Tireless Sedans- Score One for the Underdog

By Chris Dahlberg

Published on Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Tireless Sedans is one of those bands that is really hard to categorize. On the one hand, these guys offer elements of traditional rock ‘n roll and progressive rock while on the other they have some jazz, folk, and country influences as well. The group recently released their sophomore effort Score One for the Underdog which attempts to take all of these various styles and combine them into one cohesive sound. And while they have certainly succeeded, for some reason it isn’t until the halfway mark that this album really hits its stride and that could deter some listeners.

When the album first begins, it is clear that Tireless Sedans has taken influence from a wide variety of different genres but it feels as though they are just scratching the surface of what each one has to offer. The riffs and melodies are different, but they are a little too similar to some of the other acts out there and don’t have a real clear hook that will grab listeners right from the start. But once you hit the halfway mark and the instrumentalists really start blending the progressive rock, rock ‘n roll, and jazzy elements together things really start to click. It almost seems as though when the band settles too far into one style that they get a little too comfortable, as their most interesting songs are the ones where they are spontaneous and mix several genres into one. If the group can expand on this blending of styles they could certainly be one to watch.

Lead singer Dave Rahmer has a very mellow voice that is well suited to the type of music that Tireless Sedans creates. Although the more noteworthy tracks tend to feature extended instrumental jams and don’t always focus on the vocals when Rahmer is given the spotlight he is able to demonstrate that his voice has some interesting nuances to it. Occasionally two of the other band members provide backing vocals but this is done in such a manner that it enhances the lead vocals and because of this some people might not even realize that they are even there. Perhaps the band could let these backups play a slightly bigger role down the line, as I get the feeling that all three members have wonderful voices.

Score One for the Underdog is a genuinely enjoyable album, but the first couple of songs are a little bland and that could turn some people off before they really experience all this group has to offer. If you’re interested in this style of music, give this disc a spin and stick with it until the end before you really make up your mind. There’s definitely potential for this act though, and if they can expand on it a bit more their next effort could be something special.


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