Saliva Announces Tour With Otherwise; Premieres New Single’s Video

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Saliva is set to join fellow rock band Otherwise on the road this summer.

The band is scheduled to join Otherwise for a three week run starting June 2 in Columbia, SC. The tour is scheduled to run through June 23 and features performances in cities, such as Cleveland, OH; Mechanicsburg, PA and Springfield, MO.

The tour’s schedule is noted below.

Saliva with Otherwise Dates:

6/2 – Columbia, SC – New Brookland Tavern
6/3 – Corbin, KY – Icehouse
6/4 – Huntsville, AL – Shagnasty’s
6/5 – Clarksville, TN – The Warehouse
6/8 – Horseheads, NY – The L
6/9 – Cleveland, OH – The Odeon
6/10 – Angola, IN – The Eclectic Room
6/11 – Flint, MI – The Machine Shop
6/14 – Mechanicsburg, PA – Lovedrafts
6/15 – Columbus, OH – The King of Clubs
6/16 – Joliet, IL – The Forge
6/17 – Green Bay, WI – Epic Event Center
6/19 – Madison, WI – High Noon Saloon
6/21 – Springfield, MO – Kiss Bar and Grill
6/22 – Arnold, MO – 21 Rock
6/23 – Lawrence, KS – The Bottleneck

In other news, Saliva premiered the video for its latest single this month. The band premiered the video for its latest single, ‘Revelation Man‘ April 22. The video’s premiere comes more than a month after the band debuted the song. The video features the band performing its new single in a desert setting as the song plays over the visualization.

The song’s musical arrangement features a base that takes audiences back to Saliva’s early days while also giving the song a sense of where the band stands today.

The song’s lyrical theme takes on the impact of addiction and recovering from it, said front man Bobby Amaru.

“‘Revelation Man’ is about a guy who couldn’t accept the struggles of his own addictions,” said Amaru. “He had to hit rock bottom to see the light. When I say “had to die to find a revelation” I don’t mean dying literally but there were moments in my life where I felt like I had. It particularly relates with me because of my sobriety of 3 1/2 years. I went through a lot of things before I got sober. “

‘Revelation Man’ is just one of a handful of singles that the band says it has planned for release this year ahead of a new album set for release later this year. More information on that album and the coming singles is available along with all of the band’s latest news at:

Websitehttps://salivaofficial.com

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/Saliva

Twitterhttps://twitter.com/OfficialSaliva

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Saliva Tackles Addiction, Recovery In New Single

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Saliva debuted its new single this week.

The band premiered its new single, ‘Revelation Man‘ Thursday. The currently standalone single features a base that takes audiences back to Saliva’s early days while also giving the song a sense of where the band stands today.

The song’s lyrical theme takes on the impact of addiction and recovering from it, said front man Bobby Amaru.

“‘Revelation Man’ is about a guy who couldn’t accept the struggles of his own addictions,” said Amaru. “He had to hit rock bottom to see the light. When I say “had to die to find a revelation” I don’t mean dying literally but there were moments in my life where I felt like I had. It particularly relates with me because of my sobriety of 3 1/2 years. I went through a lot of things before I got sober. “

‘Revelation Man’ is just one of a handful of singles that the band says it has planned for release this year ahead of a new album set for release later this year. More information on that album and the coming singles is available along with all of the band’s latest news at:

Websitehttps://salivaofficial.com

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/Saliva

Twitterhttps://twitter.com/OfficialSaliva

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ColdWards Debuts New Album’s Lead Single, Video

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Saliva drummer Paul Crosby and his sons have started their own new band.

The group — composed of Crosby and his sons Zac and Sean, and bassist Richie Hey — is known as ColdWards (pronounced Cold Words). The band is scheduled to release its debut album, Bloodwork in 2022. An exact release date is under consideration.

In anticipation of the album’s release, the band premiered the album’s lead single, ‘Say Something‘ and its companion video Thursday. The song’s musical arrangement is a melodic hard rock style composition that also incorporates a touch of emo punk for a unique overall approach and sound. Crosby’s oldest son Sean handles vocal duties on the song while youngest song Zac handles backing vocals and electronics in the song.

