CALL ME SALVADOR @ BOX
Genre: Progressive/Alternative Rock
Members: Marcus Penaranda // Lead Vocals, Guitar
Andrew Fyfe // Lead Guitar, Vocals
Joe Clayton // Bass, Vocals
Michael Biggart // Drums
Home town //Houston
CALL ME SALVADOR @ BOX | GIG REVIEW
by Angela Hewitt
Situated in the heart of Glasgow city centre on Sauchiehall Street, Box is an established compact bar and music venue with a fantastic reputation for supporting local bands.
Tonight's band 'Call Me Salvador' were formed in Houston, on October 2010. As a four piece they have developed a distinct sound of atmospheric/progressive rock using their many contrasting influences such as Biffy Clyro, Avenged Sevenfold, Pinkly Smooth and Porcupine Tree.
The bands identity was inspired by Marcus Penaranda, the lead vocalist. Who (interesting fact time) told the other members of the band his middle name was Salvador. This was later found out to be a complete lie. However, the name 'Call Me Salvador' was born.
With a stream of new material under their belt they are currently working on raising funds for a UK Tour to promote the release of 'Under the Surface' their debut EP.
A young and enthusiastic band, Call me Salvador have a fierce determination for providing the listening public with pure unadulterated progressive rock.
That being said, there were some distinct sound issues from the beginning of Call Me Salvador's set. The crowd however didn't seem to mind as much and wilfully cheered the four piece on. It is clear that the band has a small hardcore following and they do set out to deliver some good music. What is also clear is that the band are very young and do not have the polished, well rehearsed sound that other bands on the circuit seem to have.
This is not a negative but merely an observation. The fact that the band has so many conflicting influences means they are trying to do something unique with their music. I am all for experimentation but possibly the message they are trying to convey gets lost in translation.
I would like to point out just exactly what the boys did right and why they deserve public attention. Firstly, despite the sound issues, Call me Salvador managed to deliver some catchy songs with a deep and concentrated lyrical content. Secondly, their sound is reminiscent albeit of a diluted and introverted rock version of 'Madness' and the slightly unrehearsed feel plays into this. On one hand this could be viewed as a clever well thought out stage presence, on the other hand it may simply be a coincidence.
It cannot be denied that the front-man has charisma on stage, with his animated movements and varied vocal range that can border on haunting in some parts. Marcus appears to feed on the energy from the crowd and channels this into his performance.
Andrew delivers a blend of old skool rock guitar with simplistic rhythms thrown in for good measure. At the same time as Joe's great bass-lines and Michael's powerful drumming compliment the overall composition. All the while staying true to the atmospheric/rock genre the band is trying to portray.
From beginning to end Call me Salvador were entertaining, captivating in parts and although not every song was a winner, the instrumentals proved for a great listening experience. This band is full of innovators with a passion and determination for bigger and better things. I believe that given time and more experience Call me Salvador could really achieve great things in the future.