Stone Broken’s Sophomore Album Proves It Was Truly Worth Making

Courtesy: Spinefarm Records

Nothing worth doing in life is ever easy.  We’ve all spoken or heard this old adage at one point or another in life.  Nothing worth doing is easy because the reward of the hard work put in toward the goal makes that work that bearable.  Ain’t Always Easy, the sophomore album from rock outfit Stone Broken is an example of the value of the ends equaling the work put in towards those ends.  Released April 13 via independent record label Spinefarm Records, this first effort for the label from the British band is an 11-song outing that will appeal easily to fans of Theory of a Deadman and other similar acts.  Lyrically speaking, it will appeal to any rock fan thanks to the positive messages presented throughout its 40-minute run time.  Keeping this in mind, Stone Broken’s latest LP proves both musically and lyrically to be a record that is ready to *ahem* break Stone Broken into the mainstream rock realm.

Stone Broken’s sophomore album (and its first effort for Spinefarm Records), Ain’t Always Easy is a solid new effort from start to finish that proves this British rock band is ready to break out into the mainstream rock realm.  This is proven both musically and lyrically throughout the album’s run, starting with its opener, the up-tempo rocker ‘Worth Fighting For.’  In regards to its musical content, one would instantly think this was Theory of a Deadman if one didn’t know it was Stone Broken.  This is not only thanks to the song’s arrangement, but also thanks to front man Rich Moss’ vocal delivery.  He sounds just like TOAD front man Tyler Connolly.  The similarity in the two vocalists’ voices is incredible to say the very least.  Guitarist Chris Davis’ riffs and drummer Robyn Haycock’s solid time keeping keep the song moving forward, never letting the song get away from itself in the process.  Meanwhile, bassist Kieron Conroy’s low-end expertly compliments ‘Davis riffs, completely filling out the song’s arrangement, helping to make the arrangement wholly infectious and memorable.  Its musical arrangement is only one part of what makes it stand out.  The noted positive messages are not lost here, with Moss seemingly saying to listeners that despite all of the negatives in the world, one should note give up hope, but instead keep fighting and pushing on. This is inferred as he sings in the song’s lead verse, “Head down/Jury’s out/Got some things to think about/Not pointing fingers/But it’s easy to see/Messed up/Outta luck/This is gonna show you up/Communicating your infectious disease/Cut ties/Dirty lies/You’re the first to criticize/Because you’re full of it and everyone knows/Dead beat enemy/Everything you’re covering/Under the weight/the cracks are starting to show.”

He goes on to sing in the song’s second verse, “Big screen magazine/Show us what you’re offering/You’ll realize it’s all just part of the show/Rules bent/Money spent/Wonder where the budget went/That’s not the kind of thing they like to expose/Wake up/Take a look/Haven’t they all got enough/We can’t relate, ‘cause it’s the life that they chose/Red face/Open case/Disappeared without a trace/Why can’t you see that’s how democracy goes?”  All of this negativity is countered with Moss and company singing in the song’s chorus, “Stand up/Show them what we’re made of/That’s what we’re fighting for/Don’t wanna lose it all/Stand up/And lead a generation/That’s what we’re fighting for/We’re gonna give it all/Stand up/The world is worth fighting for.”  This message of hope and determination is not rare nowadays in music, but it is also not overly common, so it is nice to have a message of not giving up and persevering versus just yelling and screaming about things.  It is a message of action, but not violent action.  In other words, it is a message that is certain to inspire listeners of all ages.  When this is considered alongside the song’s musical arrangement, the end result is a song overall that is not just a strong start for Stone Broken’s new LP, but a strong example of what makes the album so strong overall.  It is just one of the songs that serves to show what makes the album so strong.  ‘I Believe’ is another piece that serves to exhibit the album’s strength.

