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CD Review: Angela Perley “4:30”

Singer-songwriter Angela Perley grew up in Central Ohio near Columbus. In the city of Hilliard, Perley started playing guitar while in her teens and was in her first band while still in high school. As she moved from one level of education to the next, music was always part of Perley’s life as she joined and created bands. Perley started truly making a name for herself when she was part of the band Angela Perley and the Howlin’ Moons. After putting out several EP’s of music, Angela Perley and the Howlin’ Moons released their first album Hey Kid in 2014. That band would release one more album (2016’s Homemade Visions) before Perley would decide to go on her own as a solo artist.

As a solo artist, Angela Perley draws upon the same type of musical blend that she had created while a part of the band Angela Perley and the Howlin’ Moons: Country, Indie, Rock, and Folk. This blend creates one form of Americana, shifting through the various musical influences from one song to the next. That shifting of genres is a large apart of the music contained within the debut solo release from Angela Perley called 4:30.

The album called 4:30 from Angela Perley begins with the title track of the release. “4:30” finds Perley creating a song about being home for a change and not being able to sleep. The track begins with a rather laidback Folk-inspired feel that brings to mind something from the Sixties music scene. When the track continues, that Folk feel is added to with some easy Rock and Roll influence. The track quickly morphs into an Indie Rock feel which continues until the track ends. With the track “4:30,” Angela Perley draws the listener in right from the start.

Angela Perley’s new release continues with the track “Let Go”. This track leaves the easy feel of the last track far behind. Instead of an easy Folk-Rock blend, this song finds Perley unleashing her inner rock star. While the first track was largely inspired by the likes of Joan Baez or Carole King, “Let Go” draws its inspiration from the likes of Suzi Quatro or Pat Benetar, putting the track somewhere between the Hard Rock of the Eighties and the early days of Alternative Rock. Anyone looking for a good Hard Rockin’ Rock and Roll song, “Let Go” with its strong electric guitars and driving pace to the music will easily satisfy that desire.

Perley continues her 4:30 album with the track “Back in Town”. As the musician had just finished a track with a strong Rock and Roll vibe to it, she continued that direction with another such track in “Back in Town”. Where the previous track falls somewhere between Alternative Rock and Hard Rock of the Eighties, this song takes Perley’s music into a stronger Seventies/Eighties Rock and Roll direction. Falling somewhere between Joan Jett and Lita Fold, “Back in Town” easily would have been right at home on the radio in the Eighties on Power Rock radio formats.

The feel of the music changes again with the next track called “He Rides High”. With this track, Angela Perley creates a more relaxed song with a style and pace of Classic Rock from the late Sixties/early Seventies. This track blends together Rock and Roll, Jazz and some Folk influence. Together, the musical influences of the track seem to recall some of the style of the band The Doors in their less psychedelic stages. On this track, Angela Perley’s voice also contains a similar vocal quality to that of Grace Slick of Jefferson Airplane or Christine McVie of Fleetwood Mac. While this is a new song, the track definitely contains a classic feel to it.

Staying in a rather laidback mood, the next track of “Don’t Look Back Mary” slows the pace of the music down. While “He Rides High” already contains a relaxed feel, with “Don’t Look Back Mary,” the slow pace of the music intensifies. Folk Rock and a hint of Country influence combine to create a track that appears to have a little pain in the lyrical content as the title character of Mary seems to have a hard time letting go of the past and moving on. The slow pace to the song and that lyrical content combine to create one of the most emotional tracks on the release.

After several slow-paced tracks, Angela Perley brings some of the energy back to her music on the track “Dangerous Love”. This track has a strong Pop-Rock feel to the music, creating a rather timeless feel to the music. The song brings to mind female Rock stars from the Eighties, such as Eighties-era Madonna or even The Bangles. In fact, you could imagine this track being played right after a track such as “If She Knew What She Wants” from Susanna Hoffs and the rest of the band. “Dangerous Love” is one of the most commercial tracks on the 4:30 album from Angela Perley.

“Walk With Me,” the final track of Angela Perley’s solo debut finds Perley bringing back a little of the Sixties flavor that had been found on the song “He Rides High”. Again, with this track, Perley seems to be drawing influence from Grace Slick and Jefferson Airplane. The wah-wah pedal near the end of the track adds a nice retro feel to the song. The retro feel to the Rock and Roll on this track adds a nice amount of energy to the end of the release, and brings the album called 4:30 to a close on an energetic note.

4:30 from Angela Perley is an album with many different angles as the singer-songwriter and musician draws inspiration from many different artists and eras. That ever-changing direction creates a release that may very well find a rather diverse audience.  

 

To experience some of the music from Angela Perley, check out the song “Let Go”. 

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CD Review: Stone Diamond “Don’t Believe What You Think”

Back when the band Stone Diamond first formed, the Rock and Roll ensemble was a trio consisting of: Cy on vocals/bass, Josh on vocals/guitar and The Tongue on drums. Today, the band has expanded to a quartet and now consists of: Cy on bass, Pete on drums, Marc on guitar/vocals and Zaki on guitars/backings. And while the band went from the trio setting to a band consisting of four members, not much has changed as far as talent is concerned. Just like before, the Rock and Roll music created by the band is strong and very listener-friendly.  

