Earlier this year, singer/songwriter Eric Tepe released the EP Singapore (under the name Eric Matthew Tepe and the Reeds) that showcased his impressive songwriting and an AltPop sound strong enough to garner industry attention. Saturday at downtown’s Mainstay Rock Bar, Tepe and his top-shelf backing group — now called the Eric Tepe Band — celebrate the release of another new EP, this one even more accessible and radio-ready.
The self-titled EP features songs that would fit perfectly with the guitar-driven Pop Rock heard on Top 40 radio as well as ones with a heavier, more forceful vibe that would slide comfortably into the playlist of most “Active Rock” stations. The band was assisted on the EP by producer Ashley Shepherd, who helped achieve the recording’s crisp, highly professional quality.
Tepe’s vocals occasionally sound exactly like Chris Martin of Coldplay, which can be distracting but bodes well for the band’s commercial viability.
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