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CD Review: The Teledynes S/T

Rockabilly is not one of those music genres you run into all the time. Aside from acts like Brian Setzer and/or the band he has been a part of for years, Stray Cats, you rarely run into Rockabilly. So when you find someone creating new music from the genre, it truly stands out in the music industry where Pop-Rock is mainly the norm. One band that has added to the Rockabilly genre with their music is the band The Teledynes.

The Teledynes is a three-piece ensemble much like the aforementioned Stray Cats who are creating their own Rockabilly music. The trio features the talents of Will Cooley, Eric Lepene and Mike Volatile, three men who have been performing for well over fifteen years. The difference between the two bands is that The Teledynes seem to draw from both the Stray Cats as well as the Brian Setzer Orchestra as the band combines elements of Rockabilly, Big Band and several similar styles together in order to create the music on the band’s new self-titled release.

“Crazy Train” is the first track of the self-titled release from The Teledynes. While the title of the track brings to mind the song from one Ozzy Osbourne, this is a much different song. The track begins with a musical passage that brings to mind the Jump Blues feel of the Brian Setzer Orchestra before the combination of the Rockabilly feel and the inclusion of the horns on the track come together. The bouncy feel to the music as well as the driving pace create a song that would easily have been right at home during the Big Band Revival during the nineties and early 2000s.

While the first track off of the self-titled release from The Teledynes brings to mind the Brian Setzer Orchestra, the second track takes the band’s music in a slightly different direction. The track “Callin’ On the Devil” calls up comparisons to a different band that had some success of their own during the nineties. “Callin’ On the Devil” is a track that draws upon the influences of Gangster Bop band Royal Crown Revue, a band who became known after its song “Hey Pachuco” was used in the movie The Mask with Jim Carey. The style and influence of Royal Crown Revue is very evident in several ways on the track, starting with the style of the music and the title of the track. Using some of the influence from Royal Crown Revue, the “Callin’ On the Devil” contains a fun feel to the music while still containing a bit of evilness to the lyrical content of the track.

Big band, Rockabilly and Gangster Bop are only three influences that help shape the music of The Teledynes. With the track called “Cohaagen,” the band calls upon the influence of Stratocaster king Dick Dale. The instrumental track contains a very similar style to the recently deceased musician who became known for songs including “Miserlou”. The Stratocaster-led track “Cohaagen” contains the same Surf Rock style that was around in the sixties. The Teledynes do a very good job of reviving the style while keeping the music fresh. For those who enjoy Surf Rock, this track is definitely for you.

Perhaps the most unique track on the self-titled release from The Teledynes is the song entitled “Way Out West”. Continuing to add more layers to their sound, the band combines the aforementioned influence of Brian Setzer and Stray Cats with a generous amount of Western influence. The result is a track that starts with a strong Rockabilly feel and the addition of the Western/Country flavor gives the track a different feel than any of the tracks that came before it. “Way Out West” with the twang in the guitar stands out as unusual when compared to the tracks that came before on the release. But that unusual delivery simply helps to keep the album moving along and staying fresh.

The self-titled release from The Teledynes continues with the track “47 Cadillac”. While the track easily contains a strong Stray Cats influence as that is the main influence that comes through, the track also brings to mind the sound and style of Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen. Of course, that should be rather evident with the title of the track bringing to mind that band’s classic track “Hot Rod Lincoln”. The track from The Teledynes contains the same loose, fun feel as the music of the older band.  

For the next track called “Shot of Whiskey,” The Teledynes create a track with a solid Rockabilly flavor to it. The fun, bouncy beat contained with this track allows the band to create a track that sounds very familiar. But unlike other tracks on this album that feel influenced by the Stray Cats, “Shot of Whiskey” simply draws upon the overall genre of Rockabilly and not a specific influence.

Like the song “Cohaagen” from earlier in the release, the track entitled “September” features the band creating a strictly instrumental track. But instead of the influence from the likes of Dick Dale, “September” feels more like something from the instrumental duo of Santo & Johnny  who were known for songs such as “Sleep Walk”. In fact, the track will undoubtedly take the listener back to the early fifties as the song contains that sort of feel to the music.

As the listener makes their way through the self-titled release from The Teledynes, they encounter many different styles of music that help add shape to the band’s sound. The inclusion of styles like Jump Blues, Rockabilly, Instrumental Rock and other sounds create an ever-changing patchwork of sound. The release never stays in one spot, musically, for more than one song before it changes directions. The three members of the band have a lot of talent and the various styles of music contained within the release make it truly evident.

