Georgia is one of the biggest hotbeds of music in the country. For years, some of the biggest names in the business have come from Georgia. Among some of the biggest bands to come from Georgia are: Collective Soul, R.E.M. The B-52’s, and Sevendust, just to name a handful. Now, another Georgia based band is looking to add its name to the ranks of some of the state’s biggest bands. That band is Summerville, Georgia’s HEARTCAKEPARTY. This post-hardcore band recently released new album, “Mock Heroic” via Indianola Records. This is a record for all the fans of bands the likes of All That Remains, Dillinger Escape Plan, Killswitch Engage, and As I Lay Dying.
The album opens with pummeling, “K.O.T.W.O.F.F.L.” Front man Casey Smith unleashes his vocal fury with precision while his band mates—Shelby Short (bass), Blake Sprayberry (guitar), Jeremy Muse (guitar), and Chris Blankenship (drums)—provide the equally pounding backing that will have any listener moving. ‘Fun is just F’n Without You’ sees the band lighten up somewhat, offering a more melodic sound with Smith opting to sing instead of his guttural screams. The band wastes no time after this getting back to its musical brutality when it launches into ‘The Opposition.’
“Mock Heroic” continues in much the same fashion through the remainder of the album, with tracks such as ‘Sings of a Sinking Ship’ and ‘Your Friend’s a Killer’ serving as standout tracks. Perhaps the most standout track on the entire album is the band’s cover of Cee Lo Green’s ‘Forget You’ (to clean it up). Whoever would have thought a hard rock/metal cover of a hip-hop /R&B song would work. But somehow it does work. And it makes for one more of the album’s high marks.
HEARTCAKEPARTY will be performing live tomorrow at The Seven Venue with Scream Out Loud in Douglasville, Georgia. To get any more tour dates and news from HEARTCAKEPARTY, fans can go online to http://www.facebook.com/HEARTCAKEPARTY, http://www.myspace.com/HEARTCAKEPARTY, and http://twitter.com/TheRealHCP.
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