'Cool driving rhythms...great fuzzy guitars...killer vocals...fantastic melodies...and the overall vibe is simply outta this world. This is easily one of the best pop albums we've heard in months'
'For Pop Underground fans, this is really a no-brainer... it’s clear that Ransom and the Subset has got what it takes to hypnotise like-minded fans ...'
'Each song has numerous hooks so you’ll end up discovering something different on the first few listens before it all falls gloriously into place. The perfect blend of electric and acoustic guitars and piano/keyboards breathe life into the arrangements... No Time To Lose IS one of the best albums of 2014'
'Ransom And The Subset’s debut album No Time To Lose is indeed a tasty power-pop confection, full of the sort of airy, energetic, acoustic-rhythm-guitar-driven tunes mastered by groups like Barenaked Ladies...'
'One of the best records of the orientation of Fountains of Wayne that I've heard in recent years'
2013 - Alchemy Top 10 Finalist "Million Out of Me"
2013 - SongDoor Top 5 Rock Category Finalist "Million Out of Me"
2014 - Song Of the Year Rock Category Runnerup - "Leaving With you"
2014 - Alchemy Top 10 Finalist and Rock Category Winner - "No Time to Lose"
2014 - SongDoor Top 5 Rock Category Finalist "We'll Get By"
2015 - Great American Song - Adult Contemorary Finalist "No Time to Lose"
2015 - Song of the Year - Rock Catogory Winner "Leaving With You"
Opening with a red-herring melody and arrangement that sounds straight out of Pet Sounds, this album quickly detours into shimmering powerpop territory...Most of the tunes rock forcefully, but never at the expense of nuance and melody. The crystalline production values allow the individual instruments to shine, and the propulsive melodies equally emphasize the beat and Porter’s lyrics... There’s a whiff of Fountains of Wayne in Porter’s compositional approach; it’s most evident on “Leaving With You.” Great stuff.
Ranked #1 of 250 releases reviewed for October 2014
'No Time to Lose' is readymade to connect with lovers of feelgood sounds everywhere....these tunes are on par with many great pop rockers from the 90s and beyond...with this release, lovers of Fountains of Wayne, OranJuly, and Silver Sun may find themself a new favourite band.
4.5 of 5 stars. Ransom delivers terrific dynamics, hooks, harmonies, and deep emotion.
The Seattle-based band Ransom and the Subset are so good; they harmonize, they rock, they smooth and groove. You - or at least I - could listen to them all day. Each song is a sophisticated work of craftsmanship and art, but at the same time just fun. Too bad they are based in Seattle, where I can't see them every week live...
Ransom and the Subset, a new band out of Seattle, just released their debut single “Anna”. It’s a fun slice of indie pop/rock with coul guitar..
Ransom and the Subset is an American alternative rock band based in Seattle, Washington. With a refreshing pop-rock sound, their music is clearly driven by strong melodies and well-crafted arrangements. Along with infectious hooks and witty, insightful lyricism, Ransom and the Subset delivers a dynamic blend of power pop from decades past along with a strong element of modern rock.