We Got It Figured out is the first ever release from Montreal quartet The Sick Things. The EP is short on substance, but it showcases the bands strengths and ultimately leaves the listener wanting to hear more.
The Sick Things seem to have taken the old rock n’ roll motto of keeping things simple to heart, as every song is short and straightforward in structure. Though they’re far from being the first band to proclaim their adherence to this mindset, what they lack in originality, they make up for in charisma and execution. Lead singer and guitar player Cam Turin has a great voice and is the highlight of the record. His style is raw and unfiltered, but he inflects just enough emotion to make it all more meaningful despite the sometimes thin lyrical content.
With it’s 1970s-sounding guitar riff intro that is part Kansas and part The Strokes, title track “We Got It Figured Out” serves as a good introduction to the band’s style of melodic rock mixed with old school attitude, led by a charismatic and talented singer. Not a bad mix at all. Aside from Turin’s aforementioned vocal talents, the rest of the band does a good job supporting him without really standing out in any fashion. That being said, this is not the kind of music that needs too much showmanship. Even Turin himself seems to be able to exercise some restraint, as there are only a few guitar solos to speak of and no vocals eccentricities, such as harmonies or adlibs, to be found.
We Got It Figured Out’s production values are, disappointingly, quite low. I don’t imagine the band was going for a radio-ready sheen, but the record is not up to the standards that most listeners are accustomed to in terms of sonic quality. It’s a letdown because the music, although very strong, suffers from a lack of production.
With a runtime of about ten minutes, it is hard to get into a deep analysis of what The Sick Things may or may not have to offer. But the one thing that is clear is that this band has a very strong foundation upon which to build. One can only hope that this small glimpse is but a preview of some great things to come.
Written by Ben Massicotte
*edited by Kate Erickson