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CD Review: Falling Stars “Let it All Go”

Falling Stars is a Cleveland, Ohio-based Rock and Roll band. The main backbone of the band, Chris Allen and Tim Parnin have been creating music within the Greater Cleveland area for around fifty years of combined experience. That experience came from time that both musicians spent in other bands that had existed in the Cleveland area music scene.

While Chris Allen and Tim Parnin have been kicking around the area for years, it was only when the two artists decided to collaborate that they actually played together. And once Chris Allen and Tim Parnin decided to create music together, they called upon Dave Padrutt and Gary Porter for their new band. And in 2017, the band put out their initial release called Stranded in the Future, an album that found the band drawing from several different styles and time periods of Rock and Roll in order to bring their songs to life. What resulted was a release that was the perfect addition to any Rock and Roll lover’s music collection.

Two years have passed since Chris Allen, Tim Parnin and the rest released the band’s first album. In that time, they have written more music and have since created four new songs that are about to be released as the band’s second release, an EP called Let It All Go. And just like with the band’s previous release, Let It All Go features the talents of Christopher Allen and Tim Parnin on guitars, Dave Padrutt on bass, backing vocals, percussion & keys and Gerry Porter on percussion.

Let It All Go from Falling Stars begins with the track called “We Are the Future”. While much of the music that Falling Stars has created contains a sound or feel that draws from current musical trends, this track features a slight throwback feel to the music. The track contains a strong guitar-driven feel that takes the listener back to the solid Rock and Roll music that was around during the seventies and early eighties. The musical direction on “We Are the Future” brings to mind bands like T-Rex and others who were around during the New Wave/Glam Rock era.

Falling Stars continues their newest release with the track “Neptune Baby”. The track features a strong Power Pop sound. Taking that Power Pop base, the track’s sound seems to borrow a lot from the likes of the band The White Stripes. The track’s rather bouncy musical feel features a strong drumbeat and guitar sound that brings to mind the playing of Jack and Meg White’s musical approach. While there is a slight sparseness to the music at the beginning of the track, the sound fills out as the track proceeds. “Neptune Baby” is the type of track that would be very popular on Alternative Rock radio formats.

The newest release from Falling Stars continues with the title track of the EP. The song “Let It All Go”. While the track “Neptune Baby” features a sound that is reminiscent of The White Stripes, “Let It All Go” contains a musical approach that features a strong, driving pace that is helped along with some Pop-Rock influence on the music. This song is one track on the release that easily contains musical influences from previous bands that Chris Allen and Tim Parnin have been a part of over the years. “Let It All Go” contains a Pop-Rock sound that brings to mind the same type of music that had been produced by Parnin’s band from the early 2000’s called Uptown Sinclair. While this track has its own style, the influence from Uptown Sinclair seems to have snuck in somehow. “Let It All Go” is easily the strongest track on the release.

The first three tracks of the Let It All Go release from Falling Stars have a certain sound to them thanks to Gary Rhamy. However, that production quality is replaced with a much different feel on the final track of the Let It All Go EP. The reason for that is because this final song was produced with the help of Don Dixon, a musician and music producer who works and performs alongside Chris Allen in the Christmas-themed band called The Ohio City Singers. With Dixon at the helm for the song “Downstream,” the track contains a slightly acoustic feel to the music with the addition of some acoustic guitar. It’s that acoustic guitar feel that changes the musical direction. A slightly lighter approach on the music puts more of a Pop-Rock feel on the track. While it feels very different from the rest of the tracks, “Downstream” allows the listener to get a much different view of the talent of the band members in Falling Stars.

Let It All Go, the newest release from Falling Stars, is rather short with only four tracks. And those four tracks contain only about eleven minutes of music as each of the four songs lasts for just over two-and-a-half minutes a piece. But no matter how short the EP happens to be, each track shows off the various musical influences that help to shape the sound of the band. Whether it is the genres of music that the band draws from, or the person behind the production board who helps to shape the sound of the tracks, the four songs contained within Let It All Go from Falling Stars combine to create an EP that shows off the progression of the four band mates of Chris Allen, Tim Parnin, Dave Padrutt and Gerry Porter as a group.

To check out the music of Falling Stars, check out the video to the song “Let It All Go”.

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CD Review: Falling Stars “Stranded in the Future”

In Cleveland, there are many artists and bands that have been making names for themselves for years. One band that just recently came into being has a history in the Greater Cleveland area that reaches back years before it came into being. The band in question is Falling Stars.

For more than 25 years, the music of Chris Allen has been filling the ears of Clevelanders, whether it’s when he is performing on his own or in the various musical acts like the band he is most known for- Rosavelt; a band that has spent plenty of time entertaining fans in the Greater Cleveland area with music from their several albums of music. At other times, Allen can be found on stage with acts that feature mainly cover versions of popular songs. With a few of his musician friends, Allen performs several times a week within the city of Cleveland and has done so for years.

