The Joe Whyte Squadâs latest EP Four and No More contains simple songs with a rough edge. Whyte has a talent for giving a song a subtle twist, without turning away from its main musical or lyrical
Whyte prefers a more reality-based lyrical approach when covering the topic of love. âIâm not one to write a happy love song,â said Whyte. âItâs not like the songs are about gloom and doom either.â
The CDâs four cuts are âBreath,â âBreaking Your Code,â âTown,â and âOn and On.â
âBreaking Your Code,â which took about 15 minutes to write, has the melodic appeal of any recent radio hit. âLast summer I was playing and it just came out,â said Whyte. Audiences have been quick to
express their satisfaction of the tune. âThey just go nuts for it,â he said.
Whyteâs squad is a tight one that has obviously honed their chops. âTownâ contains a bass line as catchy as its melody. Its drumbeat drives, but stays at right speed limit. The guitar leads are filled
with song-complementing arpeggios and volume swells reminiscent of Tom Pettyâs axe-slinger Mike Campbell.
The band has a spontaneous approach to songwriting. Whyte writes by messing around with his guitar and humming along until his different ideas become a song. âIt sort of just happens,â he said. âItâs
not like I sit down and say, âhey, Iâll write a song.ââ Some of his songs have written themselves in five or ten minutes, while others donât come so easy. âSometimes Iâll agonize over finding the right
phrase for two months,â he said.
The next step is bringing his band mates an acoustic guitar/vocal version of the song. Whyte said the songs usually become better after his band gets a hold of them. âWithout them, the songs wouldnât
be what they are,â he said. Whyteâs vocals start from the mid-range and he strategically uses vocal vibrato to add more life and punch to his songs.
Many of his lyrics are like conversations with an ex-girlfriend: âDizzy from just one day / Every word just giving off more radiation / A breathing holiday / Iâm always saying I could use a small vacationâ
(from "Breaking Your Code"). Whyte has a knack for absorbing the world around him and presenting it as a mural of words and music.
Four and No More can be purchased through the bandâs website, joewhyte.com, and cdbaby.com.