‘I Believe,’ instantly lends itself to comparisons to the best works not only of Theory of a Deadman but also to the likes of Black Stone Cherry and other similar acts with its Southern rock-sound.  Once again, the teaming of Davis and Conroy creates a solid whole through their juxtaposition that, when joined with Haycock’s time keeping, proves to be just as infectious as any of the album’s other arrangements.  And again, Ross’ vocal delivery sounds so similar to that of Connolly that the similarity in the bands’ sounds is undeniable.  Davis’ solo in the song’s bridge adds to that easy comparison.  Between that catchy hook and the rest of the song’s arrangement, the whole of the song’s musical side does plenty to make the song stand out.  Of course the song’s musical side is just one part of what makes this song stand out.  Once again, its lyrical content goes a long way toward making it stand out, too.  Ross sings here, “Time’s gone/Movin’ on/I guess I’m on my way/Ride along/Singing songs/Just to hit that stage/Lights down/On the crowd/The voices in my head/Hoping some day that I can do it again/I’ve got a feeling you’re gonna get the best of me/You’ve gotta see it and start believing/Honestly, you can be anything you wanna be/I’ve got a feeling you’re gonna have the time of your life/Reachin’ out/I can see/I won’t waste a second ‘cause I want it all/Reachin’ out, I believe.”  That’s just the song’s second verse, but it still sends a clear message.  The song’s lead verse finds Ross singing about where he’s come from, from sitting in his room, playing on his guitar, dreaming about reaching that dream.  He uses that as the basis for his statement that if he could obtain his dream of rock stardom, then anyone can achieve their dreams, regardless of what they are.  He sings in that lead verse, “Head home/Music on/A million miles away/I sit down and played around/I practiced every day/Rewind, then do it all again/Hoping someday I’d be just like them.”  The chorus, as noted already, drives home that if he can do it, so can the listeners as he sings, “I’ve got a feeling you’re gonna get the best of me/You’ve gotta see it and start believing/Honestly, you can be anything you wanna be/I’ve got a feeling you’re gonna have the time of your life/Reaching out/I can see/I won’t waste a second ‘cause I want it all/Reaching out/I believe.”  This is such a welcome, positive message, and more proof of what makes this record such a strong new effort from Stone Broken.  It is definitely not the last song that could be cited, either.  ‘Home,’ the album’s lone ballad is one more song that can be cited in supporting said statement.

‘Home’ is not unfamiliar territory for mainstream radio, just as the already noted songs aren’t either.  This is standard fare about someone being out on the road, away from loved ones, with all of the emotional musical accompaniment to tug at listeners’ heart strings.  Musically, it is easily comparable to works from not only Theory of a Deadman, but Nickelback and Creed, too.  Ross sings here, “When the nights are getting long/I wanna hear you say/You’re not that far away/I wonder how you’re getting on/I see you every day/When I’m away/When I miss you/I know it’s true/Every time I try/It ain’t always easy/I’m gonna take this on my own/Every time you wanna go/It’s hard when you’re alone/I’m only dreaming/Going right where you wanna go/Got a feeling that you’ll know/It’s hard away from home.”  The song’s second verse is not much different, with Ross singing, “When you call me on the phone/You play our favorite song/Reminding me of home/When it’s hard to carry on/I wish that I was wrong/But the days go on and on/When I hear you/I can see through/Every single time/It aint’ always easy/I’m gonna take this on my own/every time you wanna go/It’s hard when you’re alone/Im only dreaming/Going right where you wanna go/Got a feeling that you know/It’s hard when you’re alone.”  Again, it doesn’t necessarily break any new ground musically or lyrically. But for mainstream radio, that’s a good thing.  It is another song that – much like so much of the album’s entries – is radio ready and will fit in so easily with Stone Broken’s more well-known contemporaries.  It most certainly still is not the last of the album’s entries that proves the album so solidly ready for the mainstream rock realm.  ‘Heartbeat Away,’ a hard rocker which addresses domestic abuse, is very similar to another song crafted some time ago by Nickelback.  ‘Otherside’ is another lyrically positive anthem that touts taking chances in life and living life to the fullest, rather than letting difficult times keep one down.  There is even commentary on addiction in ‘Let Me See It All’ and ‘Just A Memory.’  Between those songs and the pieces more directly noted here, the whole of Ain’t Always Easy proves to be a record whose work and effort was worth it.  It is a record that is instantly radio ready from start to end and is sure to enlighten and inspire listeners of all ages thanks to its lyrical themes.  Keeping this in mind, it is a record that proves Ain’t Always Easy was worth doing and will be worth hearing.

Up-and-coming rock band Stone Broken has proven with its sophomore album (and first for Spinefarm Records) that it is ready to break into the mainstream.  It has shown that while making its new album Ain’t Always Easy might not have been an easy road, the work was worth it, as the payoff shows.  It is available now in stores and online, and will be available at the band’s upcoming performance at the Rock Allegiance Festival on October 6 in Camden, Jew Jersey.  More information on Ain’t Always Easy is available online now along with all of Stone Broken’s latest news and more at:

 

 

 

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Corroded’s New LP Is Set To Put The Rock Community On “Alert”

