Fledgling pop rock band aliensdontringdoorbells (yes, that is really the band’s name) is hoping its debut album, scheduled for release Friday, will be a big “arrival.” Yes, that awful pun was intended. The 10-song record Arrival is a presentation that will appeal to a wide range of listeners with its musical and lyrical content. From pop rock to the blues to even a tinge of prog, the 35-minute record has something for a wide ranging audience. In other words, it is a record that is well-deserving of hearing at least once if not more. That is proven in part through the ‘Daddy Blues,’ which comes just past the record’s midway point. It will be addressed shortly. ‘Slipping Away’ is another key moment in this recording, as it continues to show the diversity in the album’s musical works while also presenting unique lyrical content. It will be addressed a little later. Much the same can be said of ‘Missing Pieces’ that has been said of the other songs noted here. When all three songs are considered along with the rest of the album’s works, the whole of the album becomes a unique way for aliensdontringdoorbells to make first contact with audiences.
aliensontringdoorbells’ debut album Arrival is an interesting presentation from the up-and-coming independent pop rock band. That is proven through its musical and lyrical content alike, which largely takes audiences back to the late 80s and early 90s. Of course while the noted sounds make up most of the album’s musical arrangements, they are not the album’s only featured sounds. The band – Dorian Foyil (guitar, vocals), Adam King (vocals), and Christian Pearl (keyboards, vocals) – also offers up some blues in this record, too, in the form of ‘Daddy Blues.’ The musical arrangement at the center of this work is a Chicago blues style composition. King’s gritty vocals and the time keeping and bass work of Kevin Dean and Earl Forbes respectively make the song even richer. The most interesting aspect of the track’s musical portion is the addition of a rapper to the mix. One would not think on the surface, that rapping and blues would go together, but they do here, and in a good way, too. The balance of the completely separate genres makes for an interesting presentation that is certain to entertain and engage listeners in its own right. The song’s musical aspect joins with its familiar blue lyrical theme to make for even more interest.
Some of the lyrics here are indecipherable sans lyrics sheets thanks to King’s vocal delivery style. However, just enough is understandable that it is clear the song is about a man who is singing about a woman. There are mentions of the subject holding the woman and lamenting his situation with the girl at the same time. In connection the woman (not having liner notes to reference, it is not known who the female vocalist is) notes that she is essentially a gold digger. The man knows it and even pleads with her to come back, even though he knows “I can’t satisfy your greed” in the song’s final line. What is really interesting here is that in most blues songs, the woman does not respond to the man, but she has here. It makes one feel that much more for the man. Even more of interest is, again, the juxtaposition of the blues singing to the rapping from the woman. The combination of those aspects makes for even more interest. When all of this is considered along with the song’s musical content in whole, the overall presentation proves itself a key moment in the album’s run. It is just one of the ways in which the album shoes its strength, too. ‘Slipping Away’ does its own share to show why this record deserves a chance.
‘Slipping Away’ offers audiences another somewhat unique musical presentation. The very opening chromatic riff is a direct lifting of Rush’s hit song ‘Free Will.’ It is just that set of notes, but the comparison is undeniable. The rest of the song is still Rush-esque in its arrangement. There are also other classic rock influences coupled with that influence. The whole of the arrangement makes me a catchy work composition that takes listeners back to the late 80s and early 90s. When the catchy arrangement joins with the song’s lyrical content, which finds the song’s subject asking, “How will you keep your girl from slipping away?/How will you…make it all okay?/How will you change my mind/With the words you say?” The response to the question comes throughout the course of the song’s almost three-and-a-half minute run time. The majority of the response is difficult to understand without a lyrics sheet to reference, but just enough can be understood, allowing in turn, a person to understand that the response is in fact being delivered. The whole comes across as two people (likely men) having a conversation about one of the pair perhaps not doing enough for his woman. It makes for an interesting take on the all-too-familiar topic of relationships. The energy in the song’s arrangement and the stylistic approach helps to paint the picture even better, and in turn create even more enjoyment and engagement for audiences. When it is considered along with ‘Daddy Blues,’ the two songs, which are so distinctly unlike one another stylistically but so alike in their lyrical topics, make for even more appeal for the album. They are not the record’s only positive points. ‘Missing Pieces’ shows in its own way, what makes the album worth hearing.
‘Missing Pieces’ has a sort of late 70s/early-mid 80s r&b/jazz sound at the base of its arrangement. That is exhibited through the song’s piano, drums, guitar and bass. The simple chords in the piano line and the subtlety of the guitar, bass and drums make for a smooth, catchy work that will certainly keep listeners engaged and entertained. The song’s lyrical theme, which seems to also follow the time honored topic of relationships will keep listeners just as entertained.
The noted topic is inferred right from the song’s lead verse, which states, “Look into my eyes/You might like what you see/the pressure is rising/You can take it from me/but things are not what they seem/Let’s work together/And we’ll start to gel/’Cause things ain’t so easy/When you’re living in hell/But things are not what they seem/You and I have nothing together/But without you/Somehow…You and I could live forever…” Again, there is some difficulty understanding some of the lyrics without a lyrics sheet to reference. However, enough is understandable here to infer that what is happening here is one person is saying to another that while things are good between the couple, they are not perfect. At the same time, the person is saying there is a chance for things to get better. This is fully relatable to audiences, as every couple has had that needed talk about where a relationship stands. What is so interesting is that the band, again, did not take the standard “oh woe is me” approach here or even in the song’s musical arrangement. It makes the song that much more interesting and appealing for audiences. The song continues in similar fashion in its second verse, “Did you see it through my eyes/Is that what you do/It’s time to look back now/And see it through/But things are not what they seem/We’re breaking the doors down/And walking straight through/’Cause life should be easy…But things are not what they seem…” The chorus repeats here, and again that refrain and the verse together continue to paint the picture of a couple having that familiar discussion on the direction of their relationship. Alongside the noted lead verse, and the positive vibe established through the song’s musical arrangement, the whole becomes a work that is completely appealing in its own right. When it is considered along with the other songs noted here and the rest of the album’s works, the whole of the album becomes a presentation that is a positive “arrival” for aliensdontringdoorbells.
Arrival, the debut album from aliensdontringdoorbells is a presentation that rock fans in general will find a good way to make “first contact” with the band. That is thanks to its musical and lyrical content alike. All three of the songs examined here support the noted statement. When they are considered along with the rest of the works, they make the album in whole a debut that shows promise for the independent outfit. More information on the band’s new album is available along with all of its latest news at:
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