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Long Island band Final Call releases new singles

From left to right: Josh Roiland, Evan Brandow, Pat Carroll and Greg Diem. The Long-Island based band, Final Call, is set to release its new EP this October. PHOTO COURTESY OF FINAL CALL

Long Island-based band, “Final Call,” has released two new singles, “Sloshed” and “Out to Dry” in anticipation of its new EP set to be released this October.

As implied by the title, “Sloshed,” the second single, is about getting drunk the night before and all the shenanigans that occurred. The chorus asks, “Can you tell me what the hell did I even do last night?” The lyrics mirror past pop punk band hits, such as “My Own Worst Enemy” by Lit.

The “Sloshed” music video, which was released on Sept. 1, shows all four members getting “sloshed,” performing in a dirt field and dancing around by the pool. In terms of quality, the video is very well done. Although there isn’t clear choreography, it somehow worked and the band is clearly having fun.

Michael Rizzo, a senior computer science major at Stony Brook University, was also impressed with their new music video.

“Beautifully filmed in a cinematic background, the guitar riffs were really catchy, I’ll download it on my Spotify,” Rizzo said.

The four members met while in high school and performed their first show as a band in 2014. Their first EP, “What Lies Ahead,” was released in 2016. In 2017, the band was nominated as a top 10 finalist in Newsday’s Battle of the Bands , a contest that searches for the top band in Suffolk and Nassau County.

Each member has gone off to different colleges, but they insist the distance hasn’t gotten in the way of their music.

Josh Roiland, a senior biology major at Stony Brook University, and the band’s bass guitarist, said that the transition into college isn’t easy for most bands, but because the band is their creative outlet and they enjoy performing, they have stood together.

“We are basically four high school friends who kept our band cohesive during college,” Greg Diem, lead guitarist, said.

The band has come a long way in terms of its sound. The lead singer, Pat Carroll, whose voice has matured in the last two years, can be heard clearer on their latest singles, no longer washed out by the background instruments. While enjoyable, the band’s first EP, “What Lies Ahead,” lacked a clear hit, which should not be a problem for them this time around.

“Having the privilege of working with studios and seeing how music is produced has made listening a new experience,” Evan Brandow, drummer, said.

For this EP the band feels much more comfortable with their sound, and the music they make.

“The writing process for these songs has been fun. Learning what our sound is as we increase our capabilities together makes me proud of what we have become. Recording has allowed us to finally hear our music as we have always wanted to hear it,” Roiland said.

When asked to describe its new EP, the band referenced some of its favorite bands as inspiration.

“This EP shows off a classic upbeat and fun vibe inspired by bands such as blink-182, and Green Day on the first three tracks. Followed by an epic alternative jam an acoustic version of one of our past tunes. Any fan of rock and roll should find something to relate to on this EP.”

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