Paul talked about the song’s lyrical theme in a prepared statement.

“’Say Something’ is about a person’s struggle with their addiction and the battle that they endure within themselves while feeling like they’re alone in their own personal war, like they’re a complete outcast in a room full of people just waiting for someone to reach out to them about it,” he said.

The song’s video features the band in a dark forest setting as the band performs the new single. Various, quick shots are edited together along with varying blue, and black and white filters to add to the overall impact.

More information on ColdWards’ new single, video, and album is available along with all of the band’s latest news at https://www.facebook.com/ColdWards.

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Pop Evil’s Latest LP Lives Up To Its Title Through Its Musical, Lyrical Content Together

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When Pop Evil releases its new album, Versatile Friday, its release will end a wait of more than three years for the record.  The wait was well worth it, as its already existing singles – ‘Let The Chaos Reign,’ ‘Set Me Free,’ ‘Work,’ and ‘Breathe Again’ – show.  The singles paint a rich, melodic hard rock picture of the album that also boasts some engaging and accessible lyrical content.  They are just a portion of that overall picture, as they make up the first quarter of its 12-song body.  ‘Same Blood,’ the album’s penultimate entry, is another example of what makes Versatile successful.  It will be discussed shortly.  The infectious song of determination and self-confidence that is ‘Raise Your Flag’ is another example of what makes Versatile stand out among this year’s field of new hard rock and metal albums.  It will be discussed a little later.  Much the same can be said of ‘Survivor,’ another of the album’s late entries.  All three songs do their own, clear part to make Versatile successful.  When they are considered along with the album’s existing singles and the rest of its songs, the whole becomes one more of this year’s best new hard rock and metal offerings.

Pop Evil’s forthcoming album Versatile is a strong return for the established hard rock band.  It is a record that was worth the wait of more than three years.  All four of the singles that the album has already produced do their own part to support the noted statement.  They are only a portion of what makes the album stand out.  The whole album offers something for audiences to appreciate, including its penultimate offering, ‘Same Blood.’  The musical arrangement featured in ‘Same Blood’ is part of what makes this song stand out.  It is a very Sevendust-type composition.  That is evidenced in the juxtaposition of the heavy choruses and the softer, more contemplative verses.  That sort of point/counterpoint of the two approaches makes this arrangement just as much of a hit as the noted singles.  What’s more, it is just as viable of an option for the band in a live setting, as the choruses are sure to have audiences pumping their fists in the air as they sing along.  The power exuded by the arrangement (on both sides) works well with the song’s message of unity in its lyrical content to make the song even more memorable.

The noted theme of unity is presented relatively clearly throughout the song.  It is clear right from the song’s outset as front man Leigh Kakaty sings, “We’re all the same blood” before adding, “Some people grow up/Too afraid to change/Some people wake up/In a place they hate/Some people give up/When it’s hard to stay/Some people press on.When the world begins to shake/I’ve seen a million different faces/Now I’m starting to see/We’re all the same blood/Every child, every race/Every life, we can’t replace.”  That clear message is presented just as clearly in the song’s second verse, in which Kakaty asks, “Who are we/To judge and pray/Dividing lines/Machines of fate/Finding my footsteps/I’m breathing again/Out of the trenches/We get the lions again.”  These are some straight forward comments that are full of so much emotion.  That emotion is translated just as well through the song’s musical arrangement, again.  Considering the impact of that musical and lyrical content together, there is no doubt as to the power of ‘Same Blood’ to Versatile’s overall presentation.  The heavy, melodic musical arrangement and call for unity together makes this song just as viable a single as the album’s existing singles and the album’s other works.

‘Same Blood’ is just one more of the songs featured in this record that makes it successful.  ‘Raise Your Flag’ also serves to exhibit the album’s strength.