Just like with Chris Allen, Tim Parnin has been a big part of the Cleveland music scene. And just like Allen, Parnin has a long history in the music scene. In fact, Clevelanders may remember Parnin from back in the early 2000s when he was part of the Alternative Rock band called Uptown Sinclair, a group that he performed in with comedian Dave Hill. The self-titled album from Uptown Sinclair was one of the more memorable local albums from the last 20 years. And just like with Chris Allen and the band Rosavelt, Uptown Sinclair was only a small part of Tim Parnin’s musical history, as he also can claim to be a part of the band Sweet Apple, a band that features other famous musicians that have their own histories like J Mascis from the band Dinosaur Jr.

Together, Chris Allen and Tim Parnin’s musical histories combine for more than 40 years of experience. That experience was put to good use when the two musicians decided to create a new band together. The resulting musical outfit featuring Chris Allen and Tim Parnin is called Falling Stars.

When forming the band Falling Stars, Chris Allen and Tim Parnin called upon Dave Padrutt and Gary Porter to provide the bass and drums for the band. Together with Producer Don Dixon, the band’s music was created. The result is an album entitled Stranded in the Future.

With both Tim Parnin and Chris Allen creating music for the recent version of the band Rosavelt, you would imagine that the music for Falling Stars would have somewhat the same type of vibe. However, that is only somewhat true. The resulting musical combination contains a just little of the Alt-Country feel of Rosavelt but contains a much stronger Rock and Roll influence.

Falling Stars’ new release of Stranded in the Future begins with the track “Down and Out in Ohio”. The track features a Rock and Roll feel that feels rather timeless. The guitars on the track help to create that timeless feel as both Allen and Parnin create a style that would feel right at home in the eighties or the nineties. While the subject matter isn’t the most positive, the track features very strong Rock and Roll.

While only Tim Parnin was part of the band Uptown Sinclair, that group’s sound somehow made its way into the music of Parnin’s new group of Falling Stars. In fact, the song “Another Wrong Way Out” has an Alternative Rock feel that seems to bring to mind the style of Parnin’s old band. “Another Wrong Way Out” would have fit right alongside tunes like “Girlfriend” and “First Thing in the Morning” from Uptown Sinclair’s self-titled album.

With the next track, Chris Allen and Tim Parnin show off their talents as guitarists with a song that contains one of the simplest musical approaches. The track “Morning Divide” features only Allen, Parnin and their two guitars creating the music to the track while Allen’s distinct voice provides the vocals to the song. The easy pace to the song and the gentle strumming from both guitarists create a song that ends up being rather catchy despite the relatively simple musical approach. The track ends up being one of the best moments of the first half of the release.

The track “The Lonely Keep in Touch” is one song on the album Stranded in the Future that makes good use of the talents of Chris Allen. The music and the lyrics are so infused with Allen’s style that you would swear you were actually listening to a solo track. In fact, the song features his style so strongly that it actually it would feel right at home on one of Allen’s solo albums.

On the song “Vacancy Signs,” Falling Stars creates a track that seems to bring out a little influence from sixties. The track’s straight-out Rock and Roll approach and slightly psychedelic sound and feel to the music gives the song a definite different feel than the rest of the release. And even with that slightly unique musical approach to the track, “Vacancy Signs” ends up being one of the strongest tracks on the release.

Speaking of “a definite different feel” to the music, the song “Losing Without You” is one track on the new album from Falling Stars that comes to life with plenty of help from album producer Don Dixon. The track includes percussion and a production quality that sets the track apart from every single other track on the release. “Losing Without You” is easily one of the strongest moments on the Stranded in the Future album and is a track that begs for multiple listenings.

Throughout the tracks that make up the album Stranded in the Future from Falling Stars, Chris Allen and Tim Parnin create songs that feature different Rock and Roll styles. Together, those various styles of Rock and Roll combine to create one release that feels ultimately timeless. The resulting release of Stranded in the Future is one album that any love of Rock and Roll should search out and add to their music collection.

To check out the music of Falling Stars, click HERE for the song “Another Wrong Way Out”. 

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CD Review: Chris Allen “Acetate”

Every city has their version of the singer-songwriter that should be bigger than they are. In Cleveland, we call this singer-songwriter Chris Allen. This musician who has made a lot of music history in the city of Cleveland, whether he is backing up some of Cleveland’s other talented musicians or playing his own library of music with his band The Guilty Hearts. In 2010, Chris Allen added to his catalog of albums with his newest release, Acetate.