Thursday, June 5, 2014
Where the hell was I that missed this band. Perhaps they just fizzled out before the dam broke.Another Philly band that was swept under the rug. Energetic synths with well written melodic hooks makes this band stand out.
From Left to Right: Jeff Severson (Vocals, Guitars, Keyboard), George Pittaway (Vocals, Guitar),
Tom Ballew (Vocals, Drums), Cal Everett (Lead vocals, Bass)
Don't let the cartoon ponies scare you away.
Here is Modern Man from 4 out of 5 Doctors
and it's amazing.
4 out of 5 Doctors - Breaking Rocks
1979 had a lot of music that there was no way to hear it all. This band, had I know about them, a DEFINITE YES VERDICT. One of the best bands I missed in the many years of music. Easily 5 out of 5.
Monday, June 2, 2014
A decent band from Philly is The A's. Never heard of these guys until now. There are some decent songs and catchy hooks in The A's. The singer Richard Bush just misses the mark vocally for me. He is pure energy on the stage and a decent frontman. He gives off a Richard Hazzard/Elvis Costello/Eddie Money/Bruce Springsteen presence but slowly wears on ya after a while. The hot spot for this band, Rick DiFonzo's brilliant and vibrant guitar work. The guy is truly amazing.
From Left to Right: Rick DiFonzo (guitar), Mickey Snyder (drums),
Terry Bortman (bass), Rocco Notte (keyboard), Richard Bush (vocals)
They are another band that the studio can capture and if you want to see them shine you should view the
Their proclaimed single, 'A Woman's Got Power',
I thought it was junk compared songs like 'After Last Night'.
WOULD I HAVE LISTENED TO THIS IF I KNEW ABOUT IT?
My verdict is a YES. Now they probably would have found their way towards the bottom of the stack, but I would have played them on a rare occasion for a bit of obscure music.3 out of 5.
Didn't expect too much and was still let down. Let me start by saying, I am not into the "artsy fartsy only hip people get me" shit. That's a cop out for crap. The over zealous twangy and jangly guitars were nothing but torture, then you add the over the top wanna be Talking Head vocals and boom..I'm out...
From left to right:
Anton Fier, Bill Million, Glenn Mercer, Keith Clayton
WOULD I HAVE LISTENED TO THIS IF I KNEW ABOUT IT?My Verdict is a NO. Not even if you paid me.Before anyone send me hate or threat mail. This is my opinion. I don't like Television, I don't like The Pixies, I don't like Social Distortion. 0 out of 5.
Sunday, June 1, 2014
There are so many bands that have some incredible and explosive music only to be driven into the ground by second rate and awful vocals. This guy falls into this category. Maybe I am wrong on this but, I have seen the type before, my band, my way. Sometimes a person doesn't take that step back and criticize themselves.
Easily could have risen into the radio charts with some decent vocals is a song called "Landscapes.
What comes off as cartoonish helium vocals renders this "could have been" to a "no thanks. I know he is still going and he has a decent amount of followers, but his catchy hooks are stil overshadowed by subpar vocals.
Would I have listened to this if I knew about it?
I might have dived in a little deeper if I was able to provide links, but no can do. My Verdict is a No. Too bad, some of the best music I have heard just ruined by poor poor vocals. Musically a 4, maybe a 4.5. vocally a 1...The vocals just KILL this decision, overall a 1.5
Robin Lane and The Chartbusters
I had great expectations with this female fronted band from the past. I think I expected too much. Vocally. I think she tries too hard to sing and forgets what she is singing about.
From Left To Right: Asa Brebner (guitar), Robin Lane (vocals),
Leroy Radcliffe (guitar), Scott Baerenwald (bass), Tim Jackson (drums)
Listening to "When Things Go Wrong", Robin's vocals sound like a second rate Ann Wilson meets Rindy Ross from Quarterflash. While the song it self isn't half bad, it misses a hook to draw you in.
When Things Go Wrong
There's no hiding the fact that Robin can sing, but it is hiding behind mediocre written songs and lifeless rhythm guitars. The guitar solos at times are quite nice and rise above the songs themselves.
I did find one song in particular that I will add to my library of songs, and that song is "Without You".
The production value is quite a difference compared to the other songs I have heard. The added effects cover the flaws in Robin's vocals and these guitars are busy and vibrant. The drums and bass also stand out and are top notch. I was expecting another break away guitar solo in the break and got...nothing. Easily my favorite song and captures some of the live energy and magic on stage. This band is better heard live, as the recorded studio version miss their mark.
Would I have listened to this if I knew about it?
All in all I was a bit let down and perhaps expected way too much from the hype perceiving this band. My verdict is a No. The reasoning is that the music at that time was so plentiful and amazing that I would have eventually moved them to the bottom of the pile of my regularly rotated ventures. 2.5 out of 5.