Originally posted by LikeASong:[..]
I don't think the sound is U2esque, far from it. It's more of a mix between The Killers, The Lighting Seeds, Joy Division, Bloc Party and The Cure. Lots of guitars but also lots of synths and very few of the distinctive delay-heavy, few-notes guitar style.
Even the likeness of Eli's voice to his dad's (which was VERY apparent in the first singles from a few years back) is gone to my ears. He's possibly fought against it and/or his voice has changed - something quite normal in the late teens or early 20s. He has much less vocal power than his dad.
In general I think they truly want to break up with their U2-connection asap, but I'm afraid they never will because media will still regard them as "Bono's son's band" no matter how much time goes by
Of course Bono could also be out of tune in the early 80's. But, I find, he's - and he's been since the early 80's - in general much more in tune live and - most importantly - I think his voice as a 20 yo (and later) has more 'meat' to it.
Still, I quite like Eli's voice and I'm really fond of their album. I wish I knew more bands like that.