Katarzyna NINa Górnisiewicz
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Cofein - Never Give Up! (song review) |self-released, Superdangerous, 2012|
When you hear a female voice carving and accenting a rock song with such memorable passion, you probably won't stop listening until the track is over. Edit Unjian is the lead singer for Bulgarian rock band Cofein, so if you enjoy female voices in the vibe of Masha Mysmane (Exilia), Sandra Nasic (Guano Apes), Heyley Williams (The Paramore) or Danni Monroe (The Dirty Youth) combined with dynamic and heavier rock arrangements, you should reach out towards Cofein as soon as possible.
Initially, the band formed in 2003 and was called Tiramisu. Until 2007 they were covering songs rather than making their own. They were also submitting tracks for various contests including the annual biggest European music festival called Eurovision
which is as popular as the Grammy Awards
. Cofein's song reached number 5. They have not only drown the interest of European listeners, but also an independent U.S. label. Tiramisu underwent minor line-up changes in 2010 which also led to other improvements including their image, a heavier sound and taking on a new band name – Cofein.
The Superdangerous EP
was released in May of 2012 and includes three songs. "Never Give Up!" opens the tracklist of this EP. The song immediately brings nice shivers upon the spine which are brought on by chunky guitar riffs in the beginning of the track followed by an intriguing guitar solo. The aforementioned solo brilliantly comes in when a groovy bass line combines with drums and rhythm guitar that build the underlying compositional structures.
Edi joins in on vocals soon after and it actually feels as if she were a surfer jumping upon an incoming wave and shaving the water. Her voice is placed between mezzo-soprano and a lighter alto which is pleasant to the ears. The vocals puncture through a listener like an arrow, yet resonate strong, sharp and confident. Her great English accent helps the song sound like a truly American production, but it is also useful for submission and acceptance in the arena of worldwide radio airplay. Edi's voice can easily match the genres of rock and grunge, but it is also quite suitable for country music. What's more interesting, you'll hear a warm timbre among her vocals which eloquently support her rapacity as well.
The initial segment of lyrics contained in "Never Give Up!" are underlined by tight bass lines and well balanced drum beats which dictate high-energy and solid dynamics. The rhythmic section is represented by Atanas Atanasov on bass and Petar Markov on drums who cooperate together very well. There are also two guitarist in the band: Tsvetan Karabov and Petar Todorov. This duo of guitar players allow for more layered, dense rock sounds to be placed into the music of Cofein when held in contrast to groups who perform with only one guitarist. You can expect a fantastic guitar solo to appear throughout the composition along with an intriguing bridge which is also set up in an expertly chosen spot on the track.
It should be noted that this along with other Cofein arrangements which were created for songs such as "Addicted to You" and "Superdangerous" have hit potential and have also been perfectly written to give the songs on the EP both claws and catchiness.
The band should continue entering various contests and submitting music for radio playlists as often as possible. Moreover, they should respect their own skills regardless of whether they are derived from natural musical skill or training to avoid selling their music too cheaply. Talent scouts, new artist headhunters and booking agents should pay attention to Cofein. If you, the reader are aware of any reliable professionals who could make the career of this band shine worldwide, please forward them this review.
(Katarzyna 'NINa' Górnisiewicz, Fabryka Magazine, December 7th, 2012. Proofreading: Scott M. Owens)