‘Raise Your Flag’ is important because it is so different from ‘Same Blood’ and much of the rest of the album in terms of its musical arrangement.  This song is one of those works whose musical arrangement makes it heavy without being heavy.  The arrangement is more of a mainstream pop rock type composition a la Imagine Dragons.  This is a sign of evolution from Pop Evil because it has never really been known for going lighter and more poppy.  Where it is similar to the rest of the album’s musical content is that it is just as sure to be a hit on record and in live situations as the rest of the album’s works. 

The musical arrangement featured in ‘Raise Your Flag’ is just part of what makes it such a certain hit in its own right.  Its lyrical content, which delivers a message of self-confidence and determination, adds to its impact.  That message is delivered clearly in the song’s lead verse as Kakaty sings, “Nothing ever feels like it used to/No common ground we can break through/Time to change our ways/Or close the door/Same place/Same temptation/Life full of limitations/My pride/No more patience/Wave your flag/Stop running away/Face everything/Raise your flag/Don’t need to complain…Raise your flag/Stop running away/Lets raise our flag.”  The message is delivered just as clearly in the song’s second verse, which finds Kakty singing, “Howl at the moon/Go up in smoke/Just live your life/Some things to choke/This time/Turn around and close the door/Inside, the same frustration/Each day more motivation/My pride/No more patience/Raise your flag/Stop running away/Face everything.”  Again, here is a song that reminds listeners not to give up even in difficult times.  It is a familiar, message that is just as welcome here as is from any other act across the musical universe.  The addition of the song’s moving, infectious musical arrangement to the mix makes the song even more memorable.  Together with ‘Same Blood’ the songs show even more what makes Versatile such a strong new offering from Pop Evil.  It is hardly the last of the album’s most notable works, too.  ‘Survivor’ is one more example of what makes this record successful.

The musical arrangement featured in ‘Survivor’ is the first thing that listeners will notice from the song.  The 90s rock type approach and sound immediately lends itself to comparison to works from Saliva and so many other bands.  Once again, this is a distinct change of pace and style from Pop Evil.  It is a change that many (if not most) audiences will welcome from the band, too.  That is because it shows the band is not afraid to take a chance.  What’s more the chance that the band took here paid off just as much as those taken with much of the rest of the album’s musical arrangements.  It is just one part of what makes the song stand out.  Its lyrical counterpart adds even more to its impact.

The song’s lead verse is difficult to decipher sans lyrics to reference, but the song’s lead chorus is clear enough that the message becomes obvious.  The message in question is that of learning from one’s life experiences and continuing on.  That is made clear as Kakty sings, “I’m a survivor/Come ride with me/Through hell and back/Don’t need your sympathy/Everything I want is right in front of me/I’m a survivor/Come ride with me.”  The message is made even clearer in the song’s second verse, which starts off just as difficult to decipher.  However, as the song continues, the message is easier to understand as Kakaty sings about the tide changing and getting those negative emotions, wanting the world to see.  The short and simple here is, again, that message of pushing on through life’s difficult times, having no remorse about it, moving on past those experiences.  It is, overall, a message that will resonate just as much with listeners as the messages in the album’s other songs.  To that end, it and its musical counterpart make it one more obvious example of how much Versatile has to offer audiences.  Between this message, the familiar theme of a broken relationship in ‘Worst of Me,’ the message of personal strength and determination in ‘Stronger (The Time is Now),’ and that of the same in ‘Fire Inside,’ the album’s lyrical content offers audiences plenty of motivation, engagement, and entertainment.  The addition of those songs’ musical arrangements to those noted here and those of the album’s existing singles makes for even more appeal.  All things considered, this record shows that it more than deserves a spot on any critic’s list of the year’s top new hard rock and metal albums.

Pop Evil’s forthcoming album Versatile is a strong new offering from the veteran hard rock outfit.  That is proven through its musical and lyrical content alike.  The songs’ musical arrangements show some familiarity to listeners as well as some growth and change from the band.  That aside, it all comes together to make this part of the album enjoyable from start to end.  The album’s lyrical content adds its own share of appeal to the whole because of its overall accessibility.  From themes of determination and drive, to the equally familiar matter of a broken relationship, to that of dealing with the stresses of work, and even things going on in the world, the themes add their own touch to the album’s presentation.  The album’s singles and songs examined here all serve to support the noted statements about the album’s appeal.  When they are considered along with the rest of the record’s songs, the whole makes Versatile an easy candidate for a spot on any critic’s list of the year’s best new hard rock and metal albums.  Versatile is scheduled for release Friday through eOne.

