The Preakness – The Preakness

The Preakness
The Preakness

The Preakness is a fledgling band out of Atlanta, and on this 4-track, self-titled EP, it shows. The band plays with an air of tentativeness, which could either be intentional or be a function of how short of a time they have been playing together.

Heartfelt lyrics and solid fundamentals demonstrate The Preakness’s potential. However, the four tracks don’t do the band justice or fully show of what they could be capable. On this album, the instrumentals are what stand out. Drummer Tim Genius and lead guitarist Brandon Arnold’s playing far outshines the lyrics and vocals. Their songs flow with an ease and relaxedness, but lack a certain passion. Brandon Arnold’s hesitant singing sounds like a quieter, unsure version of Death Cab For Cutie’s Ben Gibbard. Bassist Tracy Clark’s contributes pretty harmonies to complement Arnold. Despite these positives, something feels missing. With the release of a full-length effort, The Preakness will probably find their sound more completely.

Eskimo Kiss Records released this 7” EP in late March, and the band is currently touring in the Atlanta area.