Courtesy: Despotz Records

Late this past April, hard rock outfit Corroded released its latest album Defcon Zero.  The  band’s first new album in five years and its fourth full-length studio recording, it is a recording that could very possibly put the hard rock community in whole on alert.  That is because it presents a combination of music and lyrics throughout its 11-song, 50-minute run time that challenges even the best of the big names.  The record’s opener, ‘Carry Me My Bones’ clearly supports that statement.  ‘A Note To Me,’ which comes late in the record’s run, also supports that statement in its own way, too.  It will be discussed later.  ‘Fall of a Nation’ is yet another example of what makes Corroded’s latest effort a work that is anything but corroded itself.  Rather, it is another example of what makes the record a solid, strong new offering from one of hard rock’s best kept secrets.  It joins with the previously noted songs and the rest of the album’s offerings to make the record in whole an offering that is certain to put the hard rock community in whole on alert.

Defcon Zero is a strong and solid return for Corroded. That is especially considering the fact that it is the first record in five years from the Swedish hard rock outfit.  From start to finish, the band presents in this new offering a record that is certain to put the hard rock community in whole on alert.  That statement is supported in part in the album’s opener ‘Carry Me My Bones.’  The song’s musical arrangement instantly conjures thoughts of Dry Kill Logic’s best works.  That is evident as the song starts with a brooding, acoustic arrangement before gradually building into a full-on, guitar-driven assault.  What is really interesting is the heavy buildup to that assault conjures in itself, thoughts of some of Slayer’s best works.  The combination of front man Jens Westin’s vocal delivery and the song’s musical elements throughout the rest of the song maintain that previously noted comparison to Dry Kill Logic.  The whole of that arrangement is only one part of what makes this song stand as an example of Defcon Zero’s impressive nature.  The song’s lyrical content is just as important to discuss as the song’s musical arrangement in examining what makes it stand out.

The musical arrangement at the center of ‘Carry Me My Bones’ is in itself a key part of what makes this song stand out as an example of what makes Defcon Zero stand out. That is because it easily challenges hard rock’s top names from start to finish. Its lyrical content is just as important to discuss as its musical arrangement in examining its whole.  Westin said in an interview about the album’s lyrics “When it comes to the lyrics, I want everyone to make up their own opinion to what the songs are about.” He went on to compare interpreting the album’s lyrics to comparing a book to its cinematic counterpart.  Keeping that in mind, the lyrical content at the center of this song definitely proves to be interesting.  Westin sings here, “I’ve been awake/For days/On my way to hell/I’m not going to lay down and die before I get there…What you believe is more than you know/Carry me my tired bones/Far away/So far away from secrets/A million miles away/Carry me my tired bones.”  He goes on to sing in the song’s second verse, “I was stuck/In-between/No place and nowhere….” before he and his band mates—Tomas Andersson (guitar), Bjarne Elvsgard (bass) and Per Solang (drums)—reprise the song’s chorus time to finish off the song.  Noting again that Westin leaves the lyrics’ interpretation to listeners’ own thoughts, this critic’s take on the song’s lyrical content is that it comes across as an introspective rumination of someone working through a very difficult time.  That is inferred in the song’s lead verse.  The hell in question is clearly metaphorical.  The subject’s mind has been racing, but that subject is still determined not to give up in whatever difficult situation is presented.  As Westin’s subject sings “carry me my tired bones,” one can interpret that perhaps the song’s subject is saying he or she wants to get away from everything; all of the negatives surrounding him or her.  The song’s second verse continues to infer that same message in this critic’s own interpretation.  It would be interesting to learn the true message in the song’s lyrical content.  That aside, the combination of that seeming message couples quite well with the song’s musical arrangement to make for a song that is a powerful first impression for the band this time out.  It is just the start, too.  ‘A Note To Me,’ which comes late in the album’s run, is another solid addition to the album’s whole.

‘Carry Me My Bones’ is a strong first impression from Corroded on its latest new album.  That is due to the combination of its musical and lyrical content.  The two elements together make the song a clear example of what makes Defcon Zero stand out in whole.  It is just one of the songs that shows what makes the album stand out, too.  ‘A Note To Me’ is another example of what makes the record in whole stand out.  As with the album’s opener, that is due at least in part to its musical arrangement.  The musical arrangement here is a stark contrast to that of ‘Carry Me My Bones.’  It is a deeply emotional, guitar-driven composition that (and some audiences will call this musical heresy) conjures thoughts of Theory of a Deadman and Nickelback.  Yes, it seems damning.  But the reality is that when one compares this composition to that at the center of ‘Carry Me My Bones,’ it is actually a good thing that such a comparison can be made.  That is because it shows in its own right the reach of the band’s talent, sounds and influences.  Westin’s vocal delivery throughout even conjures thoughts of Nickelback front man Chad Kroeger through his delivery.  Again, some might see such a comparison as musical heresy of sorts.  The reality once more though, is that it shows the band’s ability to reach into any rock and hard rock sub-genre.  That is a compliment of the highest caliber to the band.  Of course the song’s musical arrangement is only part of what makes it stand out.  Its lyrical content is just as important to discuss as its musical arrangement.

