When I first heard Chicago based, Losing Scarlet, my word association triggered P-words like promise, possibilities, and potential. Here is a band with certain talent, still in relative infancy. The 3 P’s are there for something big to happen for this foursome.
Upon second listen, I discovered the band may be closer to fulfilling the 3 P’s than a first glance may have suggested. Losing Scarlet are more than just another pretty face.
For vocalist Jodi Kell, “the calling” came as an epiphany two short years ago as she stood watching Bullet For My Valentine perform. This led her to contact guitarist Scott Haith about forming a band. Haith liked what he heard in Jodi’s vocal style. The two immediately found a song writing chemistry and Scott called on his friend, bassist Petra Sith. Haith knew the band’s style and sound was a perfect breeding ground for Sith’s talented fingers. Her contributions to the band’s sound are tattooed throughout the band’s initial demo. The final piece of the puzzle came in the addition of drummer Conor McCann. From their first rehearsal, the quartet knew they had found a common thread and musical purpose.
The band’s individual musical diversity creates a sound that is heavy yet accessible, which the group calls, “pretty metal;” metal with a melodic edge. One band that immediately come’s to mind is Lacuna Coil, both in style and sound, especially on songs like “Feel The Pain” and “On Display.”
McCann’s drums are in-your-face solid. Haith’s guitar work is smooth and tight with a definite European flavor, and I cannot say enough about the bass performance. With only one guitar, Sith has a massive hole to fill, and her playing saturates the void and even creates space for Haith to expand.
Kell’s voice is powerful and has a unique flavor that pulls the listener in. On stage her presence is frenzied with positive energy she is veritably bursting to convey to the audience.
Look for 2010 to be a huge year for Losing Scarlet. Get it in the ground floor.