 

For a taste of the music from The Teledynes, check out the song “Crazy Train”. 

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CD Review: Made of Boxes S/T

Made of Boxes is an Indie Rock band from Seattle, Washington. The band is made up of members Luke Brown on Vocals, Guitar, Keys; David Chapaitis on Guitar, Bass; John Hage on Keys, Bass, Vocals and David Testa on Percussion, Vocals. Having been around a short amount of time, the band formed in December of 2013. The band is about to celebrate the release of their debut album as that self-titled release will hit the streets in July.

The new self-titled album from Made of Boxes begins with the track “Mountains”. The track contains a moderate pace to the music. The Indie Rock of the band on the first track of the album would seem rather straight-forward if it wasn’t for the occasional feedback that gives the track its unique feel.

The first track of the album contains a definite moderate pace to the music. The pace to the second track of “Osprey” is not as clear-cut. The guitar that begins the track contains a jazz/classical feel and sets a certain pace to the music. The drum that joins the jazz-like guitar seems to speed that pace up a tad. That back and forth play changes the pace several times before the band decides on one pace. The jazz-like approach to the Indie Rock on the track of “Osprey” creates a track that is just as unique as the first track of “Mountains”.

As the self-titled album from Made of Boxes continues, the listener becomes more and more familiar with the sound of the quiet guitar that makes up the majority of the music on each of the tracks that make up the album. “Floodlight” is one track that features that guitar more than any other. The majority of the track contains a certain quiet quality to it before the band launches into a stronger, louder and quicker feel to the music for a few bars before retreating back into the quiet. “Floodlight” is the strongest song of the first three tracks and shows off the talent of each of the members of Made of Boxes, as well as the vocal ability of Luke Brown who also alternates his voice from quiet to a more intense feeling throughout the track.

The track of “Jeremy” from Made of Boxes changes the direction of the music of the band just a bit. While the previous tracks contains a certain amount of jazz influence, “Jeremy” feels as if it should belong on an album from an artist like Al Jarreau who creates albums of vocal jazz tracks. The light feel of the music and the laidback approach of Brown’s vocals make the jazz-inspired track yet another unique track on the self-titled from Made of Boxes.

The band returns to a more rock-based sound for the track “Concrete”. The resulting track features a folk-like approach to the rock music. The track once again finds the band creating a track that contains a slow and easy pace to the track yet a stronger drumbeat than previous songs on the release. “Concrete” is one of the heavier tracks on the self-titled album from Made of Boxes.

Some of the tracks on the new release from Made of Boxes have a soft, almost jazz-like approach to them. Because of that, it comes as no surprise when the band takes a turn creating a completely instrumental track. “Drawing Circles” is a jazz-like track that features both acoustic and electric guitars that seem to intertwine to create a song that contains a very infectious melody. The guitars on the track alternate with the main melody to create a track that contains a nice complexity to the music. Although one of the most laidback tracks on the debut album from Made of Boxes, the song is one of the catchiest of the release.

On the new album from Made of Boxes, the band spends a few tracks in a very mellow musical direction before picking up the pace with the track “Butterflies”. While the track still does not blow the listener away with its intensity, “Butterflies” does have a more intense rock feel to the music than the previous three tracks. The Indie Rock by the band creates one of the catchy and memorable tracks on the album.

For their new 2016 self-titled album, the band Made of Boxes creates Indie Rock that is very heavy in its jazz influence while also incorporating a nice amount of alternative rock to help shape their style. The resulting tracks on the album are very strong as the band members take their time crafting songs that are equal parts melody and musical ability. For a debut release, Made of Boxes makes an album that begs to be heard from beginning to end.

For more information, check out the band’s PR firm, XO Publicity.


As Made of Boxes will be celebrating in just over a week, the band’s self-title is not currently available for purchase or download. Therefore, check out the band’s new video for “Mountains,” one track that will be on the upcoming release.

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CD Review: Satan’s Pilgrims “Frankenstomp”

Very few bands in today’s music industry make it past an album or two before they split to create another band or simply give up altogether. It is really rare in today’s music industry to find a band that stays together for any length of time. So when a band like Satan’s Pilgrims stays together for over two decades, that’s really something to celebrate.

