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CD Review: Finding September “History”

Finding September is a San Antonio, Texas-based band that features Emily Bayardo (vocals), Jayden Mermella (drums), Josh Gomez (guitar) and Graham Butler (bass). Together, the quartet creates a group Pop/Alternative Rock band that also contains some Heavy Metal influences in their music. That blend of musical influences creates a style that recalls bands like Green Day, My Chemical Romance and other bands. That is what helps to create the sound of the music from Finding September. And that musical blend is what can be found on the debut EP from Finding September called History.

The five-song EP of History from Finding September starts off with the title track of the release. “History” starts off with a strong drum break from drummer Jayden Mermella. That fast, strong and quick solo gives the listener an indication as to why Mermella has been named Best Drummer in Texas in 2018. Following that fast solo, the track finds the band taking its inspiration from the likes of Blink 182 but with the sound that is much more intense in its nature. The strength of the Punk Pop created by Finding September puts the band directly in the center of the style with plenty of other bands. And yet, the track also proves the band has plenty of their own style as they create a song with its own unique sound.

History from Finding September continues with the track called “Inhibitions”. While the previous track featured a straight Punk Pop feel to the music, the band adds some Alternative Rock inspiration to this track. The track features the same intense beating drive that was present in the title track of the EP but with a stronger pace to the song. While the band is rather strong on the track, the focal point seems to be vocalist Emily Bayardo who adds vocals that feel like a combination between Gwen Stefani and Avril Lavigne. The combination of Bayardo’s lyrical delivery and the feel of the band on this track create a track that contains a stronger Pop influence than the previous track.

For the next track of “Summer Club,” the band releases the most produced track of the EP. Of course, as it is the lead-off single of the EP, that sort goes without saying. The track begins with yet another strong drumbeat from drummer Jayden Mermella which is quickly joined by some simply percussive effects. That helps to create a backbeat that gives the song a commercial feel. That commercial backbeat is quickly joined by the rest of the instrumentation that creates a track with perhaps the most commercial Pop direction of the release. Add to that the lead guitar of Josh Gomez that alternates between the right and left channels. Blending all of that together with a sound that places the band squarely in the Pop Punk genre, “Summer Club” features a musical direction that puts the band squarely in Top 40 radio formats.

Perhaps the track with the most unique feel to the music is the track “Darkest Greys”. Aside from the piano that leads off this track, the production quality on this track is slightly different from the rest of the release. That production quality takes the various instruments on the track and blends them together in a way as to make the instruments feel as if they are one band and not individual instruments. It unifies the band’s sound and yet, does not allow for one instrument to stand out from the others. This is not, in any way, a bad thing. It simply gives this track a much different approach than what had come before.

The final track off of History from Finding September is yet another track that separates itself from the earlier songs on the EP. The track “Let it Burn” begins with some Industrial Rock and Roll, giving the song the darkest atmosphere of any of the songs on the release. That Industrial atmosphere places the song squarely into the Alternative Rock genre instead of the Punk Pop that most of the EP fell into. This is one track that easily shows of the talents and abilities of each of the musicians in the band as well as singer Emily Bayardo as she proves that she has a knack for singing different styles of music. The energetic feel to the music of the track helps to finish off the History release from Finding September on a very strong note.

While it is only five songs deep, the debut EP of History from the San Antonio, Texas-based Finding September contains plenty of variety. Staying within a certain energy level allows for the release to be strong, yet not overpowering.


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For a taste of the music from Finding September, check out the band’s single “Summer Club“. 

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CD Review: The Front End “Growing Pains”

Having taken their name from a joke of sorts, The Front End from Allentown, PA proves that they are more than just friends as their friendship began at work and then expanded when the trio decided to create a band. The three musicians of Louis Holzman (drums), Gabriel Defalcis (guitar, vox) and Kory Hartz (guitar, vox) create a band that fuses genres like Progressive Rock, Alternative Rock and Punk. With that mix of influences, the band’s sound is largely Alternative with a large amount of Punk influence from a band like Blink-182. Together, the trio has released two EPs; the newer being Growing Pains.

Growing Pains from The Front End begins with the track “Mandigo”. The track has plenty of Alternative Rock influence, but also contains a generous amount of Math Rock influence to the music. That influence is felt in the ever-changing rhythm of the track as the band speeds things up at points and then slows things down only a few seconds later. While the band changes the rhythm throughout the track, there is still a solid feel to the music to keep the beat strong. One of the standout things about the track is the playing on the lead guitar as a very strong, and melodic guitar part featuring chord progressions to add plenty of melody and flavor to the music.

The Front End’s EP called Growing Pains continues with the track “Uncle Tony”. Just like with the previous track, the track begins with a very strong guitar part featuring strong chord progressions. Those progressions at the very beginning of the track gives the song an immediately hit of melody before the rest of the track begins. The rest of the track is a slightly slower track than the previous song. The track “Uncle Tony” contains music that continues to build from a light Rock approach to a much harder musical approach. And with the inclusion of the bass on the track gives even more energy to the song. The energy of the music matches the dark lyrics about a relative who took his own life. The final third of the track finds The Front End finally reaching a peak where the energy of the music is very strong. The way the music builds throughout the song keeps the listener anticipating where the band will take the song.

Although the first two tracks on their current EP of Growing Pains contains a melodic Rock and Roll approach, The Front End creates a track in “Toes in the Sand” that changes the pace of the EP. The four musicians of Louis, Gabriel, Kory and their bassist Jim create a track that abandons the previous style for something a lot more energetic. The resulting song of “Toes in the Sand” blends the band’s punk/rock style with a large amount of Screamo. The resulting track once again finds the band making a track that has an alternating style to the music.

