One Less Reason never fails to shell out song after song that grips all your emotions in one tight fist. This six-piece band from Memphis, TN, leads the rock industry into exploring the depths of your heart. With their most recent catalog, The Memories Uninvited, they make no exceptions to throwing you in a whirlwind of emotions.
The first track to open The Memories Uninvited happens to be their single, “Break Me.” It leads in with a hesitant beat and spidery electronics before blasting in with the guitars. Enter Cris Brown’s alluring voice, painting a picture of bitter disappointment with enticing range. Heartache leaks through the careful screams, confusion shines through the hooks.
The album turns over to a hopeful plea for seeing the silver lining in a gray cloud. “Something Beautiful” rings in with sensational keyboard work followed by heavy hitting drums and a quick paced riff. Its relatable lyrics pull at my own memories, slide showing them in fast succession.
My favorite song “Where Were You?” slices one memory sharply into the forefront of my mind. Everyone has that one person in their life that they count on, that one person they root for and who disappoints or betrays them. Cris sings the chorus with such visceral passion. Cody (guitarist) cuts through with an electrifying guitar solo that shocks you into realizing how fed up you are.
“On The Way Down” starts with a beautiful singing voice of who I assume is Cris Brown’s little girl. “Rainmaker” is a sorrowful acoustic, a recording at the end stating that it was the first song written and recorded. It takes up the humble spot as the last song on the record, but is a powerful way to close out the album.
I had the pleasure to sit down with One Less Reason for a quick interview at their show in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, on September 26th. Per Blake (bassist) “There’s been more people that come from metal on this album. Cris has been pretty happy in life, so he hadn’t put anything out. It took us two years to record the album. Cris is a natural. He’s an amazing hook writer. Cody, our guitarist, can deal out the heavy stuff. Alex Prieto engineered our record and he has some influence in rock and metal.”
I questioned what Blake meant by Cris not having put anything out because he’s been happy. Leo (keyboards) chimed in. “Cris’ idea with writing is that everyone’s level of happiness varies from person to person. Everyone’s sadness is generally on the same level. Everyone relates to sadness on the same lines. Nobody likes to have it rubbed in their faces that someone had a happy day when they’ve had a hard one.”
Fans must have had an intense connection with One Less Reason. CJ (guitarist) spoke up about their craziest experience out on tour so far. “This lady was pregnant and she asked us to sign her baby. So we signed her stomach for her.” The gentlemen laughed at the memory and Blake interjected “I expect a 10% finders’ fee if that baby becomes a rock star in life.”
Fans can rest assured, you haven’t heard the last of One Less Reason. Blake states “We still have more to come. We expect another five years or more making music and being on the road.”
Check out their latest album The Memories Uninvited available on Itunes and catch this fun group of guys out on tour.