These kids know what's up.
Erik Blood | Seattle, WA United States | 05/02/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"After being subjected to the same pop-punk, post-grunge, alt/rock that the Seattle music scene had become, happening upon Voyager One was the life support I needed. A friend gave me their demo a year or so ago and I was floored by their ability to rip off The Verve (which is where they get their name, if ya didn't know,) Ride, and Swervedriver and capture something that's completely new at the same time. They say immitation is the highest form of flattery and in some cases it's also the best way to make music. The affected english accent works for some reason. Probably because the sonic quality of the recordings and the accuracy of the music make it sound that much more authentic.The live show is amazing as well. I'd highly recommend you see these kids if they come to your town."
Trippy sonic drenched music
trainreader | Montclair, N.J. | 02/04/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"The only reason I found out about this band is through my love of shoegazer rock, (My Bloody Valentine, Catherine Wheel, Ride, The Verve, etc.) and shoegazer's kissin' cousin, Brit-Pop (Stone Roses, Charlatans, South, Inspiral Carpets, etc,). For a point of reference, Voyager One probably most resembles The Verve on their debut album "Storm in Heaven." Indeed, "Slower California," the first song on this album, has a similar riff to "Star Sail," the first song on The Verve's "Storm in Heaven." In any event, while I was looking for information on the internet about what other bands I might like given my aforementioned tastes, I came across Voyager One, listened to blurbs of some of their songs, and was hooked enough to order all three of their albums through this website.
As my title for this review says, Voyager One plays trippy sonic drenched music. Quite extraordinarily, in fact, which makes it so frustrating how little known this band is (but good for fans, I guess, who can see them live in small venues). Although their second album, "Monster Zero," is slightly better and more consistent, "From the New Nation of Long Shadows" (which is V.O.'s debut) is quite good, especially the first three tracks ("Slower California," "Asleep in a Stereo Field," "Bess") and "Young Halo," four songs where the band really opens up its sound and rocks. Also noteworthy is the band's spacy cover of The Beatle's "Daytripper," which takes the title of the song far more literally than the Beatle's ever did. (The band does an even better cover on their next album: Echo and The Bunnyman's "Bedbugs and Ballyhoo").
What a great relatively unknown band! It makes me wonder how many other bands are out there that I, sadly, may never discover. You can be assured that I'll be the first one to buy a ticket when Voyager One performs in my area."
jstrife | Columbia, SC United States | 11/30/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Even though I was at first skeptical of their name (I like the Verve too, but c'mon), this disc has won me over. Asleep in a Stereo Field is particularly good with some very welcome guitar riffing. With so much lightweight (but still often good) stuff out there these days (Travis, Sparklehorse, etc), I really appreciate some music that makes me abuse my steering wheel. In fact, they do often remind me of the masters (The Verve) with their range when they decide to chill out and slow it down a little. I wish they would also re-release their earlier material (also quite good) and look forward to a new disc soon."