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Lo-Pro Letting Go EP Review

25 January 2010 3 Comments

By: Censored

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When they made their debut back in 2003, it seemed like Lo-Pro were poised to become the next big thing in rock. Afterall, with a resume that boasted ex-members of Godsmack, and Snot, among others, and help from ‘s Aaron Lewis, who signed them to his imprint label through Geffen, 413 Records and hooked them up with big-name producer Don Gilmore, modern rock success was all but inevitable. Unfortunately, though, Geffen didn’t support them, their album went nowhere and they quickly slipped into oblivion. That is, until now.

After spending years meddling with acoustic versions of their songs and playing a handful of shows here and there, Lo-Pro have returned to the scene with their first set of new music in six years, the Letting Go EP. Despite the loss of bassist John Fahnestock, who left the band to participate in the ill-fated Snot (or Tons, as they are now known) reunion, Lo-Pro haven’t missed a single beat in all this time. Self-produced and independently released, it is remarkable how well they can get along by themselves. Despite the fact that the cover to this EP looks like it was thrown together in a matter of minutes by someone with moderate Photoshop skills, you can rest assured that the music within is up to snuff.

Lo-Pro Band Photo

Lo-Pro Band Photo

Without a big name producer or any pressure whatsoever, Lo-Pro has stuck to the sound of their first album. While the musicianship doesn’t break down any barriers, it is solid, and only serves to heighten the effect of frontman Pete Murray’s vocals. Whether it’s on the upbeat opening track, “Texas” or on the acoustic title track, Murray is the star and his voice still sounds as good as it did back in 2003, and as far back as the days. The stand-out song, though, would have to be “Today,” a ballad of sorts that could be a big hit if given a chance.

To be honest, though, there isn’t a bad song to be found here, and unlike their debut, this EP doesn’t have any filler or any points where it drags. If they can come up with another full-length album (which is rumored to be in the works) that is as good as this, then they just may have a shot at coming back stronger than ever. If you were a fan of Lo-Pro’s debut, you owe it to yourself to give this a shot, as the band sound just as good – no, scratch that – they sound better than they ever have.

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  • 5150 said:

    Tommy Stewart is the biggest loser in the history of losers. He left Godsmack to drum for Lo Pro.

    I remember they were on the radio with that SUnday song which was pretty good in the day.

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  • zebo said:

    Shannon Larkin is a better drummer.

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  • Laura in NJ said:

    I didn’t know they were still around.

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