The Portland-based band of Satan’s Pilgrims is one musical outfit that has truly created a lasting legacy in today’s music industry. The band is currently closing in on celebrating twenty-five years together as a band. Satan’s Pilgrims include: Dave Pilgrim on guitar, sitar, organ, percussion; Scott Pilgrim on electric guitar; John Pilgrim on electric bass; Bobby Pilgrim on electric guitar; and Ted Pilgrim on drums.

Having spent so many years creating original compositions as well as cover arrangements of well-known surf rock instrumentals, the band has taken some time off from recording. In fact, it’s been several years since Satan’s Pilgrims has released an album. The last album from Satan’s Pilgrims was 2009’s Psychsploitation. Since then, they’ve been rather silent.  However, the band recently decided to release a 27-track compilation album that brings a lot of the band’s musical history together in one place. The new 2015 release from Satan’s Pilgrims is entitled Frankenstomp.

Frankenstomp from Satan’s Pilgrims brings together well over an hour of music from the surf rock band to remind old and new listeners of what the band can do. When listening to the new compilation, you can easily tell that the band is able to hang with the best of them. And since the band was influenced by artists such as The Ventures, Duane Eddy and even Dick Dale, it’s easy to tell why they have lasted as long as they have.

Satan’s Pilgrims’ new release of Frankenstomp consists of a mix of musical treasures that can be found on the many different releases created over the years by the band as well as live tracks and even a demo. The live tracks on the release include “Haunted House of Rock” and the album’s title track of “Frankenstomp”. The two live versions allow the listener to experience just a snapshot of what it would be like to catch the band live in concert. While the studio tracks on the album show the writing and playing abilities of the five members of the band, the two live tracks included in the release show what the members of the band can do on stage and the tracks give the listener an even better glimpse into what makes Satan’s Pilgrims such an interesting band.

Along with the twenty main tracks, Frankenstomp includes several “bonus tracks” that help to add value to the package as a whole. One of the bonus tracks that is really interesting is the radio commercial that had been created for Satan’s Pilgrims’ most recent studio release of Psychsploitation. While the band somehow overlooked adding any of the songs from that album to the tracks of the Frankenstomp release, the inclusion of the commercial for the Psychsploitation album at least gives those familiar to Satan’s Pilgrims music and the new audience to the band a reason to check out that album.

Perhaps the most interesting part of the entire Frankenstomp release from Satan’s Pilgrims is the final six tracks on the album. These six tracks make up both sides of the band’s very first release. The inclusion of the original six-song cassette from the band allows the listener to see just where the band started out. One of the shining highlights on the six-song release is the band’s version of the Santo and Johnny classic “Sleepwalk”. As you listen to these early songs from the group, you get the feeling that the band really had gelled rather quickly.

It’s not often that you get the opportunity to delve into a band’s history the way you do with this album. Each track on the Frankenstomp release from Satan’s Pilgrims shows slightly different sides to the band’s collective personality. With each song, you hear different influences come through that helped to shape the band’s sound over the years. And while the music from the band is the most important element to the release, the different sources within the band’s musical catalog used to create the album also help to make Frankenstomp a “must hear” album. Whether you currently are a fan of Satan’s Pilgrims or you have yet to experience the band, Frankenstomp is well worth the time to check out.

To hear the song “Frankenstomp” from Satan’s Pilgrims, click on the link.

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The Dosadi Experiment

The Dosadi Experiment formed in March of this year. The band started with just two members: Merry and Paul.

“Hey, how about forming a rock band?” Paul asked. They had often talked of being in a band together.

“Sure”, came the reply, “but there are only two of us…” Paul showed a defiant look and shrugged.

“Well so what, we can kick it out, let’s just do it, and let’s play whatever the hell we want.”

And that was it, we began trying out styles, kicking out riffs and hammering some songs together. Once things had gotten rolling we started looking for a bassist. That’s when John sauntered onto the scene, from the first moment we realised we were onto a winner, and our music began to take depth and evolve. It didn’t take us long before we were playing our first gig.

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CD Review: Los Kahunas – Otro Reverberante Encuentro Con Los Kahunas

Rock music can take on many forms: There’s classic rock, British Invasion rock, punk rock, new wave rock, alternative rock, and many, many other styles. One form of the genre that is mostly overlooked (simply because of the dearth of artists contributing to it) is instrumental rock. Artists like Johnny and the Hurricanes, The Starfires, The Ventures, and Dick Dale once had plenty of company as other bands also created instrumental rock, but now there are fewer and fewer bands creating the music. One such band that is creating their take on instrumental rock is Los Kahunas.