The release of Growing Pains from The Front End comes to an end with the track “Missed Connections”. Having just created a track with a lot of energy, “Missed Connections” slows things down quite a bit with a Rock and Roll style with just a little Reggae influence to the music. Before long, however, the music of the track changes directions and speeds up. Like with the rest of the EP, there’s plenty of variety that comes in the music to this track.

One of the great things about the songs that make up the Growing Pains EP from The Front End is that the band incorporates plenty of different styles and musical approaches in their music. The four tracks that make up the EP show a lot of potential for a band that has not been around all that long.

Just recently, The Front End added to their musical library with a brand new track. The band is currently recording a new album that will be released in the near future and because of that, they have just released the new song entitled “Hey God”. Being released only a few months after the release of Growing Pains, “Hey God” shows a lot of progression as the band seems a lot tighter in their playing. With the new track, the band seems to have incorporated a little more of a commercial feel to their music. The song “Hey, God” has a definite pop-ish feel to their Alternative Rock music. And while the music seems to be a little more commercial, the choice of subject matter is not so much. The questioning of why things are the way they are is something many people work through every day. But to do it in a song is rather unusual. The new track from The Front End shows the band staying strong in their musical direction while also getting tighter in their delivery.

To check out The Front End’s EP called Growing Pains, click on the album cover below: The Front End cover

For more information, check out the band’s new single of “Hey, God”.

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Heat, sweat and dirt: yes, it’s Vans Warped Tour time

Unbelievably hot. Ridiculously sweaty. Indescribably dirty. Yup, Vans Warped Tour was back on the road once again this year, kicking off this summer’s festival season in true VWT form.

Setting up shop in Montreal halfway through the tour, the live music extravaganza could have opted for a better location than the awkwardly laid out portion of Parc Jean-Drapeau no one ever really uses (it escapes me why VWT wouldn’t want to make use of the same space other major festivals like Osheaga do, as it is on the same island, after all, but more conveniant and strategically organized), but once you got used to the running around from stage to stage, it wasn’t really all that bad. And, I suppose, if the stages were any closer together, no one would have the full benefit of any band as they would just overlap into a giant musical mess.

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The Grown-Up Kids: Get Up Kids Turn Comeback Kids with “There Are Rules”

Where were The Get Up Kids at the start of the millennium?  As a listener coming at their latest record, I heard a mash-up of sounds one wouldn’t immediately associate with the band – electro, funk and post-punk are some that spring to mind. Graphically speaking, the cover is sophisticated. The image on the front of the LP is of a woman holding a mirror to her face, where the mirror reflects the ocean to the viewer: a Lacanian articulation of femininity and its evolving self-reflexivity through the play of the gaze. The viewer gazes at the woman, who in return gazes into open space and vast water.

The Get Up Kids came onto the scene in the ’90s wake of Pavement, Weezer and Green Day. After splitting up in 2005, the band reassembled and began touring extensively throughout most of 2008 and 2009, developing an underground community with other bands such as Rocket Fuel is the Key, Coalesce and Braid. Their latest record, There Are Rules, is a departure from Vagrant Records – the album was released on their own label at Quality Hill Records. Mixed by Bob Weston and produced by Ed Rose, the sound retains the band’s early nineties garage aesthetic while adding the liberties of technological editing. When the Get Up Kids graced the ’90s, critics initially referred to them as an “emo band” however, the kids have fought with such branding since their inception. While they were influential to the Midwest emo movement of the early ’90s, they play with genre more than they identify with it.


Love Above Par: Parlovr kick off Les Vendredis Nocturnes at Montreal’s Museum of Contemporary Art

Old East Coast nannies in Ralph Lauren sipping tea. Juxtapose that with loud hipsters, short shorts, Fender Strats and pedals. Now, imagine that as the graphic layout of a Parlovr set.

Self-pronounced “sloppy pop” indie punks Parlovr hosted the opening night of Les Vendredis Nocturnes this past Friday, September 3. Beginning in September, Montreal’s Museum of Contemporary Art (MACM) features musical productions alongside video footage and contemporary displays, with variations in performance, on the first Friday of each month. From September through December, Koudiam, Le Husky, and Courtney Wing will be playing similar shows as part of the series, so if you missed out on Parlovr, no need to throw up your arms in nostalgia.

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Lost Without Cause Talk Influences, Bankrupt Labels and Aspirations

Lost Without CauseLost Without Cause are an Alternative Rock, three piece outfit hailing from Watford, Herts, UK. They have been playing together since their formation in 2004, and so far have played well over 200 gigs with the likes of My Passion, Saving Aimee, Fei Comodo, Koopa, The Runners and Linchpin.

To give you a little background information on Lost Without Cause: in 2007 the band was selected by MTV as part of their new talent initiative program, which involved a live performance and an interview which aired on MTV2 throughout April, May and June 2007. In July 2007 they visited and recorded a live session in the world famous Maida Vale Studios, and in November 2007, after progressing to the 3rd round of an International Battle of the Bands, were invited to play at the London Astoria 2. The gig was a massive success and the band progressed onto the 4th round where they once again played the London Astoria 2. In July 2008 they were selected by Bon Jovi from over 400 acts as one of the Top 20 bands with the chance to support them at their Twickenham show. Unfortunately, after an online vote, they narrowly missed out.