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CD Review: Thinkbendy “Change”

For almost twenty years, musician Adam Bendy has been performing. During that time, the multi-talented musician has spent time onstage and in the studio with bands such U-Melt, a New York musical ensemble that creates jam band music. That particular group has produced several albums which includes the most recent release, 2010’s album entitled Perfect World

With U-Melt not having released a new album in over five years, it seemed like the perfect time for Adam Bendy to expand his place in the music industry and create his own music. That being said, a new album from has been created by the musician/singer-songwriter. And a new moniker has been born to go along with that new release. The new moniker being used by Adam Bendy for the sake of releasing his own brand of music is: Thinkbendy.  

To help bring the new music from his new moniker of Thinkbendy to life, Adam Bendy’s fellow band mates Robert Salzer on guitar and George Miller on drums join him on the new music. And with Bendy taking on a new name and identity, he also added a new instrument to his musical arsenal. With this album, Bendy sits behind the piano/keyboards for the first time.

All of this creates a new situation for Adam Bendy. That situation has helped to influence the music that can be found on Thinkbendy’s new release. The new release from Thinkbendy is called Change

Change from Thinkbendy begins with the track “Sunrise”. As this is the first time for Bendy to record using the piano, it comes as no surprise that the first track on the release comes complete with the piano as the instrument that the spotlight is firmly on. The track begins with the ensemble creating a short instrumental track that feels like a blend of Jazz and New Age music. The instrumental track acts much like an introductory track to the release.

As the first track of “Sunrise” comes to an end, Bendy, Robert Salzer and George Miller create a track that revolves around the keyboard this time. Taking the upbeat feel of the track, the song “Free” continues the introductory feel that had started with “Sunrise” before it as the lyrics to “Free” seem to welcome the listener in to all that is about to take place. The combination of the keyboards with the guitar, bass and drums creates a track that comes off as an Indie Rock track.

”Change,” the title track of the album has a rather easy feel to the music. It also contains a musical direction that seems to recall that of the Beatles. In fact, what the listener may find in the song is a style that recalls that of the song “Free As a Bird,” one of the very last songs to be singles for the British quartet after unfinished tracks by John Lennon were uncovered back in the nineties. And much like that Beatles song, “Change” from Thinkbendy would easily fit with other tracks on Adult Contemporary radio formats.

On the next track, Thinkbendy creates a track that takes the music back a few decades. The song “You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet” (no, not the song from Bachman Turner Overdrive) contains several different influences to the track at the same time. Because of the piano being the main instrument of choice by Adam Bendy, the main influence to the music seems to feel like songs written by Todd Rundgren. When listening to the track, you will easily notice the jam-like quality to it. And because of that extended jam-like length to the song, the other most obvious influence on the track is Carlos Santana. Blended together, the two influences create a track that feels as if it should have been played on radio back in the seventies.

As much as the previous track of “You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet” has a jam-like feel to it, the track “Proceed to Continue” has a style that also features a slight jam-like quality. But in this case, the feel to the music is rather reminiscent of Blood, Sweat & Tears except without the horns. And just like the previous track, this song feels as if it would have fit right in with any songs from AM radio in the seventies. And speaking of radio, the track almost hits the four and-a-half minute mark, which is rather long for radio play. However, the track ends at about the four-minute mark and then, it starts up again. That start and stop truly brings meaning to the track’s title of “Proceed to Continue”.

While most of the tracks found on the Change album from Thinkbendy feature the sound of the keyboards or piano from Adam Bendy, it is on the track “Easy” that the feel of the music changes. On that track, Bendy’s U-Melt bandmate Robert Salzer and his guitar that take center stage. Just like the track of “Proceed to Continue,” “Easy” contains a relaxed feel to the music. And like much of the album, the resulting feel to the track would put the song of “Easy” in the Adult Contemporary category.

After several tracks on the release that alternate between the keyboards or piano from Adam Bendy and the guitar of Robert Salzer, Thinkbendy brings the Change album to a close with the track “Move On”. This track brings the album to a close by recalling the style of the second track of the album, “Change”. This track brings the album full circle and closes the album out.

With the band U-Melt having created music that was heavily influenced by Progressive Rock, the music created by Thinkbendy takes the listener in a rather different direction. Sure, there is still some Prog-Rock influence in the music of Adam Bendy that helps to bring his song to life, but the songs created by Thinkbendy are now a lot more centered in a Pop-Rock and/or Adult Contemporary. For fans of Prog-Rock who also like some commercial feel to their music, the Change album from Thinkbendy may just be the thing your music collection is missing.

To hear the music of thinkbeny check out the song “Free” from Thinkbendy HERE.

For more information, check out Thinkbendy’s PR Firm, Whiplash PR. Click on the logo below to visit their site. 

 

 

 

 

 

The Change album from Thinkbendy is currently available on spotify. The vinyl version of the album will soon be available. Click on the album cover below for digital version:

 

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CD Review: Ale Torriggino “Blue Light”

The city of Rosario, Argentina is home to singer-songwriter Ale Torriggino. Within the town of Rosario, Torriggino and other musicians seem to be very influenced by music that would be considered oldies here in the United States. Because of that, the original music created by Ale has a definite retro feel to it. The feel of Ale Torriggino has been influenced by the likes of B.B. King, Bob Dylan, The Beatles, along with more modern artists such as John Mayer. Together, these influences shine through in the music produced by Torriggino as his music features Rock, Blues and Jazz influences.

