From Safety To Where - "s/t" (self-released 1999, CD)

From Aural Innovations #11 (July 2000)

From Columbia, SC, From Safety To Where isn't exactly spacerock but did come to me via Mars. The band plays rousing guitar driven rock that reminded me of a more melodic version of MX-80 Sound. The guitar sounds and much of the chord bashing style is what brought MX-80 to mind. A search on the internet turned up very little info on the band but did reveal that From Safety To Where probably got their name from a Jane's Addiction song. The CD is slightly less than 30 minutes in length, but does include ten 2-plus minute tracks that make their statement quite succinctly in the allotted time. There are lots of cool crashing guitar jams that kept things interesting, which is good because I really disliked the singer. The music communicates a raw passion but the vocals come across as just screaming for screaming sake.

Overall, the music doesn't vary a whole lot but the two guitarists do a good job of maintaining their own distinct but cooperative space and both excel at creatively thrashing and not just sounding like angry punks. In fact, I think they could get away with becoming all-instrumental if they put some thought into it. Lots of possibilities here.

For more information you can write From Safety To Where at Box 11726, Columbia, SC 29211.

Reviewed by Jerry Kranitz

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