The musical arrangement at the center of ‘A Note To Me’ is in itself a key component of its overall presentation.  When set against the composition at the center of ‘Carry Me My Bones,’ it shows even more why Defcon Zero stands out among this year’s field of new rock and hard rock records.  The song’s musical arrangement is only one part of what makes the song stand out.  Its lyrical content, which is just as brooding as its musical arrangement is just as important to discuss as that musical content.  Westin sings here in the song’s lead verse, “This bitter pill I got/It turns out to be hard to swallow/I’d make my head whole/But everything inside feels hollow/I am the haunting of the day that never came/Yeah, what a shame.”  He goes on to sing in the song’s second verse, “The truth hurts that I know/And now it’s out for everyone to see/I’m just a coward/Who hates everything about me/Everything I’ve done was a lie/It’s harder to cry.”  This comes across as someone who is confessing a major hidden truth to someone else.  As the song progresses through its chorus, it can be inferred that the someone in question is obviously someone close to the subject.  What is interesting is that Westin doesn’t point out if that person is male, female, young or old.  That in itself is a really powerful statement.  When one really thinks deeply about this matter, the confession could work in any of those situations.  That is especially the case as Westin sings in the song’s final moments, “My only hope is that you will forgive/And that some day/Some day you will forget.”  Regardless of whether the situation presented here is between friends, family or some other close person, the confession by the song’s subject is powerful.  It is the kind of statement made in similar songs by the aforementioned mainstream friendly acts; the kind of statement that, when coupled with the song’s musical arrangement, is made even more powerful.  The combination of those two elements makes the song in whole a truly powerful work that once again can rival songs from the bands already noted.  Keeping that in mind, it is one more work included in this record that shows why this record stands out among its counterparts both mainstream and independent.  It still is not the last of the songs that serves to show what makes Defcon Zero stand out.  ‘Fall of a Nation’ is one more example of what makes this record one that will put the rock community in whole on alert.

‘Carry Me My Bones’ and ‘A Note To Me’ are both solid examples of what makes Defcon Zero a strong new effort from Corroded.  That is because they show the wide reach of the album’s sound, proving its appeal to metal purists and mainstream rock fans alike.  The songs’ lyrical content adds just as much depth to their whole.  While both songs’ musical and lyrical content serves to make them clear examples of the album’s strength, they are only two examples of that strength.  ‘Fall of a Nation’ just as clearly proves to be another example of said strength.  That is evident first through its adrenaline-fueled, guitar and drum-driven musical arrangement, which mixes elements of Hellyeah, Soil and other similar acts for a whole that will instantly have listeners’ horns in the air.  Its lyrical content will keep listeners just as engaged as Westin seemingly comments on…well…the downfall of a nation.  Being that there is so much turmoil the world over and that Westin and company don’t necessarily point out which nation is being addressed, the commentary could, in reality, apply to the United States, any Middle Eastern Nation or other nation.  There is mention of “seeing the  flames rising,” “bones grinding,” “ashes in the air” and other rather interesting visuals.  This could be a commentary of what could come to any nation if said nation(s) don’t get things in check and soon.  The added mention of “we are the ones who are watching everything from high up above/We are the ones who idle standing by as things burn” adds to the power of that message.  It is almost as if the song’s subject is saying, “we’re going to stand by and let the world destroy itself and this is what we see happening.”  It is a powerful, possible statement.  The power in the song’s musical arrangement expertly captures the energy in that supposed statement, too.  Keeping that in mind, the whole of that musical and lyrical content makes this song clearly one more example of what makes Defcon Zero such a powerful new offering from Corroded.  It is hardly the last song that serves to exemplify what makes this album stand out.  ‘Gun and a Bullet,’ ‘Burn It To The Ground,’ and ‘Vessels of Hate’ each do their own part to show what makes this record stand out, too.  All things considered, the songs noted and not prove Defcon Zero a record that will put the rock community in whole on alert.

