Liam's Problem: Liam's Problem EP

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Artist: Liam's Problem

Title: Liam's Problem EP

Basics: Liam's Problem describes themselves as a "musical journey through rock, soul, funk and blues" and "as likely to be influenced by The Allman Brothers or Parliament Funkadelic as they are Led Zeppelin or Pear Jam."

There is definitely a Pearl Jam/Soundgarden influence mixed with some a little Led Zeppelin/Allman Brothers showmanship. Funkadelic? Not so much, but what you do find on this EP is some pretty intriguing stuff. 

Best Song: Opener "Screaming At The Top" is a brilliant introduction to what exactly Liam's Problem does best. The vocals are at their best here with lead singer Mike Locher (thanks, fans!) demonstrating his whisky-drenched Southern chops. I'll tell you what, YAFI bands -- your band can be the absolute worst musicians on the face of the earth, but if your lead singer can hold it down, I could care less. A charismatic, talented lead singer goes a long, long way in this world, and Liam's Problem has their bona fide leader in Locher. It's easy to hear the Led Zeppelin influence in his voice, but I tend to hear more Soundgarden era Chris Cornell -- not Audioslave. This, my friends, is plenty a good thing.

Song That Could Use More Work: "Downhearted Shame" has the unfortunate placement of being the first song to slow things down a bit. It is not the most downtempo -- that goes to "Feels Like Home," but that track is the slowest, most mellow on the album. "Downhearted Shame" struggles between being a slower, more mellow offering and being right there with the first three tracks of the EP -- all uptempo in their own right. It also doesn't help that "Downhearted Shame" bites its sound from Alannah Myles' 1989 hit "Black Velvet." Seriously -- I heard that right from the opening, bluesy guitar riff and could not get it from my mind.

Suggestions: Liam's Problem's stated work ethic: "Play anywhere and play there again." I could not have said it better myself. The guys in the band all have Midwestern roots, like seemingly 85% of Arizona, and this is apparently where they draw this relentless work ethic from. Now, I don't know where exactly the name Liam's Problem came from, but the punctuation in their name can be a bit tricky. Not everyone in America is, let's say, the strongest with grammar these days. Liam's Problem has a functioning Myspace page, a great Facebook page and even a Twitter page. These guys definitely know what they're doing.

Grade: B-

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6 comments
Lemmymano
Lemmymano

b-! really? I'd say solid b+/a-. you got to see it to believe it.

bitsygal23
bitsygal23

these boys rock! their covers are fun, but their originals are what makes me wanna see them over and over. they keep getting better. i wait to see them on MTV.

Lissa_kat_25
Lissa_kat_25

Best word of advice for you is to take in a live show. Sit back and take it all in as Locher's voice gets you instantly drunk and Springer's lead guitar hits you right in your sweet spot. Such talant and passion exudes from this band. There sound is addicting and you'll keep wanting more after their hour set. It's always a special treat when they do about a 7-10 minute mix of Led Zepplin and other classic rock/blues songs towards the end of their set. Amazing to say the least. LP needs to be on the airwaves!

musicgirl
musicgirl

See them LIVE! I've seen Liam's Problem many times and they always deliver an amazing performance. They have only gotten better since this EP was released and you can't help but wish you knew every word to every song. If you miss REAL music that MTV and Top 40 can no longer provide, they are one to check out.

MR aka Street Team
MR aka Street Team

First off, the lead singer's name is Mike Locher and will have to give you props for recognizing his amazing vocals. I'm not sure where the B- rating comes from...did you only listen 2 songs???? Their whole album is amazing!!! I would concur that track 4 is the reason for the minus, but in my expert opinion they most certainly earn at least an A-. I would have to say that every song is my favorite depending on the day you ask me. While it's hard to ignore the lead singer, you can't deny that the guitar part in "Feels Like Home" is haunting and cuts right through your soul. Their guitarist is pretty bad ass! If you haven't seen their live show...what the hell are you waiting for? An hour set is not long enough to showcase their talent, but they never disappoint regardless. Today's rock bands pales in comparison to Liam's Problem....these boys belong on the airwaves! Spread the word.

AZLiveMus
AZLiveMus

Their EP looks like the ugly kid in a 4th grade photo next to their live show...I've been to two (last year and last month)...if they use the "midwest work ethic", they'll be a hot ticket by this time next year.

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