Last year our buds over at Down Underground blog exposed us to the smashing 1986 debut ep from Epic Rumors, a San Jose, CA act who straddled the not-so barbed wire fence between commercially viable rock…and that there stuff on the left of the radio dial. Said ep was a helluva listen, offering bristling, forward thinking tunes bejeweled with Big Country and Cult style guitars leads and kinetic fervor to burn.
Three years on, ER got around to making a full length, specifically the one I have in store for you today. In the interim, this quartet curbed their enthusiasm a pinch, thankfully retaining much of their initial melodic punch, conveyed best on “The Procession,” “At the Edge of Heaven” and “Only Love.” Closing things out with a lofty instrumental doesn’t work to their advantage however. If you’re anything like me, you might detect more than a few opaquely veiled themes lending themselves to moral allegory here, albeit nothing alienating. RIYL past W/O entries entailing the Rhythm Corps, Then Jerico, and The Love In.
PS: I’ve got a YouTube clip for you of a reunited Epic Rumors covering SVT’s power pop classic “Heart of Stone.”
01. Knee Jerk Reaction
02. My Eyes (say so much)
03. The Procession
04. Are We Winning
05. At the Edge of Heaven
07. The Puppets Dream
09. Only Love
11. The Feral Child
Articles Origin: Epic Rumors – The Feral Child (1989, Bok Du)