It was back in 2013 that Stone Diamond released their debut album entitled We Stole the Stars from the Black Night. That particular album was so strong and was such a breath of fresh air as far as Rock and Roll was concerned that it made quite an impression on those who were lucky enough to have been exposed to it. They would then go on to add the album Phoenix to their discography. Now, five years after the release of the original album, the ensemble (now a little larger than before) returns with their third album. That album is entitled Don’t Believe What You Think.

The first track off of the Don’t Believe What You Think release from Stone Diamond is the track “Amy Van Dango”. The track takes the listener straight back into the eighties. The song features a Rock and Roll feel to the music that blends a lot of Soul elements into the music. It also seems to feature a generous amount of Hall and Oates feel to the music and the lyrics. This track would fit right in with any song on Top 40 Radio back in the eighties. But that doesn’t mean that it would be out of place on today’s radio. With all of the retro artists out there like Bruno Mars creating tracks like “24k Magic” currently blowing up commercial radio, there is plenty of room out there for Stone Diamond’s “Amy Van Dango”. And with this track as the first single, the band has begun to promote the Don’t Believe What You Think release. Of course, the single version of the song is much shorter than the original seven minute-plus album track.  

Stone Diamond’s newest release continues with the track “The Art of Breaking Hearts”. The track begins with a guitar riff that is rather reminiscent of something from Jimi Hendrix; especially if you consider that the riff sounds as if it had been inspired by Hendrix’s song “The Wind Cries Mary”. That Hendrix-inspired riff soon blends into a slow-paced track that features an easy pace to the music. The relaxed feel to “The Art of Breaking Hearts” adds a bit of emotional feeling to the track’s lyrics about a relationship that has its ups and downs. As the listener makes their way through the track, they notice a strong Classic Rock vibe that revolves around that Hendrix-inspired musical approach. While the track contains more than just the Hendrix influence, it’s hard to ignore that influence in the track.

On the very next track, the band dramatically changes the direction of the Rock and Roll that they create. While the first two tracks contain a Classic Rock approach, the song “Mine” finds the band blending together two different eras of music. In fact, the opening riff on the bass will remind listeners of something reminiscent of the bassline from “Come as You Are” from Nirvana. But the track also contains a feel that brings images of music from the sixties. The lyrical feel to the track especially conjures up visions of that time period. The blending of the two elements create a track that feels as much out of place with any time period as it reminds people of two different eras. A rather strange blend of styles creates a track that ends up feeling as out of place with today’s music as it also feels as if it belongs with today’s music.

While the next track continues the Classic Rock feel of the music on Don’t Believe What You Think, the new release from Stone Diamond, the song “1000 Suns” takes the band’s music in a direction that would feel right at home on any Power Rock radio format. As a matter of fact, “1000 Suns” brings the band’s music into the eighties with a sound that blends influences from Aerosmith and other such Rock and Roll bands together to form a track that would have been right at home on any Power Rock radio format back during the eighties. The track alternates between a strong Power Rock feel and a more laidback approach that would be closer to a power ballad than anything else. But the strong guitar riff that brings to mind something from the likes of someone like Joe Perry from Aerosmith keeps the track from getting too laidback.

With the track entitled “No Sleep,” Stone Diamond adds a bit of Country Music twang to their sound. While there is still plenty of Classic Rock feeling to the music on “No Sleep,” the slight twang in the music gives the band’s song more Americana flair to it than the rest of the tracks on the album. With the inclusion of the twang in the music, “No Sleep” feels as if it would fit right in with Country Music radio formats just as easily as Classic Rock formats. The song ends up being a perfect crossover track.

Stone Diamond returns to more of a straight-out Rock and Roll approach to their music on the next track of “Let’s Go”. With this track, the band creates music that has a musical feel that could have come from any of the last four decades. The undeniably timeless feel of the music as well as the simple lyrical content of the track helps to create a song that feels very timeless.

Just as the track “No Sleep” stands out because of the inclusion of a slight Country Music twang in the track’s musical content, the final track on the release also stands out…for very much the same reason. The song “Misty Eyes” finds a band that creates songs with a strong Classic Rock direction changing that direction for a very different feel to their music. Instead of that Classic Rock/Power Rock vibe, “Misty Eyes” finds Stone Diamond creating a track with a Pop-Rock approach. Like much of the music that can be found on the Don’t Believe What You Think release, “Misty Eyes” contains a sound and feel that would fit right in with much of the music that was around during the eighties.

The Don’t Believe What You Think release from Stone Diamond is a solid release from beginning to end. And with the inclusion of many different elements and influences, the Classic Rock from the band changes from one track to the next. For those music lovers who enjoy Classic Rock, Stone Diamond creates a release that will surely be something you’d want to experience first and then add to your own music library.

To experience a little of the music from Stone Diamond, check out the band’s current single of “Amy Van Dango”. 

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CD Review: Straight Six “Full Circle”

As time goes by, it seems that less and less people are focusing on making real, straight-out Rock and Roll. However, there are those out there that are focused on keeping the style alive. No matter how far and wide you need to look, you can find real Rock and Roll if you look hard enough. One particular band out there right now making now short of real Rock and Roll is the band Straight Six.