In other news, Pop Evil has scheduled a series of tentative live dates in support of Versatile. The dates are noted below.

POP EVIL will perform live at the following shows:  

Fri. 8/6 – Mt. Pleasant, MI @ Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort & **SOLD OUT**

Wed. 8/11 – Camdenton, MO @ Ozarks Amphitheater

Fri. 9/24 – Orlando, FL @ Monster Energy Rebel Rock at Central Florida Fairgrounds

Thu. 10/7 – Sacramento, CA @ Aftershock at Discovery Park & w/Shinedown

More information on Pop Evil’s new music is available online along with all of the band’s latest news at:

Websitehttps://www.PopEvil.com

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/popevil

Twitterhttps://twitter.com/popevil

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Saliva’s ‘Every Six Seconds’ Tribute EP Will Appease Audiences While They Await The Band’s Next Album

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Twenty years after Saliva made its major label debut (and second overall album) with Every Six Seconds, the band is revisiting that record with its new EP, Every Twenty Years.  The six-song record features a handful of re-worked versions of songs from Every Six Seconds that make up the majority of the record.  Those songs are certain to engage and entertain listeners in their own way.  They will be discussed shortly.  While the majority of the songs featured in Every Twenty Years are lifted from Every Six Seconds, there are two songs that were not featured in that album.  Their inclusion in the record adds their own level of appeal to the EP.  They will be discussed a little later.  The performances of the updated songs put the finishing touch to the EP and will also be discussed later.  When this aspect is considered along with the songs themselves and the two bonus tracks, the EP in whole proves itself a presentation that any Saliva fan will enjoy.

Saliva’s brand new EP, Every Twenty Years is a tribute to the band’s debut album, Every Six Seconds, that despite its brief nature, will appeal widely to the band’s established audience base.  That is due in part to the EP’s featured songs.  The majority of the record’s songs (four in all) are lifted from Every Six Seconds.  They are ‘Your Disease,’ ‘Click, Click, Boom,’ ‘After Me,’ and ‘Greater Than/Less Than.’  ‘Your Disease’ and ‘Click, Click, Boom’ were both hit singles spawned from Every Six Seconds.  “Greater Than/Less Than’ meanwhile was a carryover from the band’s self-titled 1997 debut album.  ‘After Me’ garnered its own appeal among audiences following the release of Every Six Seconds, too.  This collection of songs is a brief tribute to the legacy of Every Six Seconds, but considering the popularity of the songs’ source material, these re-worked renditions are certain to garner renewed interest in the band’s noted major label debut.  That in turn makes these primary songs a good starting point in examining this EP’s appeal.  The two bonus tracks that accompany the EP’s primary content build on the appeal of those works to make the EP increasingly engaging and entertaining.

The two bonus songs featured in Every Twenty Years are a re-worked take of the band’s 2001 cover of Henry Mancini’s ‘Theme From Peter Gunn’ and a cover of Soundgarden’s hit 1994 single, ‘Spoonman.’  Saliva’s take on ‘Spoonman’ largely stays true to its source material, which will appeal to fans of both bands.  Front man Bobby Amaru’s vocal delivery holds its own here against that of the late great Chris Cornell while his band mates – Paul Crosby (drums), Brad Stewart (bass), and Wayne Swinny (guitar, vocals)  — are just as applause worthy in their own performances here.

Saliva’s take on ‘Theme From Peter Gunn’ was not featured as part of Every Six Seconds despite also being released in 2001.  It was re-named ‘Spyhunter’ as it was featured in the soundtrack to the 2001 reboot of the vintage video game “Spyhunter.”  Both versions clock in at four minutes, 22 seconds in length, so needless to say not much has changed between the original and this song.  The variations are in fact that subtle. Considering that  the original rendition is likely difficult to find today other than through YouTube, having this version included in an official Saliva record makes for even more appeal here.

