The Makeways are a seven-piece band from Salt Lake City, United States. They played their first concert in 2015, and two years later they released their debut EP, “Full Spectrum”. Their sophomore EP, “Feelin’ Good”, came out on May 1. The band recorded it with: James Bradley (bass), Kevin Davis (drums), Andy Fackrell (guitar/vocals), Dave Matney (sax/vocals), Grant Miller (trombone), Brandon Smith (keys) and Eric Soper (trumpet).
The Makeways – “Feelin’ Good”
There’s something in the title song, that makes you move. And it’s probably not just because of those weeks spent at home. It’s a very danceable and melodic ska tune with some lovely backing vocals. As with good fun songs, this one also makes you want to hit the town. Sadly, for now we can only dance at home and hope that maybe it won’t be long until we’ll be able to cut a rug in a crowd.
You can bend your legs faster also to the last song, “Cynical Girl”. The others are rather hip rockers, like “Do You Know?”, a fine reggae tune.
When you listen to “Feelin’ Good”, you have no doubt that it was recorded recently, but at the same time you can feel retro vibes in it. The songs are catchy and quite long, so you can forget that it’s an EP, not a full-length album. This is not a recording that will blow your mind and you can hear some shortcomings, but it has such a cool energy that I like to come back to it.
The record is available only in a digital version, which is a pity, because I’d like to have it on vinyl (also because I really like the cover). Both The Makeways EPs can be found on the band’s Bandcamp profile. “Feelin’ Good” is also available in a deluxe edition, containing all the tracks from the first EP.