Defcon Zero is a powerful return for Corroded.  It is a record that proves audiences’ five-year wait for the band’s next album was well worth it.  What’s more it is a record that is certain to put the rock community in whole on alert.  That is because it is such a strong new effort from start to finish both in regards to its musical arrangements and lyrical content.  All things considered, this record is one that deserves a spot on any critic’s list of the year’s top new hard rock albums.  It is available now.  More information on Defcon Zero is available online now along with all of Corroded’s  latest news and more at:

 

 

 

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Yates’ New Record Could Put Her On “The Other Side” Of Country Music Stardom

Courtesy: Awaken Love Music/Press Junkie PR

Courtesy: Awaken Love Music/Press Junkie PR

Country musician Crystal Yates released her latest recording this past May.  The record, The Other Side, is an offering that any country music fan should hear at least once.  This is the case even with the record boasting a grand total of five songs.  Those five songs will move listeners deeply in so many ways over the course of the record’s twenty-one minute run time.  That is thanks to the combination of the record’s musical arrangements and its lyrical content.  From one song to the next this record offers plenty for country music fans to appreciate.  By the time the record ends it leaves listeners with quite the impression.  It is an impression that will leave listeners agreeing that Yates’ could be one of the next big names in the country community.

Crystal Yates’ new record The Other Side is a record that any country music fan should hear at least once.  That is because through the combination of its musical arrangements and lyrical content, it shows her to potentially be one of country music’s next big names.  One of the songs that best exemplifies this is ‘Already Yours.’  This song stands out on Yates’ new record in part due to its musical arrangement.  The song starts out very tentative and slow.  Over the course of its four-plus minute run time it gradually picks up a little more; not so much in its tempo but in its confidence.  Yates’ own soulful vocals echo the power in the song’s musical arrangement, too adding even more power to the arrangement.  The song’s gentle opening and its gradual growth is a direct mirror so to speak to its lyrical content.  That is noted as Yates sings in the song’s opening verse, “If you’re feeling down/And you’re all alone/Then I’ve got a hand you can hold/Put your hand in mine/Let me walk you through/There ain’t nothing that/I wouldn’t do/Don’t you even think/Just call/You ain’t gotta ask at all/If you want my love/It’s already yours.”  McKenzie Smith keeps a solid tempo on the drums, showing that truly talented drummers don’t always have to have machine gun speed beats.  Sometimes it is the ones who play slower and with control who show true skill and talent.  Yates’ gentle approach continues in the song’s second verse.  Though, it is clear as the verse progresses that so does the power in both her Bonnie Raitt meets Susan Tedeschi style vocals and the song’s general musical arrangement.  Ultimately it culminates with that gentle reminder from Yates, “If you want my love/It’s already there.”  All things considered here, this song proves to be one of this record’s best compositions if not its outright best.  It is just one of the songs that proves why Yates could potentially be one of the next big names in country music.  ‘Made To Last’ follows ‘Already Yours.’  It is another of the record’s most standout compositions.

‘Already Yours’ is one of the key compositions included in Crystal Yates’ new record.  That is thanks to the obvious attention paid to detail both in regards to its musical content and its lyrical content, and how the two elements work together.  The end result is a song that is possibly one of the record’s best moments if not its best.  Keeping that in mind, it is not the record’s only key composition.  ‘Made To Last’ follows ‘Already Yours.’  It is another of the record’s key compositions.  Unlike ‘Already Yours,’ this song is a full-on country song.  Its musical arrangement harkens back to the likes of Reba McEntire and Martina Mcbride (the latter of whom Yates has shared the stage).  That is clear not only in its upbeat arrangement but also in Yates’ own vocal delivery.  It presents such a positive vibe from beginning to end.  That alone is more than enough to make this song another hit for her.  The song’s lyrical content is just as certain to make it a hit.  It directly echoes the upbeat energy of the song’s musical arrangement.  This is made clear as Yates sings playfully in the song’s lead verse, “That cat has started getting’ on your nerves/I can’t stand your Nickelback T-shirt/But that’s how it goes/And don’t you know/Falling is the easy part/But when times get hard is when the real thing starts/Real love is not a chance we take/It’s a choice we make/Each and every day/But then what happened happens/I want a love that’s made to last.”  The playful yet straightforward commentary about real love here is certain to put a smile on any listener’s face.  And that line about hating a guy’s Nickelback T-shirt will undoubtedly get more than a few laughs, too.  This is just the start of the positive vibes in the song’s lyrical content.  She goes on to sing, “When people get as close as you and I/You can bet that we butt heads sometimes/But makin’ up/Can sure be fun/You might never clean the dishes up/I’m gonna be have a few bad days each month/But letting go/is how we’ll grow/Falling  is the easy part/But when times get hard/It’s when the real thing starts/Love is not a chance we take/It’s a choice we make/Each and every day/But then what happens, happens fast/I want a love that’s made to last.”  Yates’ reality check goes on from here dispelling the myth about the long white dress, the house and picket fence, etc.  She notes again that what is most important about a good life together is a love that (again) lasts.  It is a statement that rings loud and clear from beginning to end.  When coupled with the song’s upbeat musical arrangement, the song in whole proves to be another great addition to Yates’ new record.  Together with ‘Already Yours’ it is yet more proof of why Yates could potentially be one of country’s next big names.

