share Mine” is a track that incorporates that psychedelic twist I mentioned. Sounding close to the Brooklyn, NY based band, Beach Fossils, Habitat is guitar heavy in this tune and the band lets the phaser pedal run wild. Vocalists Jon Delacruz and Ivan Alcon sing about opening up and being reciprocal between two people’s lives in this dreamy rock song.
The third track—“Consequences” is the tune I have a big imagination for. There are certain songs in the world I can just picture the perfect music video for. For this one, I picture old footage of the band on tour, loading onto an airplane—huge waves of multi-colored lights swirl around them as they are playing their instruments. While the band is playing, the airplane begins to tear apart in the air and it’s doomed to crash. I could see this action-packed video making the song the band’s most recognizable track; their hit.
The last track on the EP—“Sycing in a Lake” brings together every type of sound the band already touched upon with the other three songs. It’s doo-woppy and psychadelic but it’s poppy and garage-rock n’ roll; the verse is the old doo-woppy part and the chorus gives us the rock aspect. There’s also this small little tag that is weird and trippy that balances the song with the rest of the album.
An added surprise is that Delacruz and Alcon jump back and forth leading vocals throughout the verses and choruses on this last tune. The song is a perfect ending for Habitat and the album is a great stepping stone for the LP the band says is coming soon. Be sure to go check out the EP on BandCamp for yourself.