Straight Six is a quartet that came together after bassist Glen Drieth had attempted to form a band. When that version of the band did not work out, a new and different line-up was put together and the result is the quartet of musicians who call themselves Straight Six. Along with Glen Drieth on bass, the rest of the group consists of Jay Quintana on vocals, Eric Schaudies on guitar and Joey Shapiro on drums. This band is a supergroup of sorts as Glen Drieth, Jay Quintana and Joey Shapiro also appear in other bands when not providing their time and talents to Straight Six; Quintana can be found in Death Bed Confession while Shapiro can be found in XYZ and Glen Drieth also appears with the Chris Cagle Band. Together with Eric Schaudies on guitar, the resulting quartet creates some of the hardest hitting Rock and Roll out there today.

Together, bassist Glen Drieth, Jay Quintana on vocals, Eric Schaudies on guitar and Joey Shapiro on drums create the band Straight Six, whose Rock and Roll lives up to many of the hard rocking bands who had existed in the seventies and eighties when straight-out Rock and Roll was at its strongest and hardest. And right now, Straight Six celebrating the release of a brand new ten-song album entitled Full Circle.

Full Circle from Straight Six begins with the track “Aimed at Me”. The track starts off strong as continues that way as the music contains a driving feel to the Rock And Roll music. The music itself is somewhere between straight-out Rock and Roll and Hard Rock. And with the vocals from Jay Quintana containing a slight feel reminiscent of Bon Scott and/or Brian Johnson of Hard Rock. The feel of the music and the feel of the vocals ensure that what the listener experiences is and can only be considered Rock and Roll.

The new album from Straight Six continues with the track “Middle of the Ride”. Where the first track of “Aimed at Me” had a fact, driving pace to the music, “Middle of the Ride” contains a slower, more contained pace. What this track may remind the listener of is music reminiscent of Aerosmith; at least, the sound of Aerosmith from the mid-to-late eighties. You can hear a little bit of that band’s influence from their songs like “Walk like This” in the song “Middle of the Ride”. And while you may hear a little Aerosmith in the band’s music that is all you hear as the band uses Aerosmith as an influence and not one to copy.

For the song “Back Home,” the listener gets a chance to hear Straight Six at its best. This track features strong guitars as well as strong vocals from Jay Quintana. What the listener also experiences with this track is a band that has created a song that easily falls into the Hard Rock genre but does not sound like a band in particular. The unmistakable Hard Rock feel of the track proves that Straight Six is most serious about the music they create. Just like the bands that came before them, they have a sound that is fresh. In fact, “Back Home” could easily be the stand out track of the release.

With the song “Cry All Night,” is one song that takes the listener back in time. If you are of a certain age, you can put “Cry all Night” on and find yourself thinking back to the days of Power Rock. In fact, this track would have felt right at home within that radio format. The sound of the guitars on the track, in particular, is one indicator that this track would be right at home back in the eighties.

While the Full Circle release from Straight Six seems to be a release without much controversy, there is one track on the release that seems to have a statement of sorts. With a feel to the lyrical delivery that would be reminiscent of Punk Rock if the anger was there, the track “Divided We Stand” is a track that sounds very political yet may not actually be. The play with the lyrics has the listener paying closer attention to the track simply to hear the playful delivery of the lyrics. Lyrics like “Divided We Stand, United We Fall” will make you think; especially with how much we have been exposed to the other way of making those statements. 

With the track “What Would I Give,” Straight Six provides the listener with a truly straight-out Rock and Roll musical approach. The track comes complete with a sound that would remind the listener of something from The Black Crowes. The track’s intensity lies somewhere between the band’s rockin’ delivery from something like the track “Remedy” and the more relaxed delivery of “She Talks to Angels”.

As you make your way through the ten tracks that make up Full Circle from Straight Six, you get to experience several different Rock and Roll influences. But no matter how matter styles of Rock and Roll you encounter on this album, it’s all Rock and Roll. With this release, Straight Six shows you just what a Rock and Roll album can sound like. And the most important thing is that there is no track on the album that needs to be skipped. Put the album on and just let it play out. That is something you rarely get today, but you get it here on Full Circle from Straight Six.

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To hear the music of Straight Six, check out the song “Aimed at Me“. 

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CD Review: D.L. Byron “Satori”

While there are many artists who break into the music industry and then leave it after just a few years for one reason or another, there are others who decide to make music a part of their lives for their entire life. One such person who has spent decades in the pursuit of the perfect song is D.L. Byron.

It was back in 1979 that D.L. Byron had a taste of fame as he had been signed by Clive Davis to Arista Records. During his time as part of the musical roster of that label, Byron gave himself and Arista Records a big boost when his song called “Listen to the Heartbeat” became a Top 40 hit. But after that, the label decided that his sound was too similar to other artists and they went on to promote artists that they thought were closer to what they were looking for.

Despite not having a major label behind him, D.L. Byron has gone on to create an entire library of original releases with the label Zen Archer Records. With the label, Byron continues to thrive to this day. In fact, he just released a new four-song EP. That EP is entitled Satori.

