CD Review: Bulletproof Messenger “Arm Yourself”

It doesn’t always happen immediately that a band’s sound is found; sometimes, the group has to go through several stages to end up with the exact sound that they want. This can describe the situation with the alternative rock band Bulletproof Messenger.

The original lineup for Bulletproof Messenger was a guitarist and a keyboard player/percussionist. This lineup took their influences and created a style that ended up being instrumental. It wasn’t until the perfect vocalist was found and added to the mix that the group started to gel.

After the initial three years of existence, the base members of guitarist Voley Martin, keyboardist and percussionist Matt Litwin and Vocalist Marcus Klavan started adding more and more pieces to the band before the current lineup was in place. Along with Martin, Litwin and Klavan, the rest of the band includes Jesse Downing on bass, Scott Martin on guitar, and Alex Straiter on drums.The current six-member version of Bulletproof Messenger find itself a long way removed from the early duo days of the group. It is this band that released its current album of Arm Yourself in 2008.

Arm Yourself by Bulletproof Messenger brings to life the sound and style of music that the band had searched so hard to find. The band’s music falls into the alternative rock genre. The current release by the band offers the listener eleven chances to become familiar with the group’s music.

The album starts off with the song “The Fantasy”. This song, and most of the tracks that are included on the album, are very heavy as far as the music is concerned. The band could easily be grouped with bands such as Econoline Crush.

The next track that needs to be mentioned is the song “Lose It All”. This is one of the singles off of the album. Staying true to the heaviness of the band’s music, the song also contains a good amount of keyboard work and electronics from Matt Litwin.

It is Matt Litwin’s use of technology and keys that gives the music of Bulletproof Messenger its unique approach. While many people would end up overusing the technology and ultimately overpowering the music, Litwin uses the keyboards and percussion sparingly, which enhances the music instead of burying it.

Given the fact that the history of Bulletproof Messenger included the initial time period in which the band existed as strictly instrumental, it is nice to hear the band include a few instances where they return to those origins of the makeup of the band. The track “DLD” is a great instrumental passage that works as an introduction to the album’s title track of “Arm Yourself”.

Another section of the album where the band’s origins shine through is on the song “No Way Out”. While the song “DLD” is used as an introduction to the title track, the first two minutes of “No Way Out” work as an introduction to the song.

The music of Bulletproof Messenger is rather complex: At times, the band has a very heavy approach to their music; at other times, their music is rather laidback. At the same time, the band alternates between instrumental and lyrical. And all of this is combined with the use of electronics and sampling. This combination makes the music of Bulletproof Messenger perfect for lovers of modern rock music. It also makes the band’s album Arm Yourself a joy to listen to.

To learn more about the band, find them online at www.bulletproofmessenger.net. You can also find them on MySpace at www.myspace.com/bulletproofmessenger. To learn more about the band’s PR Firm of Rainmaker PR, go to www.rainmakerpublicrelations.com

To purchase a copy of Arm Yourself by Bulletproof Messenger, simply click on the album cover below: