The defining characteristic of Vega's Ray Martin project is its amazing sonic diversity, even as Vega uses a number of well-known names from the N.Y.C. hardcore scene, including Chris Traynor (Orange 9 MM), Charlie Garriga (Civ), and Jimmy Williams (Maximum Penalty). There's a distinct pop element to Vega's presentation, although he approaches a familiar volume as he mixes emocore with mariachi and folk/pop, and even brings it down to a demo-like acoustic hush with a sensitive Paul Westerberg-like aura. As a matter of fact, the only thing that Vega's Ray Martin Sessions lacks is a second half -- its five songs leave you wanting more. With any luck, that is exactly what Sergio Vega will be bringing to stages all across the Midwest and East Coast on his brief tour.
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