Gillies’ New Post Silverchair Project One Of 2012’s Surprise Hits

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Ben Gillies’ name likely doesn’t ring a bell to most audiences.  But with the release of the debut album from his new band, Bento, the former Silverchair drummer’s name may become far more prominent among music audiences.  Diamond Days is such an intriguing record in that its sound is something similar to a hybrid of indie pop and rock.  The album’s title track opens the whole thing.  It’s a solid opener that’s driven largely by a moving piano part and equally solid drumming.  The song’s lyrics do their own part in the song’s success, too.  Gillies sings happily, “These are the/Diamond Days/My vision/Of golden sands/They were the/fractured dreams/No more/Of broken hearts/I got this feeling long ago.”  The whole positive, upbeat spirit of the song makes it not just a solid opener for the album, but an instant hit for the band.  It is without a doubt the best possible first impression for Gillies and company on this new project.

Gillies and his band mates keep the positive vibe moving in the album’s second track, ‘Words of Love.’  The title alone leaves no question as to the song’s topic.  And the lyrics back that up, as Gillies sings, “Take this heart of mine/And make it yours to keep/It’s your gift here waiting/It’s your cherry tree.  Again, the band leaves little doubt about the song’s topic.  The standard sappy love song lyrics aside, it’s still a good song thanks to that continued up-tempo vibe of the song’s musical half.  Even those people who aren’t fans of the love song genre will enjoy this song if only for the fact that it’s a forward moving piece.  For that matter, it’s another highlight of this debut release from Bento.

Gillies moves in a different direction after ‘Words of Love.’  The album’s third track will take children of the 80’s back in time with its keyboard part.  It’s a throwback to the nu-wave sound of the 80’s.  From there, he moves back to a more light rock oriented sound on ‘Glue’, another of this album’s high points.  This song especially would be a good fit at any mainstream rock radio station, given the chance.  It actually boasts something akin to a classic rock vibe.  Some might even compare it to material from music legend Bob Dylan.  It’s another song that comes across as being about personal relationships.  But that aside, the music makes it another great listen, and one more piece of the overall successful musical picture that is Diamond DaysDiamond Days is available in stores and online now.  It can be ordered online direct via the official Bento website, http://wearebento.com.  Fans can also get all the latest news and more from Bento on its official website, as well as http://www.facebook.com/wearebento, http://twitter.com/wearebento, http://www.youtube.com/wearebento, http://www.wearebento.tumblr.com, and http://www.soundcloud.com/wearebento

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Black Taxi’s New LP Good For Fans Of 80’s Music

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New York based Black Taxi has been making a lot of noise in the underground scene for a number of years.  The band has earned a “Webby” award for the video for the song, ‘Shoeshine’ off of its 2009 album, “Things of That Nature.”  The band started off 2012 in positive style, too.  The band debuted the first single from its newest album, “We Don’t Know Any Better” on AOL.  The band’s new album is good fodder for anyone that is a fan of old school 80’s acts the likes of The Talking Heads and Men at Work or for more modern acts such as Cake or The Killers.  There’s even a semi Pink Floyd style piece and some Franz Ferdinand influenced music on this disc, too.

Speaking of ‘Hand’, this is one of the album’s highlights.  It’s an interesting hybrid of that old school 80’s sound mixed with a newer version of said old school style.  ‘Do What You Gotta Do’ boasts some of that same style.  The mix of the synthesizer with the guitars in this song give it a really catchy almost Cake-style sound.  There’s some of that also in the album’s title track.  Fans of Franz Ferdinand will also enjoy this record thanks to its sound.  Black taxi sort of emulates Franz Ferdinand in the catchy ‘Balloon on a Barbed Wire.’  The solid drum beats mixed with the guitar work make it an instant hit for audiences.  Fans of prog-rock masters Pink Floyd will be intrigued by the change of pace when the band moves into the more melancholy drone of ‘Holding On To Nothing.’  Thankfully, that doesn’t last long as the band kicks things back into gear right afterwards with the more catchy ‘Politics.’  The band keeps the energy up right to the album’s end from here with the blatantly 80’s style of ‘Tell Me What You Need’ and the almost hippie-esque vibe of ‘Hope I Never Know.’

While “We Don’t Know Any Better” was released back in January, the band is currently touring in support of it.  The band will be in Charlottesville, VA tonight.  Tonight’s show is followed by a pair of dates in Georgia tomorrow and Wednesday and a stop in South Carolina Thursday evening.  The band will close out the work week with a trio of dates in Florida this weekend.  Fans can go online to http://www.blacktaxi.com or http://www.facebook.com/BLACKTAXIMUSIC for a full tour run down, and to get all the latest news from the band.  

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