Category: Music Reviews

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…

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

Go Motion – Kill The Love

Go Motion – Kill The Love / 2006 Self / 11 Tracks / http://www.gomotiongo.com / Reviewed 22 June 2007 A number of acts are doing the dance-punk thing, so it will be interesting to see how Go Motion does on their debut album, “Kill The Love”. The band does not sound too terribly different from what has been on the market in the last five years with their opening track…

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

Damien Dempsey – To Hell Or Barbados

Damien Dempsey – To Hell Or Barbados / 2007 Clear / 10 Tracks / http://www.damiendempsey.com / http://www.ufomusic.com / Reviewed 23 June 2007 The style of music that Dempsey plays on “To Hell Or Barbados” is an eclectic one. So eclectic, in fact, that it is hard to sit down and actually listen to the disc for any length of time. Sure, individuals will be able to built themselves up to…

Posted on: June 23, 2007 Posted by: James McQuiston Comments: 0

Duke and the Drivers – Harder Than Before

Duke and the Drivers – Harder Than Before / 2006 Groove International / 12 Tracks / http://www.dukeandthedrivers.com / Reviewed 22 June 2007 There are a lot of Boston bands that played in the seventies that have came back to prominence in the current era. Duke and the Drivers is one of those bands; The Destroyed is another. Even though the vocals on “Harder Than Before”, the opening track, are scratchy…

Posted on: June 23, 2007 Posted by: James McQuiston Comments: 0

At Dusk – You Can Know Danger

At Dusk – You Can Know Danger / 2006 Popping Open Music / 10 Tracks / http://www.atduskmusic.com / Reviewed 22 June 2007 This is the third album released by “You Can Know Danger”; “In The Background” starts off this effort, and shows that the band has had time to smooth out their sound. What is immediately noticeable with At Dusk on this album is the diversity of sounds that come…

Posted on: June 23, 2007 Posted by: James McQuiston Comments: 0

Jana Hunter – There’s No Home

Jana Hunter – There’s No Home / 2007 Gnomonsong / 15 Tracks / http://www.janahunter.tk / http://www.gnomonsong.com / Reviewed 22 June 2007 “Blank Unstaring Heirs of Doom” was the last Jana Hunter CD that I had the chance to review, and while it feels like only yesterday I review it, it is in reality over a year and a half since I heard something from Hunter eirself. “Babies” is a track…

Posted on: June 22, 2007 Posted by: James McQuiston Comments: 0

The Lift – It Is What It Is

The Lift – It Is What It Is / 2007 Little Red / 10 Tracks / http://www.theliftstation.com / http://www.myspace.com/thelift / Reviewed 21 June 2007 The Lift do not start off their “It Is What It Is” with the most interesting of starts. The band themselves are catchy on their own, but there seems to be too much of a U2 influence early. This hinders the band from crafting their own…

Posted on: June 22, 2007 Posted by: James McQuiston Comments: 0

Trail of Dead – So Divided

Trail of Dead – So Divided / 2006 Interscope / 11 Tracks / http://www.trailofdead.com / http://www.interscope.com / Reviewed 21 June 2007 I still remember reviewing Trail of Dead a number of years ago for the campus radio station. They were a pretty impressive band back then, and I’m glad I have the chance to see how they have grown since then. The first actual track on “So Divided” is “Stand…

Posted on: June 22, 2007 Posted by: James McQuiston Comments: 0

Secrets of the Moon – Antithesis

Secrets of the Moon – Antithesis / 2007 Self / 9 Tracks / http://www.secretsofthemoon.org / antithesis.sotm.de / Reviewed 21 June 2007 Secrets of the Moon start out their “Antithesis” with a well thought-out entry in “Nowhere 11.18”. The track gradually grows in speed and uses repetition to get into listeners’ heads. The band is able to tie together different elements and create something compelling without having to resort to vocals.…