The Slog In Uncertainty finds Sam Page firing on all cylinders while performing eight energetic songs that reflect his passion for 1990s alt rock. On his third release, the California-based singer-guitarist, along with drummer Jim Moreland, mixes clever and offbeat lyrics with irresistible melodies. Page is a versatile vocalist, sounding at home regardless of what style his chooses to explore.
On “Dont You Want To Get Down?” Page crafts a funk/garage rock gem in which he claims it’s his intellectual prowess that sets him apart from other guys looking to score. “Naked” describes a frantic campaign to win a woman’s heart that includes showing up in the all-together on her doorstep at 3:00AM. The bottom-heavy funk of “I Don’t Not Love You” evokes The Red Hot Chili Peppers, while the simultaneously funny and optimistic lyrics of “Shine Your Little Light” are set to a more standard rock arrangement.
Page’s wry sense of humor is particularly evident on the high-speed “Two Kinds,” on which he notes in a vocal style reminiscent of The Cure’s Robert Smith: “I got a lot of friends and when they look at me/I really couldn’t tell you what they see/Which box, what type, this kind, that hole/It’s probably better that I dont know.” The Slog In Uncertainty is likewise hard to pigeonhole, but certainly fun to dive into.