Speaking of variations, the variations between the original and updated takes of the songs from Every Six Seconds make for their own appeal, too.  That speaks to the importance of the band’s performance of said songs.  While there are many similarities between the original and updated version of ‘Click Click Boom’ for instance, there are also clear differences. The differences are most clear from the second verse on. They come in part through the vocal delivery of current front man Bobby Amaru and former front man Josey Scott. Amaru’s vocal delivery style is noticeably heavier heavier than that of Scott in the verses while the two have roughly similar styles in the more melodic choruses.  In terms of the instrumentation here, there are clear moments throughout when Swinny’s guitar riffs are heavier than in the original.  There are also certain effects used here that were not used in the original composition.  All things considered, the band’s updated take of ‘Click, Click, Boom’ is actually an improvement over the original work and just part of the proof of the importance of the band’s performances here.

Just the two renditions of ‘Click, Click, Boom’ are relatively similar, save for some subtle variances, so are the two renditions of ‘Your Disease.’  The updated take featured in Every Twenty Years is different from its source material primarily in the fact that it is more amped up in the verses than the original take.  The choruses meanwhile are just as controlled and melodic.  There is a slight change in the guitar arrangement in the song’s chorus refrain that adds a nice touch, too.  Other than that and the noted heavier approach to the song’s verses, the song’s update is largely the same as the original.  That marriage of something old and something new (yes, that awful wedding pun was intended) make this presentation yet another example of what makes the band’s performances of the  updated songs so important to the EP’s presentation.  The band’s performance in the updated take of ‘Better Than/Less Than’ is yet another example of the importance of the band’s performances here.

Saliva’s updated take of ‘Better Than/Less Than’ is just as subtle in its performance as the band’s performance in the other examined updates.  Swinney’s guitar line is once more amped up here in comparison to the band’s initial performance.  The result is that the song’s distinctly Alice in Chains style sound and style is even more evident here than in the original.  That is not to say that it was not evident in the original work.  It is just so   much more pronounced in this case.  Taking this update into account along with the performances in the other examined updates and that in the band’s updated take of ‘After Me,’ the importance of the band’s performances here become that much clearer.  When they are considered along with the EP’s main body and its bonus songs, the whole makes this EP a mostly enjoyable presentation that will tide audiences over until the band releases its next album.

Saliva’s brand new EP Every Twenty Years is a presentation that will appeal to the band’s established audience base.  That is due in part to its featured songs.  The songs are for the most part, lifted from the band’s 2001 album, Every Six Seconds.   However, there are two “bonus” tracks added to the mix to enhance the EP’s presentation.  One of the songs is an updated take of a cover that the band recorded for a game that was itself an update of a video game that was popular in the 1980s.  How is that for a little six degrees of separation?  The other song is a cover of a song made famous by a famed grunge act and is just as engaging and entertaining as that original.  The band’s performances of the updates rounds out the EP’s most important elements.  The performances are subtle yet still heavy updates of the band’s own original songs that will keep listeners engaged and entertained in their own right.  Each item examined is important in its own way to the whole of the EP.  All things considered, they make the EP a work that is certain to tide audiences over until the band releases its next album.  Every Twenty Years is available now.

More information on Saliva’s new EP is available along with all of the band’s latest news at:

Websitehttps://salivaofficial.com

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/Saliva

Twitterhttps://twitter.com/OfficialSaliva

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Saliva Unveils Re-Worked Version Of Its Classic Song, ‘Click Click Boom’

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Saliva released another single from its forthcoming EP last week.

The band unveiled a re-worked take on its classic song, ‘Click Click Boom‘ Thursday. The song is the second single from its forthcoming EP, Every Twenty Years, which is scheduled for release 7 through Megaforce Records. The band debuted the EP’s lead single, a re-worked version of ‘Your Disease‘ last month.

While there are many similarities between the original and updated version of ‘Click Click Boom,’ there are also clear differences. The differences are most clear from the second verse on. The vocal delivery of current front man Bobby Amaru and former front man Josey Scott become evident over that course of time. There are also changes to the guitar line between the two renditions.