Satori from D.L. Byron begins with the track “No. 1 God”. With this track, Byron creates a song that features a timeless, straight-out feel to the music. To go along with a sound that would have been right at home in the days before Alternative Rock, the track contains a strong driving force in the music that keeps the pace of the track moving quickly. The track also finds D.L. Byron using just a small amount of humor in the lyrics as he sings about losing his dyslexia and worshiping “Dog”. The energetic track begins the four-song release on a strong note and makes the listener want for more.

D.L. Byron’s Satori EP continues with the track “Rehearsing for the Future”. Like the track that came before it, “Rehearsing for the Future” features a timeless, straight-out feel to the Rock and Roll that makes up the track. And just like the previous track, this song has a strong, driving feel to the pace. The resulting music on the track would have easily fit on any Power Rock radio formats when that format was popular. Even on today’s Modern Rock stations, “Rehearsing for the Future” would be a very popular among today’s music listeners.

The third track on D.L. Byron’s Satori EP is the song “All Fall Down”. While the previous tracks feature a rather timeless feel to the Rock and Roll, “All Fall Down” seems to find Byron creating a track with more of an Alternative Rock feel to the music. Moreover, the style of the music at the beginning of the track is rather reminiscent of that created by the Gin Blossoms back in the nineties. As the track progresses, that influence stays true while also it incorporates other Alternative influences into the track that feel very commercial by today’s standards. “All Fall Down” is perhaps the most commercial of the songs that are included in the Satori EP.

Satori from D.L Byron is brought to a close with the fourth and final track on the release entitled “Everywhere I Go”. The track begins with an intro of a pulsating feeling creating by a keyboard. That pulsating sound starts the track off with a New Wave feel before the track truly begins and features a Hard Rock approach. Once the music truly begins, the resulting track brings to mind music that would have been found back in the eighties and would have been included on Hard Rock radio formats during the eighties. The strong electric guitar presence on the track helps to add to the feel of the track and the mention of a time machine in the track’s lyrics feels very apropos as the song does feel as if it would have come from an earlier time period. Altogether, the various elements combine together to form a track that is reminiscent of something from rocker Billy Squire.

Although D.L. Byron’s rather short time on a major label may not have resulted in instant success and years of Top Ten hits, that did not stop him from continuing to create his own music on his own terms. And the newest release from Byron shows that he still has the desire to create good, old-fashioned Rock and Roll even though the rest of the music industry wants to travel in a more Pop music-inspired direction. But as it stands, Satori from D.L. Byron is a release that fans of real Rock and Roll should be proud to own.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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To check out the newest material from D.L. Byron, check out the track “No. 1 God“.  

 

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CD Review: Bryan Banks “The Sudden Sounds of Urgency”

Bryan Banks is one of those musicians who took it upon himself to create his music on his own. When you have a musician who does everything on his own, the results could either be good or bad, depending on the talent of the individual. There is definite talent within the music of Bryan Banks as he seems to take many different flavors of Rock and Roll when creating his music. His music takes some Rock and Roll, Funk, and Grunge with a large hint of Heavy Metal thrown in and mixes all those styles together in the sound that makes up his music. And with the fact that everything on the album was created by Banks himself, the multi-talented musician has created an album of music that ends up being rather well-rounded. His debut album is entitled The Sound of Urgency.

The Sound of Urgency from Bryan Banks begins with track “Turn My Back”. Right from the beginning, the song features a very strong Rock and Roll feel to the music. So much so, the track balances between Rock and Roll and Metal. That has to do with the power that comes out of the guitars on the track. What the listener may be reminded of on this track is a song from the British Heavy Metal band Living Colour. “Turn My Back” has a lot of power to it and makes for a strong opening track.

The release of The Sound of Urgency from Bryan Banks continues with the track entitled “Discard the Dream”. “Discard the Dream” turns out to be a solid track of Rock and Roll that contains plenty of energy to go along with the lyrics of a relationship coming to an end. Throughout the song, the most impressive thing is Banks’ ability to, not only play the guitar, but to also create a multi-layered feel to the guitar part. With the track, Bryan Banks proves that he is not only a good musician, talented writer and fine vocalist, but he can take all of those talents and combine them together while creating his music. Since it is with the song that you get used to what Banks is doing, repeated listening to the song actually makes Bryan Banks’ “Discard the Dream” better.

Bryan Banks’ album continues with the title track of the release. “The Sound of Urgency” contains a slightly slower pace to the music. And although the pace slows down, Banks does not spare the intensity to the music. The track brings out the Alternative Rock influences in Banks’ writing styles. The track has a rather strong beat that will get the listener grooving along with the music. “The Sound of Urgency” is a very good track and would easily have fit on Alternative Rock radio formats back in the nineties.

After several tracks of intense Rock and Roll, Bryan Banks takes one song to change the pace of the music. The track “Escape the Insanity” begins with Banks putting aside the intensity for a mostly laidback track that finds the musician forming the beginning of the track around a mainly acoustic feel to the music with a slower tempo. While Banks returns time and again to that acoustic approach, he also incorporates a stronger approach throughout the track, as well. The switching back and forth creates a track that feels rather busy and is still not as intense as the previous songs on the release.

