On Falling To Earth, the initial track off of Satellite Gods’ new album Marker 7-58, the band is able to craft a hooky sort of alternative rock that elicits comparisons to performers including Fuel, New Radicals and Harvey Danger. Brendan’s lead vocals shine during Saturday Night in Riga, a track that has Satellite Gods shift their style for a richer, emotive, story-driven sound; bits of Dave Matthews and Billy Joel can be discerned here. 1 Through 8 is one of our favorite tracks on Marker 7-58; Satellite Gods are able to make an easy-going rock track that refreshes the sound of Tom Petty and Dire Straits. The dynamic between the vocals and the guitar/drums here makes for a track that will bounce around listeners’ heads long after the effort (and the single) stops playing. The sizzling guitar line that hits fans’ ears at the 3:15 mark is a sight to behold, giving the final minute of 1 Through 8 a considerable momentum boost.
On My Way is a touching, delicate track that is fleshed out through the presence of a ropy, emotive bass line and a gritty set of vocals acting as a counterpoint. Including a hint of keys into the mix here is inspired, giving the Satellite Gods another tool in their arsenal. Hold Your Ground is a similarly spirited presence on Marker 7-58; Satellite Gods are able to link together the country-infused rock of “Blaze of Glory”-era Bon Jovi with the psych-inspired sounds of Jane’s Addiction. Walk concludes Marker 7-58, a piano-led track that comes forth with the same passion of Warren Zevon’s “Mohammed’s Radio”; anyone that’s fallen out of love with someone will be able to understand what Brendan emotes here.
Marker 7-58 is able to shine due to a lush instrumentation and continual desire by Brendan to innovate with each and every track on the album.
Top Tracks: Falling To Earth, Saturday Night in Riga
Satellite Gods – Marker 7-58 / 2017 Self Released / 13 Tracks / http://www.brendanj.com/ / https://www.facebook.com/Satgods-1466115967016658/?ref=bookmarks