Founding member and guitarist Wayne Swinny talked about re-working the song in a prepared statement.

“Re-recording ‘Click Click Boom’ was much easier than the original recording because we already had the blueprint laid out for us,” he said.  “There was no need to alter anything because the original had all the right pieces in all the right places. We simply used the advances in modern technology to enhance the song sonically.”

Pre-orders for Every Twenty Years are open now. Along with re-worked takes of ‘Click Click Boom’ and ‘Your Disease,’ the record also features updated versions of ‘After Me,’ ‘Greater Than/Less Than,’ and ‘Spyhunter’ and a cover of Soundgarden’s hit single, ‘Spoonman.’

More information on Saliva’s new single and EP is available along with all of the band’s latest news at:

Website: https://salivaofficial.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Saliva

Twitter: https://twitter.com/OfficialSaliva

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Kingdom Collapse Debuts Cover Of Saliva’s ‘Always,’ Companion Video

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Independent rock band Kingdom Collapse is taking on a classic Saliva song for its latest single.

The band debuted its take on Saliva’s hit song ‘Always’ Nov. 6. The band also debuted the video for the cover the same day. The video features the band in a studio setting as it performs the song, which stays quite true to Saliva’s original song.

Kingdom Collapse front man Jonathan Norris talked briefly about the band’s decision to cover ‘Always’ in a prepared statement.

“‘Always’ was a favorite of mine since I was younger,” he said. “I talked with Paul Crosby (drummer of Saliva) and the band about releasing it, and they gave us their blessing. It is pretty surreal!”

Crosby confirmed Norris’ statements in his own comments

“Jonathan and the guys in Kingdom Collapse did an incredible job with ‘Always’,” said Crosby. “They’re one of rock’s next up and coming bands, and it’s awesome to see them cover one of our biggest songs” said Crosby.

‘Always’ is just the latest single from Kingdom Collapse. The band debuted its own original song ‘Uprise,’ in May. The song has proven hugely successful since its premiere.

Kingdom Collapse manager Aaron Smith recently talked about the success of ‘Uprise.’

“I’m very proud of what Jonathan and the band have accomplished,” said Smith. “We’ve all been working tirelessly over the past few years to build this, and it’s an incredible feeling to see how positively people are responding to ‘Uprise.’” This may be the world’s first mainstream taste of Kingdom Collapse, but the band has quietly amassed 4,000,000+ YouTube views and 2,000,000+ Spotify streams leading up to the release of ‘Uprise.’

Specifically speaking, ‘ Uprise’ most recently reached #39 on Billboard’s Mainstream Rock Top 40 Chart and #35 on the Mediabase Rock Top 40 chart. Additionally, the single reached the #1 most played song on SiriusXM Octane in July. It has also since been added to Spotify’s Rock Hard playlist and played on Music Choice.

The band debuted its most recent single, ‘Suffer‘ in July.

More information on Kingdom Collapse’s cover of ‘Always’ is available along with all of the band’s latest news at:

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/kingdomcollapse

Twitter: http://twitter.com/kingdomcollapse

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Faith & Scars’ Debut LP Presents Plenty Of Firepower

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Independent rock band Faith & Scars’ debut album Revolver officially drops today.  The eight-song record runs only 26-minutes, but in that time, it proves itself a strong debut from the band.  That is proven in part through the record’s collective musical arrangements.  They will be discussed shortly.  For all that the arrangements do for the album’s presentation, it does bring about at least one concern – its sequencing.  The sequencing does not make the album a failure, but is something that cannot be ignored.  It will be addressed a little later.  The concern raised by Revolver’s sequencing is its only real notable negative.  Its impact is lessened through an examination of the record’s lyrical content, which when coupled with the musical arrangements, makes for even more appeal.  Considering the noted appeal and the one minor concern, Revolver still proves itself a work that has plenty of its own firepower.

