18th & Addison shows promise with full-length debut

Category:  The Arts
Wednesday, September 14th, 2016 at 9:49 PM
18th & Addison shows promise with full-length debut  by Kimberly Firestine
Album artwork for Makeshift Monster

18th & Addison has the potential to be big. Sporting dual vocals from Kait DiBenedetto and Tom Kunzman, the two have more than enough to compete in today’s ever- growing alternative scene.

Their first full length studio album, titled “Makeshift Monster,” was self released July 15. It features a good mix of fast, hard riffs and acoustic rhythms throughout its entirety, giving way to a promising future for the band.

The bass-driven opening track, “War,” is a great introduction. It sets the driving pace, which pairs well with the back-and-forth vocals.

One of the best tracks on the album, “Moving Mountains,” is upbeat and strong right out of the gate (it serves as track two). DiBenedetto’s vocals in this track are a highlight of what she can do now and, as their time as a band develops, what she has the capability of doing. While her tone is closer to that of Tonight Alive’s Jenna McDougall, DiBenedetto has the ability to become a vocal powerhouse the same way Paramore vocalist Hayley Williams did throughout her career. Not to lump all female vocalists in one category, but we can expect big improvements from DiBenedetto. It’s all a matter of time and experience.

While the band is not currently on tour, 18th & Addison will be playing a show in New Jersey on Sept. 18, with details to be announced via Facebook. You can listen to “Makeshift Monster” on Spotify or purchase it on iTunes, Amazon Music or the band’s Big Cartel store.

Standout tracks: “Moving Mountains.” “Disaster by Design” & “Little Secrets” 

Kimberly Firestine is the arts editor for The Spectator. She can be reached at ae.spectator@gmail.com.


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