This SoCal quartet’s five-song EP gives every indication that they are a better live than studio band. The album boasts groove-laden funk with a splash of reggae and, thankfully, easily forgettable lyrics.
Vocalist Terrell Shaw, who sounds strangely similar to Terrence Trent D’Arby, repeats simplistic lyrics throughout every song, unnecessarily lengthening what is a short—18 minutes—but should have been shorter EP. On the last two tracks, “Let It Go” and “Slow It Down,” for instance, he simply reiterates the track titles ad nauseum for an incredibly tedious effect.
It’s a shame because instrumentally Liquid Dream is full of exceptionally danceable grooves peppered with catchy guitar riffs. The shining moments occur when songwriter/guitarist “RAS” lays down plucky solos with tremolo reminiscent of a poor man’s Jimi Hendrix.
Liquid Dream has a casual, yet polished feel thanks to the production of Grammy-winning producer Wyn Davis, whose previous credits include fellow Orange County stalwarts Sublime and No Doubt. Davis is a good indicator—if you dig funk-inflected surf-rock akin to the aforementioned and placid lyrics aren’t a buzzkill, chances are Liquid Dreams won’t be a nightmare. (James Laber)
QWIKSAND plays Sean Kelly’s Thursday, Nov. 15, at 9 PM. Cover TBA. Call 542-1471.