Faith & Scars’ debut album (and second studio recording – the band’s first studio recording was its 2016 EP Highway Ride) is a positive start for the up-and-coming independent rock band.  That is proven in part through the record’s musical arrangements.  The arrangements in question are largely southern and pure, guitar rock-tinged compositions.  They are easily comparable to works from the likes of Sons of Texas, Charm City Devils, and Black Heart Saints.  That is clear in listening to the twang in the guitar line and the heaviness in the drums.  Front man Roger Glenn’s vocal delivery even has that certain southern rock twang in his delivery style, adding to that noted comparison.  The more modern guitar rock sound makes itself known early on slightly in ‘Rain.’  Right from the song’s opening bars and its heavy intro, listeners get thoughts of Motley Crue.  That influence gives way as the song proceeds, to more of the noted southern rock sound before returning to a more modern rock sound in the choruses.  What’s interesting to note here is that the more modern rock sound in those choruses is comparable to works from Saliva.  Audiences get even more of that Saliva-type sound in ‘Breathe,’ the album’s midpoint.  The Charm City Devils comparison is just as evident in the song’s arrangement as the Saliva influence, adding to its appeal.  ‘Never The Same’ also boasts the noted Saliva influence.  As the album reaches its end, audiences get more of the Motley Crue influence, except in this case, it is in the more subdued fashion akin to that band’s more reserved works.  There is also a slight hint of a Zac Brown Band influence here thanks to the subtlety in the guitar, bass and drums.  Looking back through all of this, what audiences get in Revolver’s musical arrangements is a collection of compositions that gives them a solid range of influences and styles.  That in itself makes for plenty of reason in itself for audiences to hear this record.  For all that the record’s musical content does to help its presentation, the record does raise one concern.  That concern is its sequencing.

Revolver’s sequencing poses a problem that one cannot ignore, yet in the album’s defense, it is not such that it makes the album a failure.  The sequencing proves a problem primarily because of the placement of just one song – ‘Lightning.’  ‘Lightning’ closes out the album and is the record’s sole reserved moment.  Even ‘Never The Same,’ which does have its own slightly reserved points, is not as pulled back as this song’s arrangement.  Every other moment in this eight-song record is so adrenaline-fueled.  So to go from having so much energy throughout to the stark, sudden change in the record’s finale is just uncomfortable.  Listeners will find themselves wanting to accept the song’s placement, but it is just so difficult.  Looking at the album from a purely observational standpoint, it would have made so much more sense to made the song the record’s midpoint.  Had the band (and whomever made the final decision on the sequencing) gone that route, the album would have been a perfect start for the band.  That is especially the case in considering the overall structure of ‘Never The Same.’  The way in which that song balances its more fiery and more reserved moments and the way in which it closes would have made for a much smoother finale.  Of course hindsight is 20/20.  Again, this is a concern that listeners cannot ignore, but even considering that, is not enough to ruin the album’s presentation.  The record’s lyrical content couples with its musical arrangement to make for even more appeal.

The lyrical content featured in Revolver is important to note in examining the album because of its accessibility.  Case in point is the lyrical content featured in the album’s lead single, ‘Breathe.’  The band talked about that content in a prepared statement back in March when the band premiered the song and its video. 

“In a time where the world seems so divided, ‘Breathe’ is a song meant to crate hope for anyone who is struggling,” the statement reads.  “We want to let everyone know that they are not alone in the trials they face.  We hope that we can lead by example and show that even when life brings you to your lowest point, you can still rise up and live a life worth leading.”

On another note, audiences get a southern pride anthem of sorts in ‘Nothin’ Wrong.’  Glenn sings in the song, that “there ain’t nothin’ wrong wit ha rebel yell/Take a shot of whiskey/And raise some hell.”  There are also mentions of enjoying trips to Louisiana, Florida, North Carolina, etc.  Again, this is a full-on tribute to all things southern.  It will definitely get its share of audiences putting their horns in the air.  It is just one more example of what makes the album’s lyrical content so important.  ‘Long Way Home’ presents yet another way in which the album’s lyrical content proves so important.

‘Long Way Home’ is a song that centers on one’s self-care, according to a statement that the band released upon the debut of the single’s video.

