Everyone has their own preferences for what they look for in a song. Some people want a tight three-minute pop song; others want 17 verses and no discernible chorus. For me, all I want is a well-crafted song, no matter if its 90 seconds or 45 minutes. The Como Brothers Band does just that on their debut album, Baby Steps.
Baby Steps has been in the making since 2010 when the two brothers, Matt and Andrew, first started playing together while they were still in school. What comes in this album is an homage to another era with guitar solos dotting every song; however, a sense of restraint as nothing feels like a throwaway on the album.
There are times where the band wears their influences on their sleeves. As an example, "Only Me," sounds like a John Mayer song without Mayer's distinctive groan (for better or worse, you can be the judge of that one). My favorite song on the album, "Late Nights," has the feel of The Black Keys' "Strange Times," filled with a phase shifted and overdriven guitar complimenting poignant lyrics.
Overall, the band has used their two EPs to hone their craft and have made their debut album sound far more polished than most bands can achieve. The band returns back home to Long Island to play a show at the Port Jefferson Music Festival on October 12, and that is a homecoming show you will not want to miss, with scheduled gigs at Littlefield's and Tammany Hall as well.