New Jersey Pop/Rock band Splashing Violet is bringing listeners back to the 90’s with their Alt/Rock throwback LP Neverland. Headed by vocalist Lisa Cavallaro, a.k.a. Violet, the band has all the makings of a 90’s Alt band– thrashing guitars, heavy beats, and angsty lyrics. Although this type of music has fallen out of favor, the band does a good job and brings some nostalgia to Gen-X’ers who grew up with this type of music.
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On the track “Superman”, the guitar and organ are a nice touch to the song’s instrumentation. The song is catchy- it has a Letters to Cleo 90’s vibe to it. The song is decent, but a little dated in sound. Lead singer Violet has a pleasant enough voice, with a mellow tone. Her voice does go off-key at times though, which is something she can easily work on. “Plastic” is a song with an up-tempo beat, thrashing guitars and has a darker, moodier vibe. Violet’s vocal shortcomings are a little more apparent on this track. Its off-key and just doesn’t gel well with the dark tone of the music. Her voice sounds more suited for sunnier, happier songs. And again, the song sounds dated. On the namesake song “Neverland,” the guitars are heavy and the drumming spot on. The instrumentation shows off the band members’ talents. Violet’s voice is decent, but is upstaged by the male singer on this track. His rich voice adds to the song, and the harmonizing between the two singers works really well. The male vocalist should be featured in more songs.
Splashing Violet is a band with talent, and they make a valiant effort with this LP. Some improvements in the singing, and maybe bringing in some more modern elements to the songs can really make this band reach their full potential and shine!