“We wrote ‘Long Way Home’ as a reminder to remain grounded, in tune with yourself, and focused in the midst of the storm that is life,” the statement reads in part. “Oftentimes life will strike us like a tidal wave. Saying it can be hard to endure is an understatement. The lyrics promote positive state of mind, & self caring. We believe that, especially in the unknown, taking that extra moment to breathe, relax, and re-align with oneself is crucial to maintaining a positive mindset.”

The noted statement is illustrated as Glenn sings about being wary “of the whiskey sunrise,” “the blind man,” and encouraging people to heed the man’s words.  The added note of taking “the long way home/Back to the place where I’m from” is, in its own way, a reminder that people need to keep their priorities in order.  It echoes the comments in the statement.  Keeping that in mind along with the equally accessible themes in the other noted songs’ lyrical content (and that of the rest of the album’s songs) the album’s lyrical content in whole leaves zero doubt about its importance to the record’s whole.  When the record’s lyrical content is considered along with its companion musical content, that collective content in whole counters the record’s one concern to make the presentation in whole a still positive work from Faith & Scars.

Faith & Scars’ debut album Revolver is a record whose presentation hits the mark in nearly every way.  That is due in part to its accessible musical arrangements.  The arrangements will appeal widely to southern rock fans, those of classic and even more modern rock sounds.  It couples with the record’s equally accessible lyrical content to make this record quite a positive presentation even despite the concern raised in the album’s sequencing.  Keeping all of this in mind, Revolver is a work that is a near perfect first full-length recording from Faith & Scars.  The record is available now.

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Faith & Scars Debuts ‘Breathe’ Video

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Independent rock band Faith & Scars debuted the video for its new single this week.

The band debuted the video for its new song ‘Breathe‘ Friday. The song is featured on the band’s forthcoming album Revolver. Pre-orders for Revolver are open now.

The band’s debut album, Revolver is the follow-up release to the band’s 2016 EP Highway Ride.  Audiences can listen to the EP in full on the band’s official website.

The video, directed by Jaiden Hord Frost, features the band performing its new single in a boxing ring, as a means to illustrate the song’s message of how we as a people are combating so much each day.  The song’s musical arrangement is a familiar blues-based rock composition that will appeal to fans of said genre.

The song’s lyrical theme is meant to present an uplifting message, according to a statement from the band.

“In a time where the world seems so divided, ‘Breathe’ is a song meant to crate hope for anyone who is struggling,” the statement reads.  “We want to let everyone know that they are not alone in the trials they face.  We hope that we can lead by example and show that even when life brings you to your lowest point, you can still rise up and live a life worth leading.”

Faith and Scars is from Selma, North Carolina.  The band has toured with the likes of Saliva, Flaw, Adema and Powerman 5000 since its inception in 2004.

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Website: http://www.faithandscars.com

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Twitter: http://twitter.com/faithandscars

 

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Discrepancies Debuts ‘Control’ Video

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Rap-rock band Discrepancies is working on its sophomore album.

In anticipation of its release, the band released a new tune this week to tide fans over.  The band debuted the video for its single ‘Control’ Thursday.  The song’s arrangement will appeal to fans of bands, such as Linkin Park, Payable on Death and Saliva.  the song’s lyrical theme presents an uplifting message about not giving up in life by using the band’s own touring as the basis for that message.

‘Control’ is available to stream and download now through Spotify, Google Play, Amazon, Apple Music and YouTube.

Discrepancies is in the midst of a string of live dates as it prepares its new, as yet untitled album.  Audiences will be able to hear ‘Control’ and more at the band’s upcoming live shows.  The band’s tour schedule is noted below.

 

Upcoming shows:

FEB 08 Shaker’s Bar- Cape Girardeau, MO

MAR 06 Whiskey’s Roadhouse- Rockford, IL

MAR 07 Back Bar- Janesville, WI

JUL 25 Pipestem Spa, Mountain Chalets & Event Center- Pipestem, WV

More information on Discrepancies’ new single, live dates and more is available online at:

 

Website: http://www.discrepanciesmusic.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/Discrepancies

Twitter: http://twitter.com/Discrepanciestv

 

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