Ale Torriggino has already released one album of music. The 2016 album from Torriggino called Sureste features songs written and performed in Spanish. The musician has just recently followed that album up with another album of music. This time, however, Torriggino has created a release performed in English. The 2017 release from Ale Torriggino is entitled Blue Light. To help bring the release to life, Torriggino’s drums and guitar were joined by bass from Marcos Benítez and keyboard from Natalia Nardiello. The album was helped along by Gonzalo Esteybar who contributed production, arrangements, additional guitar.

Blue Light from Ale Torriggino begins with the track “The Healer”. As the song begins, the listener experiences the guitar playing of Torriggino that adds a definite Blues element to the song. Along with that Blues influence, the track also features a strong acoustic approach. The acoustic/electric combination on the track gives the track a timeless musical approach. The track ultimately feels as if it had been influenced by the playing of Eric Clapton. The guitar solo on the track is proof of that.

Ale Torriggino turns up the energy level on the next track called “When the Tide begins to Turn”. The song still contains a strong Blues influence to both the music and the lyrics, but the music is a lot stronger as Torriggino chooses to incorporate the electric guitar to the music. The song’s lyrical content sounds very much like something from B.B. King while the electrified nature of the music makes the song feel more like something from Stevie Ray Vaughn.

The release continues with the song “Grey Sky Blues”. With this song, Ale Torriggino slows things down. The softer musical approach that is contained within the music of the track seems to contain a Folk flavor to it. Plus, the organ that comes courtesy of Natalia Nardiello adds a certain amount of Soul feeling to the track. The lyrics of the song contain a slightly sad feel to them adding to the concept of the grey sky.

After one track with a slower pace, Ale Torriggino picks the pace back up with the song “Catherine”. The music of the track contains elements from musicians such as Elvis Presley or Roy Orbison when they were first starting out, helping to shape the history of Rock and Roll music. The older Rock and Roll influences on the track give the song a definite Rockabilly flavor. That Rockabilly influence does a lot to set “Catherine” apart from the rest of the album.

One of the strongest tracks on the Blue Light release from Ale Torriggino is the song “Waiting for the War to Come”. The track features a strong, driving feel to the music that comes for the inclusion of an electric guitar. The track brings the listener back to the days of the late sixties as the music has a slight Neil Young feel to it. The track would have easily fit in with other anti-war tracks that existed back during the Vietnam War era.

Ale Torriggino keeps the energy level of the music up with the song “Hostage”. The Blues-Rock track brings to mind someone like the band Cream while the song also contains a slight Prog-Rock influence to it. The powerful guitar part is matched up well with a bassline that combine to form a track that has a strong groove to it. “Hostage” is one of the strongest, and shortest, tracks on the Blue Light release from Ale Torriggino.

The track “Shelter” features music that seems to combine elements from both “Let it Ride” from Bachman-Turner Overdrive and “Waiting on the World to Change” from John Mayer; although, as the song progresses, the slow pace of the music would side more with Mayer’s song than with BTO’s track. Throughout the track, the John Mayer influence is evident in both the music and the style of the lyrics. “Shelter” finds Ale Torriggino writing a song about sharing the same roof with that special someone. “Shelter” is easily one of the more commercial tracks on the Blue Light album.

The Blue Light release from Ale Torriggino comes to an end with the song “The Color Life”. The track begins with a simple man-and-his-guitar approach as Torriggino creates a track that feels very much like something from James Taylor, in both music and lyrical content. As the track proceeds, the music continues to build. Eventually, the one lonely guitar is joined by an entire symphony of strings to add an orchestral feel to the track. “The Color Life” and its orchestral feel helps to bring the album to a close in a rather laidback manner.

Blue Light from Ale Torriggino is a strong musical release. The many different musical elements used by Torriggino to create his music ultimately combine to form an album that feels retro in some places and rather modern in others. The ten tracks of music make for an album that will appeal to a lot of music lovers at the same time.

 

To hear some of the music from Ale Torriggino, check out the song “Hostage“.

For more information, check out Ale Torriggino’s record label, River Flow Records.

To purchase a copy of Blue Light from Ale Torriggino, click on the album cover below:

Blue Light

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CD Review: Tools of Creation “Adventures in Chaos”

If you are looking for good hard rock being made by a modern-day rock band, look no further than Tools of Creation, a band that makes its home in Canada’s capital of Ottawa. The band is made up of three musicians who really know how to create hard rock that sounds as authentic as bands that have since become legends in the music industry. In their music, you can hear influences from bands like Deep Purple, Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, AC/DC, and many others.
The three musicians that make up Tools of Creation are:  vocalist/guitarist Ben DiMaria, bassist/vocalist Chris Rock, and drummer/vocalist Stewart Scharf. Alone, they are talented musicians; taken together, they make up one of the best hard rock bands out there today.