With the track “Guilty,” Bryan Banks creates a track that contains a rather intense feel to the music while still containing a melodic undertone to the music. In a style that brings to mind someone like Joe Satriani or other guitarists like him, “Guilty” shows off Banks’ ability infuse his music with the same melodic feel that Satriani is known for. Along with that melodic feel to the music, the lyrics to “Guilty” find Banks questioning how he is supposed to feel when someone around him goes on a spiritual journey and makes him a witness to that journey.

The new album from The Sound of Urgency from Bryan Banks comes to a close with the track “Beautifully Disguised”. Like the majority of the release, the final track of the album finds Banks in a musical mindset that finds him creating a track with plenty of energy. While the track contains a strong Power Rock feel of the music, “Beautifully Disguised” also has enough Alternative influence to keep the track feeling very current. But the Power Rock/Alternative Rock combination creates a track would fit on today’s radio formats while still being able to have been played back in the eighties. The commercial potential of the track creates one of the most Listener-friendly songs on the album.  

The Sound of Urgency from Bryan Banks was put together by Banks one song at a time over the course of several years. And while that time period created a rather long wait between the first single release and the final album packing, Bryan Banks has proved that sometimes it is worth the wait if you’re looking for quality. The Sound of Urgency turns out to be a very solid album of Rock and Roll that any fan of the music style will enjoy.

For a taste of the music from Bryan Banks, click HERE for the album’s title track of “The Sound of Urgency”. 

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CD Review: U.S. Americans “Greatest Hits”

The band U.S. Americans is a Rock and Roll band that makes its home in New York City. The four-piece band consists of Jeff Weiss on Vocals/Guitar/Percussion, Emerson Williams on Drums, Daniel Deychakiwsky on Bass/Guitars and Roy Abraham on Guitars. Together, the musical ensemble creates a sound that they describe as: “Acid punk, whirling guitar, pummeling vocals, throbbing bass, and Dickensian drums.” With this style, the band has created a brand new album of music. And like much of the Punk Rock music scene, the band of U.S. Americans has taken to creating a release that has a slight political undercurrent to a few of the songs on the release. The new album from is U.S. Americans entitled Greatest Hits.

Greatest Hits from U.S. Americans begins with the track “Playtime”. This track features a quote that is most likely where the band’s moniker comes from. Back in 2007, Caitlin Upton, a Miss Teen USA contestant was answering a question about people living in this country not being able to find the United States on a map when she dropped the now infamous description of “U.S. Americans” as part of her answer. While the track features this now infamous statement, the song also features a rather fun lyrical content from vocalist Jeff Weiss as the track features lyrics of board game titles strung together to create a rather amusing wordplay. The track also features a very strong, driving feel to the music. Blending all of these elements together, “Playtime” is a track that comes across as more fun than political.

The new release from U.S. Americans continues with the track “Money in America”. The track’s sound features a very strong seventies vibe to the Rock and Roll music, not to mention the unmistakable Robert Plant vibe on the vocals from Jeff Weiss. The track has a definite Classic Rock style to the music in the style of Led Zeppelin while the lyrics deal with ever-growing divide between the Haves and the Have-Nots in the United States. Musically, “Money in America” will appeal to fans of Classic Rock while still trying to get a message out there about the shrinking category of the Middle Class in the U.S.

With the track “Innocent Fools,” the band changes the direction of their music. On this track, the band takes up a sound that would fit firmly in the eighties. “Innocent Fools” finds Jeff Weiss, Emerson Williams, Daniel Deychakiwsky and Roy Abraham blending their talents together to create a strong Power Rock sound. The strong guitar presence in the track and the feel of the bass and drums really bring out the feel of the track. While the track may not be ready for radio airplay because of the throwback feel to the eighties-style music, the song will absolutely fill the void for those music lovers who have missed the sound of the eighties.

For the track “Manolo,” the band creates a track that features a Prog-Rock style of Rock and Roll that feels as if it had been influenced by Frank Zappa. In fact, the music features guitar playing that brings to mind either the playing of Frank himself or that of his son Dweezil. “Manolo” is the shortest track on the release, but it’s still one track that stays with the listener.

“Fade Out” is the current track on the release to be featured, and it’s easy to see why. The track begins with a guitar riff that sounds as if it’s been backwards masked. That effect creates a very unique sound that catches the listener’s ear immediately. That riff is repeated over and over again throughout the entire length of the track which adds to the unusual but catchy nature of that riff. After the riff has played for about ninety seconds, the rest of the band joins in to create a song that features a slow pace to the music; at least, for the first half of the song. The track alternates between a slow pace and a much harder musical delivery that picks up the pace. The track “Fade Out” is easily one of the tracks that stands out the most on Greatest Hits from U.S. Americans. And the track is one of the songs that all but begs the listener to put on headphones and just allow the music to take you away.

The track “King Someday” is a track that finds U.S. Americans blending musical styles. The track contains a strong Classic Rock feel to the music that also contains a light Hip Hop flavor to the lyrical delivery. Actually, the delivery on the lyrics feels slightly more poetic than Hip Hop-flavored; although, there is a definite Hip Hop attitude to the lyrics. “King Someday” contains a slow pace to the music that brings to mind the music of Led Zeppelin once again.

