By: Andy Lee
Every once in a while, you come across a musical act that is willing to cross genre
boundries. One such band is Conman Economy. They are able to mix hard rock with pop punk and have an edge of metal, and make it sound amazing.
Conman Economy was formed in 2011, during their college years, and are based out of
Kirksville, Missouri. The band consists of Jon on vocals, Anthony on guitar and vocals, Evan on
guitar, Jonathan on bass and Bridger on drums. I am not usually a huge fan of dual vocalist, but
in this instance, it really works. The voices of Jon and Anthony meld together for a phenomenal sound.
I have seen Conman Economy play live in excess of ten times and have never been
disappointed. Their energy on stage along with their crowd interaction passes that energy along
to the fans. I cannot help but feel great while they play and for hours after the show is over. With
Anthony’s amazing song writing, along with screaming guitar riffs, strong bass lines, clean
rhythmic drums and melodic vocals, they are an amazing band and amazing people all together.
In January 2016, they released their debut EP, entitled “Reach”. This is a five song EP,
recorded at Red Roof Productions KC, in Lenexa, Kansas. Every song on this EP was written about
personal experiences, dealing with love, loss, rejection and having the strength to overcome all obsticals put in front of you.
The songs on “Reach” are “Burn”, “Never Give Up”, “Can’t Hold Me Back”, “Just Another Scar” and “Fall Back To Me”.
“Burn” is heavily guitar driven with a mix of smooth bass lines and precision drumming,
add into this dual clean vocals and a few unclean vocals from Jon, you get a true idea of their mixing of genres.
“Never Give Up” is a little heavier on bass and clean vocals throughout the entire song.
The message of this song has really helped me in a time when I did want to just give up. I just happened to turn this song on and it really spoke to me.
“Can’t Hold Me Back” is probably the hardest song on the EP and I feel it really highlights
Bridger’s drumming skills. It has a few more unclean vocals than “Burn”, and a beautiful guitar
“Just Another Scar” has perfectly heavy drums and bass lines. In this song, the dual vocals blend so well, you almost forget you are listening to two vocalist.
“Fall Back To Me” is probably my favorite song on this EP. Starting with drums and and a
fantastic bass line which leads into the vocals and guitar. This song is more of a ballad than the rest.
Overall, “Reach” makes for a great listen. I would highly recomend this EP and this band
to anyone. It is a band you can listen to, no matter what your mood. It is hard driving and
uplifting at the same time. With more music planned for release in the near future and many live
shows coming up, I, for one, am looking forward to the future of Conman Economy.