‘Already Yours’ and ‘Made To Last’ are both key additions to Crystal Yates’ new record.  Both songs stand solidly on their own merits.  This includes both their musical arrangements and lyrical content.  While both songs stand out in their own right they are not the record’s only standout songs.  The record’s closer, also its title track, is one more of its most notable compositions.  This song stands out from the record’s other tracks just as much as they do from one another.  In regards to its musical content, it is a solid, blues-based gospel tune that once again echoes those hints of Bonnie Raitt and Susan Tedeschi.  Yates’ vocals are just as powerful as the song’s musical arrangement.  She sings here about getting to “the other side.”  It is clear here that she is singing about going to Heaven here.  That is especially clear as she sings, “I know we’re gonna pass…to the other shore/Oh, we’re gonna see the lord/I said oh, we’re gonna see the lord.”  She goes on to sing, “Ain’t gonna let nothin’ stop us/From the other side.”  It’s a classic gospel style song at least in terms of its lyrics.  In regards to its musical arrangement, that is not an entirely original approach.  But it is one that is rarely taken by any artist.  The only name that this critic in particular can come up with when thinking of blues-based gospel, is the Blind Boys of Alabama.  To that end, this song is yet another standout composition for Yates’ new record.  It shows just as much as ‘Already Yours’ and ‘Made To Last’ why this young singer-songwriter could very well be one of country music’s next big names.  That is not to ignore the record’s other two songs, ‘Leave Me Alone To Die’ (which is actually about a kidnapping that she personally experienced at one point in her life) and ‘Hell On My Soul.’  Those two songs offer up their own interest to this record, too.  All things considered, this new record may only boast five songs and run twenty-one minutes but it is still a record that any country music purist should hear at least once if not more.  That is because it could be the next step in making her one of country music’s next big names.

Crystal Yates could very well be one of the next big names in the country music community.  She has already made quite the impact with two previous recordings.  Now with her latest record The Other Side she is that much closer to actually making that become true.  That is because over the course of this record’s five songs and twenty-one minutes, she offers audiences so much to appreciate.  Each song stands out from the others both musically and lyrically.  And each one is just as entertaining as the others, too as has already been noted.  From a powerhouse blues-based gospel closer in its title track, to a fun, upbeat song about the realities of marriage, to an equally moving piece about a person’s (likely a woman’s) love for another, and beyond, there is plenty to appreciate about this record.  All things considered, The Other Side could very well be the record that takes Crystal Yates to the “other side” of music stardom.  It is available now and can be ordered direct via Yates’ official website at http://www.crystalyatesmusic.com/merch/.  More information on The Other Side is available online now along with all of her latest news and more at:

 

 

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Tantric Proves It Still Has Plenty Of Life On New Album

Courtesy:  Pavement Music

Courtesy: Pavement Music

Louisville, Kentucky based rock band Tantric has seen the highest of highs and the lowest of lows throughout its life. The band, which rose from the remnants of Days of the New, has seen its records go platinum. It has toured and played to thousands. It has also seen band members leave and label changes. At one point, it seemed like the members of Tantric were ready to call it quits because of everything that it had endured. But this Summer, the band showed that it hasn’t gone anywhere with the release of its fifth full length record. 37 Channels was released this year via indie record label Pavement Entertainment.  It’s an interesting return for the band.  That’s first and foremost because of its sequencing.  There is an obvious split as the album progresses between a harder mainstream rock sound and a softer side.  Audiences will also take note on this album its general lyrical themes.  The themes of the songs on this record range from the standard fodder of relationship issues to fighting inner and external struggles.  Both of these factors together make 37 Channels one more album that the band’s longtime fans will appreciate, and may even bring back fans that had forgotten about the band.