U.S. Americans pick up the pace of their music for the song “Fuck the KGB”. The Punk Rock track contains a strong guitar presence that goes along with the quick pace. With the track, the band lets their feelings out about how they feel about the Russian spy agency. The track adds just a little bit more political presence to the band’s Greatest Hits release.

Greatest Hits from U.S. Americans comes to a close with the track “Dentist Street”. The track contains a rather relaxed feel to the music while still containing a strong backbone. The straight-out Rock and Roll track has a definite timeless feel to the music. The track could have been created in any decade of the last forty years. To go along with that timeless feel to the music, the lyrics are also rather universal as they seems to tell you to watch your step no matter what you do. “Dentist Street,” while not containing one of the more upbeat musical paces, is one of the more memorable tracks on the new release from U.S. Americans.

The Greatest Hits release from U.S. Americans is a solid album from the very first note. The New York-based quartet incorporates many different musical styles of Rock and Roll to create a release that changes directions throughout the twelve tracks. If you like Rock and Roll, even Rock and Roll that’s slightly political, Greatest Hits from U.S. Americans is well worth checking out.

 

For the music of U.S. Americans, check out the song “Fade Out“.

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CD Review: Vaudevileins “Magician”

The Chicago-based band called Vaudevileins is a musical outfit that seems to switch its sound from one track to the next. Bandmates Bill Aldridge on bass, Brennan Chouinard on drums and vocals, and vocalist/guitarist Jeff Julian recently added guitarist Evan Mohler into the mix. That newly-solidified version of the band seems to be rather open to creating tracks that contain any number of influences and musical elements that keep the band’s music from becoming stale.

On one track, Vaudevileins’ (pronounced vaude-villains) sound feels like a trio with one dominant guitar, while other tracks feature a definite double guitar sound. One track may feel as if it was influenced by modern-day Rock and Roll while others have a more timeless feel to their musical styles.

The current version of the band Vaudevileins with new guitarist Evan Mohler just recorded and released their second full-length album of music. That new release is entitled Magician.

Magician from Vaudevileins begins with the track “Sea Anemone”. The song begins with the double guitar attack of Jeff Julian and Evan Mohler as they create a double-layered guitar riff that adds to the Alternative Rock sound from the entire band. That riff helps lay the foundation for the sound of the track. As the band proceeds in making the track, Julian and Mohler start adding more depth to the music with two-part guitar riffs. The music of the track “Sea Anemone” contains a sound that belongs on Alternative Rock radio formats. The lyrics about trying to survive as a fish in a sea undergoing change because of Man’s influence on the sea and its environment gives the listener something to think about.

The second track of the release is the album’s title track. “Magician” finds the band changing changing musical directions. In fact, the Prog-rock contained within the track feels as if the band Rush were the ones creating the song’s music. As you listen to the track, you can easily imagine Alex Lifeson, Neil Peart and Geddy Lee playing the music. And even though “Magician” does contain a large amount of Progressive Rock influence, Vaudevileins adds a generous amount of Commercial Rock influence to the song. While the music is very progressive in nature, you could easily imagine “Magician” being played on the radio.

With the track of “Sticky,” Vaudevileins create a song that would fit onto Alternative Rock radio formats back in the nineties. The strong guitar presence as well as the driving bass from Bill Aldridge gives the track a definite Alternative Rock influence.

It is with the very next track that Vaudevileins create a track with a timeless Rock and Roll approach. “Chasing Time” hits the listener with a very strong guitar riff before the rest of the band joins in to make music that would have been right at home during the Glam era of music or the Power Rock time period or even amongst today’s bands like The 1975, another band that exists to make music with a strong Rock and Roll backbone.”Chasing Time” contains enough of a commercial Rock and Roll sound that the track could easily find its way onto today’s radio formats.

The very next track finds the band changing the feel of the album. The track “Hell Jazz” begins with a lighter sound than anything else that had come before on the Magician release. A very gentle guitar plays for a few bars before the bass and drums join in to make up the slow-paced, laidback melody of the track. The inclusion of strings helps to produce a track that ultimately sounds like something that could have been produced by either Pink Floyd or Queensryche . The reason for that feel is that Bill Aldridge created an orchestration for the track that has a definite Michael Kamen vibe to it. “Hell Jazz” may stick out as far as the track on Magician is concerned, but the song gives the listener a much different perspective on Vaudevillians’ music.

With the song of “Fake Cigarette,” the band seems to cross musical eras and influences to create a track that has a timeless sound. The song begins with a beat created by Bill Aldridge’s bass and Brennan Chouinard’s drums. The drum/bass intro brings to mind something from the Glam Rock era of Rock and Roll. The criss-crossing of the guitar through the left and right channels also seems to give the song a definite retro feel. And then, when the entire band begins playing, the track takes on a more modern-day approach to its sound. “Fake Cigarette” ultimately feels right at home on today’s radio stations that feature Modern Rock formats.

The Magician release from Vaudevileins comes to a close with the track “Devils”. The song begins with an instrumental passage that contains an electrified Rock and Roll feel before the band changes directions and brings in an acoustic feel that is reminiscent of something from the band T-Rex. The electric introduction leading into the acoustic approach makes for an interesting shift in sound and direction. The dual approaches at once create one track that shows off the talent and versatility of the musicians that make up the band Vaudevileins.

