It’s great to see bands coming out of confinement and adopting a DIY stance which makes it that much more appreciable by the time their music drops. Florida’s one of those places rife with such bands and while Donor is an amalgam of some pretty solid groups out there, it still takes on a voice of its own while maintaining the core of the respective others. It’s a candid, jangly record filled with indie-charm. Simply put, Ache Through My Bones is one of those that’s best to deem short but sweet.
‘I didn’t want you to know / That every single day I feel you ache through my bones / And now you haunt me like a ghost no matter where I go / Thought I let it down buried below’ is what the opening “Bitt Will Fit” dishes out in a stressed, harried yet upbeat and lively manner. It’s a sweet emo-spin which has inklings of angst and brood to keep true to the constituent bands like Dikembe, You Blew It!, You’ll Live and Crucial Dudes. They comprise so much yet Donor easily branches off on its own musical style in a nice, light poppy feel. “Katy Perry, Please” is another cogent, garage-based piece of indie-rock as well with its hands dipped into an accessible sound yet one of reflection.
With a teeming alternative/math-rock feel chiming in from time to time, the four tracks do sound very diverse and distinguish well from each other in perfect harmony. As raw and melodic as “Pool Dads” plays out, the start-stop flow of the guitars and the ensemble vocals add so much to the crisp kitwork and overall chart they’ve plotted. It’s another warm course for fans of The Hotelier and so many other emo-twinkly lovers to ingest. With each syllable, you sense the rawness and passion of what Donor wants to do and that in itself, makes it worth your while.
3.5 / 5 Stars – Listen below!