The very first thing that listeners will notice about 37 Channels is a blatant separation between harder edged and softer style songs over the course of the album’s thirteen songs.  The album’s first four songs could easily be used for any mainstream rock radio station.  The first of those songs, ‘Again’ is a solid re-introduction for the band.  After those first four songs, the band starts to slowly pull back as the album progresses.  The album’s remaining nine songs are just as interesting a mix as the album’s first four tracks.  That’s because while they may not have the same intensity as those songs, some of those other tracks have an intensity all their own.  That is evidenced through songs such as ‘Loss For Words’, ‘Rise’, and the piano driven ballad, ‘Fault.’  These are interesting examples because they do such an impressive job of presenting how songs can be intense thanks to the contradiction of their musical and lyrical content.

The distinct separation of musical styles on this record makes it an interesting listen for certain.  The music alone doesn’t make the record, though.  The lyrics play their own role, too.  Case in point: the album’s opener, ‘Again.’  Musically speaking, one wouldn’t recognize it.  But this is one of the album’s song rooted in the standard theme of personal relationships.  That’s because of the song’s heaviness. Front man Hugo Ferreira sings in this song, “In the end I despise everything/I realize/Never ever had to compromise/The shifty eyes/I see in you/Again/I should have known better/Than to let you in again/again/AGAIN!!!”  A lesser songwriter would have taken such lyrics and potentially written another typical tearjerker.  That wasn’t the case for Ferreira.  He instead opted instead for something with more of a sense of determination.  That is noted as he sings, “I’ve shown you all I can/It’s time for you/To want to understand.”  The energy of the song’s music set alongside these words again makes this song just one of so many examples of what makes this album stand out.

Another example of how the combination of music and lyrics drives 37 Channels comes late in the album in the form of the piano-driven ballad ‘Fault.’  The gentility of the song will make fans of the band’s counterparts in Nickelback, Saliva, and other similar bands smile.  It’s another song that lyrically is based in personal relationships.  But Ferreira’s voice exhibits such pain when he sings, “I just want you/Like you were before” will pull at the heartstrings of even the strongest listener.  It’s one more song that will help keep listeners engaged right to the album’s closer not just once but many more times after that.

Tantric’s fans still have plenty of chances to hear music from the band’s album in person as it tours in support of 37 Channels this Fall.  One of its dates will be in North Carolina on Saturday, November 16th.  The band will perform that afternoon at the Greensboro Chili Wing Fling 2013 presented by 100.3 The Buzz.  Pop Evil will join Tantric at the show.  More information on the band’s new album, Fall tour dates and more is available online at http://www.facebook.com/Tantric and http://www.tantricrockband.com.  To keep up with the latest sports and entertainment reviews and news, go online to http://www.facebook.com/philspicks and “Like” it.  Fans can always keep up with the latest sports and entertainment reviews and news in the Phil’s Picks blog at https://philspicks.wordpress.com.

Up-And-Coming Pop Musician Releases New Single

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Nineteen year-old Utah based singer songwriter Chase Kroesche (pronounced Kro-sha) has just released the video for his new single, ‘1-2-3.’  The single comes along at a good time as the weather changes.  Its easygoing, poppy melody and infectious chorus are sure to make it a favorite among Chase’s younger audiences on those Spring and Summer vacations; especially his younger female audiences.  The video sees Chase performing his song on the city streets and in a sunny park.  It’s just Chase, his guitar, and his surroundings.  It can be viewed online now at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q8g6F98BJ0o.

Kroesche is currently completing a degree in Popular Music at the USC Thornton School of Music.  He is also prepping to release his new EP this year.  It includes the song, ‘Satellite.’ Kroesche collaborated with producer Brian Howes (Nickeblack, Daughtry) on the song.  Before embarking on a professional music career, he was a nationally ranked tennis player at the young age of thirteen.  He earned a scholarship to the prestigious Berklee College of Music and even started touring at fourteen.  He even performed with Frank Zappa’s saxophonist Napoleon Murphy Brock and David Bowie guitarist Earl Slick.  This was all before he had graduated high school.  Now he embarks on the next leg of his career with the impending release of his EP and eventually debut full length record.

After checking out Kroesche’s new video, fans can also go to his official Facebook page—http://www.facebook.com/ChaseKroesche–and “Like” him there to get all the latest news on his projects and more.  Fans can also follow him on his official website, http://www.chasetheband.com

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Utah Teen Releases First Single, Prepping Debut EP

Teen pop star Chase Kroesche is about to be a household name.  But with the release of his debut single, ‘1-2-3’ from his upcoming debut EP, his name is going to very quickly get out there.  The catchy pop tune written by the once nationally ranked high school tennis player is just the latest in a line of accomplishments from this young star.  The Utah native was offered a scholarship to the highly revered Berklee School of Music at one point.  The now 19-year old Kroesche (pronounced Kro-sha) was already touring at the age of 14 and picking up awards at festivals and even performing at L.A.’s famed Whisky just to note a few of his laurels. 

