Pinto and the Bean- ‘The Waiting Place’ Review
By C.W. Ross
This Chicago band, with the somewhat unusual name Pinto and the Bean, is made up of members, Paul Taneja(keyboards,guitar and vocals) and Ivan Sosa (keyboards, drums and vocals).
The band bills themselves as being a, ‘little band with a not so little sound.’ Listening to the music that makes up their debut release, ‘The Waiting Place,’ that ‘big sound’ comes across loud and clear as the duo manages to mix lead and backing vocals that fill up their songs along with a variety of both normal and electronically produced instrumentation.
The overall feelings found on the songs that make up, ‘The Waiting Place,’ is a sense of hopelessness and lost dreams, but before you get too depressed you’ll also find a thread of buried hope in the lyrics that point towards possible better things ahead.
Highlight tracks include the opening song,”Let’s Make Noise,” an up tempo rocking track revolving around lost love. “Wake Up,” offers up a pop meets modern folk sound as it deals with trying to re-find you mission in life. If you’re in the mood for some straight up rock then “Night Rider,” will fit the bill with its fast paced, driving, rock beats.
Things also wrap up very strong with,”Eleazar,” another track that blends a folk edge into its sound and is loaded with emotion filled soulful vocals. The 6-minute long title track, ‘The Waiting Place,” brings down the curtain on this release.
Review Takeaway: Pinto and the Bean makes a strong statement on their debut release, ‘The Waiting Place,’ with its mix of, pop-meets-folk-meets-electronic style. Also, although I’ve never heard the band play live from what I’ve heard they put on a ‘must see’ theatrical show that you need to attend to get the full effect of the band’s music.