Magician from Vaudevileins is a solid Rock and Roll release. The band makes use of many different styles, influences and sounds to make a very strong album. The ten tracks on the album are so varied that they keep the listener wanting to hear more.

Click on the album cover below to check out the Magician album from Vaudevileins:

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For more information, Check out the band’s PR Firm, Novo Management and Publicity.

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CD Review: Count’s 77 “Soul Transfusion”

In today’s music scene, the radio is full of overly commercialized music. What exists today can largely be categorized as nothing but pop music. Sometimes, you have to go far out of your way to find real Rock and Roll music these days. Thankfully, there are still those musicians out there that are keeping the feeling of real Rock and roll alive. You just have to know where to look for it. One band that is keeping the spirit of real Rock and Roll alive is Las Vegas-based band Count’s 77.

Like the band’s name suggests, Count’s 77 is a Hard Rock band that focuses their musical energy on creating real Rock and Roll. Consisting of bassist Barry Barnes, drummer Paul Disibio, keyboardist Tommy Paris and the twin guitar team of John Zito and Stoney Curtis and lead singer Danny “Count” Koker, the band’s main musical influences come from the Hard Rock era of Rock and Roll. Most importantly, the band lists Thin Lizzy, Foghat, Led Zeppelin and the Allman Brothers as major influences on the band’s sound.

Having already released a self-titled album, Count’s 77 have returned with a new album of music. The brand new album from Count’s 77 is entitled Soul Transfusion.

Soul Transfusion from Count’s 77 begins with the track “Summer of ‘77”. Just like “Summer of ‘69” from Bryan Adams, the new track from Count’s 77 is written as a musical remembrance of days gone by. In this case, lead singer Danny Koker sings of the musical highlights of yesteryear that helped to shape the tastes of the members of the band. Mixed with a musical style that would have been right at home on Power Rock radio formats in the eighties, “Summer of ‘77” features a strong, driving pace to the beat of the song. The vocals from Danny Koker and the powerful guitar solo from Stoney Curtis help make the song very strong.

The new release from Las Vegas’ Count’s 77 continues with the song “Hard Rock Band”. Like the title of the song suggests, “Hard Rock Band” pays tribute to all those who continue to create music in the same style as those bands that are now grouped into the Classic Rock radio format. The first few bars of the song bring to mind “Get Back” from the Rolling Stones before Count’s 77 takes the song in a much stronger and more original direction. “Hard Rock Band” slows the pace of the album down slightly. However, the music produced by the guitars and the rest of the instrumentation makes sure no energy is lost on the track.

Count’s 77 pick up the energy level of the music with the track “Do You Feel Me”. While the first two track on their latest release of Soul Transfusion fall into Rock and Roll, “Do You Feel Me” is straight-out Heavy Metal. With a style that incorporates the older Heavy Metal sound from the seventies that bands like Deep Purple and Steppenwolf helped to influence, “Do You Feel Me” is more about the energy of the music and not the speed that some Heavy Metal contains. The energetic delivery of the music creates a track that would be perfect for inclusion on a mixtape for use on highway cruising alongside songs like Golden Earring’s “Radar Love” or Steppenwolf’s “Born to be Wild”. “Do You Feel Me” from Count’s 77 feels like a classic track right from the very first note.

One standout track from Count’s 77’s new album of Soul Transfusion is the title track of the release. The song “Soul Transfusion” finds the six members of the band creating a song that incorporates a slightly more modern feel to the Hard Rock they create than the previous tracks. The song once again features a very driving feel to the pace of the music while the music itself contains stylistic elements that bring the song into a Modern Rock format more than a Classic Rock format. That modern approach proves that while the members of Count’s 77 have plenty of older influences to draw from, newer ones are also there to help keep the band’s music fresh. “Soul Transfusion” is one of the strongest tracks on the release and it is one song that will easily grab the attention of the listener.

The feel of the Soul Transfusion release from Count’s 77 changes drastically on the song “Evil You Could Do”; while the majority of the album contains a hot and blistering quality to the Hard Rock/Heavy Metal that the band produces, the song “Evil You Could Do” finds the band incorporating a large dose of the Blues into the Blues-Rock track. The track seems just a little bit reminiscent of something from Carlos Santana. Having listened to several tracks where the band delivered a strong Rock and Roll approach where the music comes at you with unrelenting energy the Blues-Rock on “Evil You Could Do” seems to come out of nowhere. At the same time, the extreme change of musical direction helps to show off the talent and versatility of each of the members of the band.

With singer Danny Koker and the rest of Count’s 77 being based in Las Vegas, it should come as no surprise that the band would end up producing a song that is influenced by that city. “Sin City Boogie Man” is a track that brings back the full throttle energy of the band’s musical approach. With the subject matter being as dark as it is, the song could be classified as “Horror Rock”. The track features plenty of energy that comes from a multi-guitar “axe attack” that adds to the driving nature of the song. “Sin City Boogie Man” ends up being one of the more entertaining tracks on the Soul Transfusion release.