Currently Kroesche is studying at USC’s Thornton School of Music.  He is working on a degree in Popular Music along with working on his debut EP, which is currently slated to be released in early 2013.  That sounds like a lot to many people.  But not to Kroesche.  “I’m ambitious, and a very disciplined, no-nonsense person.  That doesn’t make me sound very fun”, he says.  “But really, the reason I listen to music is to have fun, so when I write music, that’s what it’s about; it’s not about telling people about how bad I feel, or being sad, pissed and lonely and upset with the world.   I write to make people—and me—feel happy.”

While audiences await the arrival of Kroesche’s new EP, they can check out his debut single online now at http://t.ymlp287.net/bacahhsmapauqavau/click.php.  Audiences can also get the latest news and more from him online at http://www.facebook.com/ChaseKroesche and https://twitter.com/chasekroesche

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Saving Abel’s New LP Another Radio Friendly Rock Record

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Saving Abel’s new record, “Bringing Down The Giant” is a solid readymade radio friendly rock record.  The sound of the band’s new album is exactly what fans have come to expect of the band.  It’s much the same as the band’s previous two albums, stylistically speaking.  It starts off really heavy before slowly getting a little softer and more poppy with each song. 

The album’s opener/title track is the heaviest track on the album, musically speaking.  Coming from a lyrical avenue, the song is empowering.  Front man Jared Weeks sings of facing a bully type figure.  He sings in this song, “Too many lies built up inside/you’re bound to fall/standing face to face you’re not so big after all/Take a bow/You had your shot/at looking down while you’re on top/so now your glory days are gone, gone, gone/Yeah I’m bringing down the giant.”  It’s an empowering song that encourages people to stand up and not let certain types of people try to look down on them and push them down. 

‘Bringing Down The Giant’ is not only the album’s heaviest song, but it’s also one of the LP’s best songs.  The combination of the empowering lyrics and heavy music will make it easily a fan favorite and an arena anthem.  Another song that fans are bound to love is the seemingly social commentary loaded, ‘You Make Me Sick.’  Weeks speaks of the deception of politicians, TV news broadcasters, and all the fake celebrities that are out there.  He sings, “Here comes mister cool thinks he’s lookin’ real fine/all dressed in black tattoos he found online/getting real loose in his daddy’s Cadillac/still livin’ with his mom in a three room shack…look at all these little girls/looking for their dreams/livin’ off these socialites/whose life ain’t what they seem/you make me sick.”  It goes on in similar fashion, eventually going after television news broadcasters and politicians.  Again, it’s a topic to which every listener can relate.  That relateability mixed with a great southern rock sound make this another of the standout tracks on “Bringing Down The Giant.”

Saving Abel tackles bully types on its new album.  And as noted, it also has some social commentary.  For those who want something a little different, there’s a nice anti-love song that any young man out there will love in ‘New Loser.’  Weeks sings in this song of a woman who obviously used him and threw him away.  The thing is, rather than being sad about it, Weeks writes the song from that empowered vantage point.  He writes about the woman in question, “Break away break free/It used to be me to carry all the drama around/It’s only been a pack or two/since I let you/And I can’t believe what I found/Cause it’s just like you to find someone who/Follows your around/What he don’t know she’s gonna kill him slow/Add another to the body count/Who’s the new loser?”  This song in no uncertain terms says to the female figure, “I’m glad you’re gone and I’m better off on my own.”  Of course female audiences could just as easily turn the roles around.  So again, it’s a song to which every listener can relate, making it one more hit from this LP.

The songs noted here are just a small sampling of what Saving Abel has to offer on its new album.  “Bringing Down The Giant” has even more to offer audiences looking for an album with some substance musically and lyrically.  The album is out in stores now.  And the band is currently touring in support of the album.  It will be playing the Madison Theater in Covington, Kentucky tonight.  That show will be followed by a stop at the Elbo Room Lounge in Rhinelander, Wisconsin on Thursday.  Fans can get a full tour rundown and all the latest news from the band online when they go to http://www.savingabel.com, http://www.facebook.com/savingabel, http://twitter.com/#!/savingabel, http://www.myspace.com/savingabel, and the band’s official YouTube channel, http://www.youtube.com/savingabel

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