Author: James McQuiston

Posted on: June 26, 2007 Posted by: James McQuiston Comments: 0

Strength Behind Tears – Bridges Between Us

Strength Behind Tears – Bridges Between Us / 2007 Basement / 10 Tracks / http://www.myspace.com/sbt / Strength Behind Tears is a band that I have never heard before conducting this review, but apparently they have went on a national tour and have played with acts like Scars of Tomorrow, Undying, If Hope Dies, and As Hope Dies. “November Tenth” is the opening track on the disc, and it shows Strength…

Posted on: June 26, 2007 Posted by: James McQuiston Comments: 1

LKN – Postulate II

LKN – Postulate II / 2007 Greyday / 13 Tracks / http://www.myspace.com/lkn / http://www.greydayproductions.com / About a year and a third ago, I reviewed the predecessor to “Postulate II”, which as some people could guess, was called “Postulate I”. I ultimately loved the album, and likened LKN’s sound to a Patti Smith or other similar artists. This is LKNs new album, and the disc starts out with the same instrumentally…

Posted on: June 26, 2007 Posted by: James McQuiston Comments: 0

ALO – Roses and Clover

ALO – Roses and Clover / 2007 Brushfire / 10 Tracks / http://www.brushfirerecords.com / This is the fourth album by ALO. I was not familiar with the act before reviewing this album. The disc starts off with “Maria”, and the song feels as if the Counting Crows and Rusted Root united with the seventies pop stars. This is to say, there is a high amount of focus on the instrumentation…

Posted on: June 25, 2007 Posted by: James McQuiston Comments: 0

My American Heart – Hiding Inside The Horrible Weather

My American Heart – Hiding Inside The Horrible Weather / 2007 Warcon / 11 Tracks / http://www.myamericanheartrock.com / http://www.warconent.com / My American Heart I’ve heard of before, but I’ve never had the chance to hear until now. “Hiding Inside The Horrible Weather” shows that the band is definitely capable enough to craft a rock sound that has more than its’ fair share of emo influence to it. The tracks on…

Posted on: June 25, 2007 Posted by: James McQuiston Comments: 0

Under The Volcano #89

Under The Volcano #89 / $3.95 / 1:30 / 60M / http://www.underthevolcano.net /   Under The Volcano has been around for a number of years. The collection of bands featured in this issue show why they have been able to succeed where so many zines have failed in the last decade. This time, pieces featuring Jello Biafra, Cipher, The Melvins, and Ramallah are all present. There are a lot in…

Posted on: June 25, 2007 Posted by: James McQuiston Comments: 0

Slug #221

Slug #221 / Free / 1:15 / 64M / http://www.slugmag.com / Salt Lake City is starting to get warm. And, with the weather changing, the sports coverage of Slug changes as well. Gone are all the features about snowboarding, present are a number of pieces about up and coming skateboarders. However, what really gets me with each issue of Slug is their major focus on bands around the scene. I…

Posted on: June 24, 2007 Posted by: James McQuiston Comments: 0

Monstrance – S/T

Monstrance – S/T / 2007 Ape / 12 Tracks / http://www.apehouse.prevuz.com / Reviewed 24 June 2007 Two former members of XTC are in this act. Obviously, the band is linked to Andy Partridge, but former XTC keyboardist Barry Andrews is an integral part of this act. Andrews was in the band Shriekback with the third member of Monstrance, Martyn Baker. This is a two-CD set, and shows the love for…

Posted on: June 24, 2007 Posted by: James McQuiston Comments: 0

Steve Lieberman – Melancholia Falling

Steve Lieberman – Melancholia Falling / 2007 Self / 21 Tracks / http://www.gangstarabbi.com / Reviewed 23 June 2007 Steve Lieberman is pretty much the one constant that I have had in the last three or so years of reviewing. There is not a six or eight month stretch of time where I do not receive a Lieberman CD. One has to give eir kudos for sticking around after so many…

Posted on: June 24, 2007 Posted by: James McQuiston Comments: 0

Martians See Red – When All Seems Lost

Martians See Red – When All Seems Lost / 2007 Self / 6 Tracks / http://www.myspace.com/martiansseered / Reviewed 24 June 2007 “Watercolor” is the first track on “When All Seems Lost”, and it blends together a number of disparate influences. This song links together The Beatles, Blink 182, Husker Du, The Replacements, and early Foo Fighters to make a radio-friendly rock track with teeth. For an introduction to the band,…

Posted on: June 24, 2007 Posted by: James McQuiston Comments: 0

Jessica Penrose – Words Become Flesh

Jessica Penrose – Words Become Flesh / 2007 Self / 9 Tracks / http://www.jessicapenrose.com / Reviewed 24 June 2007 This sophomore release by Jessica Penrose starts off with police sirens, moving into a strong piano line shortly after. The piano line bolsters the vocals on the track, which are reminiscent of a Tori Amos of an Alanis Morrisette. Unlike these two artists, however, Penrose adds a little bit of electronic…