Through the album’s eleven tracks, Soul Transfusion from Count’s 77 makes good use of musical influences that are both modern and a little bit older. The album contains plenty of songs that will end up satisfying and Rock and Roll lover’s need for Good Ole Rock and Roll.

To check out the music of Count’s 77, click HERE for the video to the band’s song of “Summer of 77”

For more information, check out the band’s record label, Shrapnel Records.

To check out Soul Transfusion from Count’s 77, click on the album cover below:

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Also, check out Danny Koker and the rest of his crew at Koker’s custom motor shop called Count’s Kustoms AND the television show they are part of, “Counting Cars” which can be found on the HISTORY channel.

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CD Review: Sometimes Julie “Bright Side of the Line”

Sometimes Julie is a band that makes its home in the SoCal area. The band features songwriters Monica Sorenson and Rick Walker (guitar) who came together to bring Walker’s compositions to life. Later, the duo would expand their musical outfit with the help of George Nelms (drums), Bruce Paul Allen (bass) and Alberto Moreno (lead guitar). The members of the combine their various musical influences together to form a sound that features a very strong Classic Rock style. That style seems to put the band somewhere in the same time period as bands like Jefferson Airplane, Janis Joplin and other bands from around the late 60s, early 70s era. At times, Sometimes Julie sounds timeless, and at other times, a little dated. But the band still creates original music that has plenty of accessibility that it can easily find a willing audience.

Bright Side of the Line, the new EP from Sometimes Julie begins with the track “Emily”. The style of the music gives the band a very strong Classic Rock style. The band brings elements like saxophone, flute and organ into the music. Because of that, the musical combination brings to mind the sound and style of a band like Jefferson Airplane, with a little more jazz to the sound. While not really a modern-day feel, the track would have easily fit alongside Jefferson Airplane and the other acts that played the Woodstock festival.

The new release from Sometimes Julie continues with the EP’s title track. “Bright Side of the Line” features a strong Rock and Roll feel and features a strong groove in the music. The track’s music, refrain and vocal delivery from Monica Sorenson create a track that brings to mind something from the band Heart. It ends up being a little more commercially acceptable for today’s Classic Rock music than the previous track which sounds a little more retro.

The first two tracks on Bright Side of the Line feature a strong Rock and Roll approach. However, the next track of “Sanctuary” finds the band easing off the energy level just a little. An acoustic guitar leads the instruments on the track for the first minute or so. After that first minute, the electric guitars come in to help lead the song into a stronger Rock and Roll direction. “Sanctuary” becomes a Solid Rock love song. The track shows off both the power of Monica Sorenson’s voice. The electric guitar adds a lot of energy to the music in the song.

With the track of “Standing on My Own,” the band adds a little Blues influence to their music. The Blues/Rock track combines the two different musical genres as the guitars add plenty of Rock and Roll influence while the organ brings plenty of Blues influence to the track. The vocals from Monica Sorenson brings everything together. Her vocals have plenty of energy and plenty of sadness at the same time as she sings about trying to survive.

Sometimes Julie continues to follow the Blues/Rock direction on the track “Another World”. This time, the band focuses more on the Rock side of the combination. However, they still add some of the Blues influence to the song. As a result, the track brings the listener back to the late eighties when the Power Rock genre was burning up the airwaves. “Another World” is a track that easily could have gotten a lot of airplay at the right time. The lead guitar on the track from Alberto Moreno is one of the strongest moments on the entire Bright Side of the Line release.

The newest release from Sometimes Julie comes to a close with the track “When the Sun Ain’t Shining”. The final track on the EP keeps the band in an eighties state of mind. The song would have easily been included onto radio formats from that era. “When the Sun Ain’t Shining” is a fun, rockin’ way to bring Bright Side of the Line from Sometimes Julie to a close.

Although only six tracks long, the Bright Side of the Line EP from Sometimes Julie is strong from the first track to the last. Because of that, there is no down time as the group makes good use of their various musical influences. This is what real Rock and Roll should sound like.

To hear the music of Sometimes Julie, check out the band’s song “Bright Side of the Line“.  

For more information, check out the band’s PR firm, RMG Artist Development.

To purchase a copy of the newest release from Sometimes Julie, click on the album cover below:

Bright Side of the Line

 

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CD Review: The Armory “Rediscover”

Many of today’s rock bands that are out there selling out music venues are filling up those venues and radio airwaves with a pop-inspired style of rock and roll. This pop-based rock is mainly to ensure music sales. Along the way, that pop-based sound replaced the real rock and roll that was being created only fifteen years ago; but every once in a while, you will find a band that still brings the energy that many seem to have lost. One such band that still has that strong rock edge to their music is The Armory.

The Georgia-based band of The Armory is a five-piece musical outfit that is made up of vocalist/guitarist Sean Wheeler, vocalist/bassist Marc Harris, guitarist John Patton, guitarist Ricky Free and drummer Ben Harris. Together, these five musicians are currently creating music that blends together both modern-day rock and roll and rock and roll that contains more of a “pop” feel to it. That interesting mix of the two styles will help keep the radio listeners happy while also giving the fans of more aggressive rock and roll music something to enjoy. That musical mix can be found on the band’s 2014 album entitled Rediscover.