Billy Brush â€“ Love Sublime / 2007 Self / http://www.myspace.com/billybrush /
Billy Brush last released an album in 2005; despite the break, the act has not lost a single step. Tracks like â€œMy Couchâ€ show Billy Brush and the rest of the band as a culmination of mid-nineties alternative with an earlier emo sound and more than a passing hint of Ben Folds and They Might Be Giants. The style of a â€œMy Couchâ€ is enough to draw listeners by the barrelful; it provides listeners with a sound that has referents in the popular music of the era but ultimately provides something new for individuals to pick up on. This blend of styles is a rare thing to hear in todayâ€™s music. It is the talent and virtuosity exhibited by Billy Brush on â€œLove Sublimeâ€ that demarcates them from all the other bands trying to earn a paycheck. Continue reading “Billy Brush â€“ Love Sublime”
Larry Bagby – On the Radio / 2007 Self / 6 Tracks / http://www.larrybagby.com /
â€œIâ€™m Alright Tonightâ€ plays at two different styles; there is a classic, almost 19th-century country sound to the opening guitar riffs to the track, but the vocals and piano seem to paint a much more contemporary sound. Larry Bagby provides these vocals, which are smoothed-out, lending individuals the ability to find something similar to a Willie Nelson or Garth Brooks in contemporary music. The storytelling ability of Bagby on â€œOn the Radioâ€ is without comparison; one can literally hear bits and pieces of the best singer-songwriters, whether it be Warren Zevon or even Randy Newman. The instrumentation does not stray far from where it began during â€œIâ€™m Alright Tonightâ€, but it goes forth and lifts up Bagbyâ€™s vocals at all the right times. Continue reading “Larry Bagby – On the Radio”
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LOS ANGELES, CA â€“Acclaimed metallic rock act ATREYU have announced plans for a headlining tour in support of their upcoming Hollywood Records debut, Lead Sails Paper Anchor. The much-buzzed-about album arrives in stores on August 28th and the tour begins September 9th at the Big Easy in Boise, ID, with openers Haste The Day, It Dies Today plus a special guest to be announced. Continue reading “Atreyu Announces Tour Dates”
Partly Cloudy – Arm Your Weapons / 2007 Self / 5 Tracks / http://www.partlycloudyrocks.com /
Partly Cloudy has been around for quite a few years. The act was founded by Dave Harms in 1995 and released an album, â€œState of Mindâ€ on Long Island Recording. This 5 song EP marks their latest foray into punk music. The discâ€™s opening track is â€œHelplessâ€, and it shows the band as a mix of acts, with influences as diverse as AFI, JFT, and even earlier Green Day. The band seems to have a little bit of a classical metal sound with â€œâ€¦But to Me Itâ€™s Everythingâ€, but what should get individuals most excited about the band would have to be their use of a very dark and brooding instrumental section that presents itself between the stanzas. Continue reading “Partly Cloudy – Arm Your Weapons”
Art Brut is “Very very cool…the most entertaining [band]…they’re great” – Daniel Radcliffe on Art Brut, to Conan O’Brien
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Spin Magazine â€œComplicated shows a real grasp of musical history.â€ [Jul 2007, p.99] Continue reading “Art Brut Announce Mini September Tour, Including 3 US Festivals”
Diego Sandrin â€“ A Fine Day Between Addictions / 2007 Self / 13 Tracks / http://www.diegosandrin.com /
For those individuals that have to have pretty much any punk recording, the name Diego Sandrin will be familiar. She was the mastermind behind the Italian punk group Ice and the Iced. Other individuals may know Sandrin for the fact that Lisa Marie Presley included a song that she wrote with Sandrin on her album â€œTo Whom It May Concernâ€. There seems to be a pretty good buzz behind this album already, as the Sony Vaio line has chosen one of the tracks from â€œA Fine Day Between Addictionsâ€ â€“ â€œSammyâ€™s Farmâ€ â€“ to be loaded on their computers. Continue reading “Diego Sandrin â€“ A Fine Day Between Addictions”
Las Vegas-based hard rock/screamo outfit Escape The Fate will embark on their Hot Topic Presents Black on Black headlining tour in September to support their debut album, Dying Is Your Latest Fashion. The tour will kick off September 1st in the groupâ€™s hometown of Las Vegas. The band is currently wrapping up an incendiary stint on this yearâ€™s Vanâ€™s Warped tour. Continue reading “Epitaph’s Escape The Fate Announce Fall Tour”
Demetra â€“ S/T / 2007 Self / 11 Tracks / http://www.demetramusic.com /
â€œBeam Me Up Scottyâ€ is the first track on this, Demetraâ€™s self-titled released. While there are sci-fi beeps and bloops that seem to bring the band into a dance-punk type of style, the female vocals that are present during the track recall acts like Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, The Donnas, and Battershell. The style of rock music that Demetra play on this album is very hooky, catchy, and will have no problem finding fans. â€œGirlfightâ€ starts out with a very Bay City Rollers meets Toni Basil sort of cheerleader chant, before going into the slightly harder Ramones-type of instrumentation that first presented itself during â€œBeam Me Up Scottyâ€. It is during this â€œGirlfightâ€ that the vocals start to shift towards a stylistic unity with late-nineties rockers Switchblade Kittens. Continue reading “Demetra â€“ S/T”
Scott Marrow â€“ For All The Time You Spend Losingâ€¦You Better Enjoy Your Failures / 2007 Whiteroom / 9 Tracks / http://www.myspace.com/scottmarrow / http://www.whiteroomrecords.com /
Man, I was completely expecting something else from Scott Marrow. I really thought that what would result with â€œFor All The Time You Spend Losingâ€ would be yet another boring singer-songwriter with an acoustic guitar. However, Marrow impresses with eir blend of Two Gallants, The White Stripes, Lucero, and Latterman during â€œDidnâ€™t Mean To Say I Told You Soâ€. The production may be a little bit on the rough side, but Marrow is able to shine even through the fuzz and haze that is present. What is the strongest suit to Marrow on these opening tracks has to be the spontaneity that ey brings to the disc. Continue reading “Scott Marrow â€“ For All The Time You Spend Losingâ€¦You Better Enjoy Your Failures”