Having just listened to the newest CD from the band Son of the Sun
entitled Almost Not There, I cannot believe that I’ve never heard of
this band earlier. As it stands, I have become a fan of both the band and their
music. With how strong this release is, I just wish that the Almost Not There CD had more than just six songs.
Son of the Sun is a band that contains five talented musicians, each of which
help to create the band’s original and creative garage rock music. The band
consists of lead vocalist and guitarist Zak Ward, guitarist/keyboardist Joseph
Stocker, guitarist Jeremy Franklin, Steve Matthews on bass and drummer Brandon
Delmont. It is this group of musicians that make Almost Not There sound
as good as it does.
Almost Not There starts with the song “As Far As Lucy”. The guitar
playing by Jeremy Franklin at the beginning of the track really sets in motion
some of the best rock music I’ve heard this year. The combination of the
guitars from all three guitarists of the band (Ward, Stocker and Franklin)
creates a strong base to the song while the keyboards from Stocker add a little
bit of beauty to the music. With all of the things that help make this song so
good, the track ends up being perhaps the strongest of any of the six that make
up Almost Not There.
The CD continues with the song that was used to help promote the release before
it hit the streets- “10,000”. This was the best song to promote the release, as
it is probably the best song on the CD.
While most of the Almost Not There release contains music that is guitar-based, the song “Henry’s England” shakes things up as Joseph Stocker provides much of the basis to the song on the keyboard. It is Stocker’s playing that really makes the song, in my opinion.
While “10,000” was the first thing that most people heard off of the release,
another song, “My Best Mistake,” is currently making a lot of noise. This is
probably the song that could find a place on radio station playlists. The beat
created by drummer Brandon Delmont late in the track is very infectious and
could have you stomping your foot to the beat.
The next track on the CD is “Fruit Jar”. This song changes the entire feel of
the release, as the band adopts a jam band feel to this really beautiful song.
And with the fact that the track is also the longest song on the CD, you really
get to experience the talent of all of the members of Son of the Sun.
To bring their newest release to a close, Son of the Sun slows
down the pace with the song “Don’t Worry”. While the first half of the track
features lyrics about the singer proving his love, the second half of the track
is instrumental, except for the vocalizing of the band members.
The six tracks that make up Almost Not There by Son of the Sun are very
strong and keep the listener entertained throughout the short playlist. The
music created by the band is very good and the lyrics to the songs will surely
have you singing along by the end of the CD. This is the type of release that I
really like because no matter how long the release happens to be, there should
be more to it. And since there are only six tracks to this CD, Son of the Sun
leave their audience wanting for more.
Check out the video to the song “My Best Mistake” by clicking here.
Check out the band’s publicity firm NoVo Arts Inc.