Posts Tagged ‘drums’

Random song post, Volume 11

July 2, 2010

Mayday Parade – “Jamie All Over” (A Lesson in Romantics, Fearless, 2007): Combining the dual vocals of frontman Derek Sanders and former vocalist/guitarist/lyricist Jason Lancaster, and boasting a high level of production courtesy of Zack Odom & Kenneth Mount, the irresistably catchy pop rock of, “Jamie All Over, ” can’t be ignored, nor denied.  Jake Bundrick’s drums are simple, solid and laden with just the right amount of creativity without the tendency to overplay.  Rounded out with occasional bursts of half-time during the bridge and outro, “Jamie All Over, ” is yet another excellent entry into a genre that could use more songs like this.

The Swellers – “Fire Away” (Ups and Downsizing, Fueled By Ramen, 2009): Immediately coming out of the gate with a 6/8 attack of aggressive drums and guitars, this unrelenting burst of energy only briefly comes down during the verses, which itself is short-lived, bringing to mind early Foo Fighters.  Even more Foo comparisons can be found in frontman Nick Diener’s vocals and guitar, and his brother Jonathan’s fantastic work on the drum kit, similar to the chemistry found in Dave Grohl and his drummer Taylor Hawkins.  As a die-hard Foo fanatic, it’s easy to see this Michigan quartet filling their shoes one day-in fact, they might already have.

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Review: Rose Pedal Division, “Sinking Ship”

July 2, 2010

Kevin Cheney, the mastermind behind the solo electronic act Ankhabar, has proven himself to have a toolbox loaded with diverse musical abilities, especially when one takes into consideration the recent release of Sinking Ship, the debut release of his side project Rose Pedal Division.  Throughout the course of this five-song EP, we’re treated to not only a look back at a classic era in music, but also an embrace of modern rock sensibilities, both of which come together beautifully to create a fantastic ride.

Opening track, “Call To Arms, ” is a fine introduction to the EP, with solid vocals and gritty guitars.  Almost instantly a strong grunge influence can be felt, recalling groups like Alice In Chains, one that seamlessly carries over into the slow burner, “Embrace, ” in addition to the follow-up songs, “Tecumseth, ” and, “Tell Her To Go.  ”  The latter two songs, in particular, showcase a wide range that goes from slow and raw to fast paced and exciting.  All of this, however, is merely setup for the closer, “When You, ” easily the finest song this EP has to offer.

My recommendation?  Don’t miss this.  Sinking Ship represents both an excellent achievement in the art of music, as well as an enticing treat of what’s to come.  It’s truly a standout in this musical environment, and I can’t wait to hear more.

You can purchase the Sinking Ship EP at http://www.rosepedaldivision.com, in addition to iTunes, Amazon mp3, Napster, Medianet, emusic and Rhapsody.

EDIT: It turns out, after speaking with Mr.  Cheney himself, that the aforementioned tracklisting is incorrect-while this is how it appears on Amazon, it’s not the originial order as presented on the physical copy of the EP itself.  It should actually read:

1 When You

2 Tecumseth

3 Embrace

4 Tell Her To Go

5 Call To Arms

Even though this author was wrong about the layout of the songs on the disc, this new order presents an all-new feel.  Opening with, “When You, ” a song labeled earlier as the best on the EP, is a brilliant choice, after which the diverse nature of Rose Pedal Division (and, subsequently, Kevin Cheney) is presented through the following three songs.  Closing with, “Call To Arms, ” now seems like an appropriate way to end this musical experience.  Credit must also be given to drummer Anthony Brown, who assisted on the recording with an unbelievable performance.

Random song post, Volume 10

June 16, 2010

Had a little extra time on my hands.  Reviewed a few extra songs.  Here ya go.

All Time Low – “Lost In Stereo” (Nothing Personal, Hopeless, 2009): Fun, exciting rock from a band that could very well be sliding into Fall Out Boy and blink182’s shoes at this very moment.  With similarities to most of Cartel and New Found Glory’s respective catalogs of music, it’s a solid entry into the pop/punk genre.

The Spill Canvas – “Our Song” (Realities EP, Sire, 2010): Despite a noticeable gap since their last full-length, South Dakota’s The Spill Canvas have managed to tide us over with the recent release of two EPs, Abnormalities and Realities, the latter of which boasts the single, “Our Song, ” easily the epitome of everything this band stands for when it comes to music and a fine representation of their sound.  Frontman Nick Thomas’ distinctive, somewhat aggressive voice drives the song, while the rest of the band follows along nicely with appropriate guitars and drums.

Weezer – “I’m Your Daddy” (Raditude, DGC/Interscope, 2009): On Weezer’s seventh full-length Raditude, these emo/powerpop pioneers took their already diverse musical history into yet another direction, best indicated on songs like the singles, “(If You’re Wondering If I Want You To) I Want You To, ” and, “I’m Your Daddy.  ”  It’s the latter of the two songs that sees frontman Rivers Cuomo in prime shape, bringing back a voice not heard since most of the 90s and a band that seems to remember how they used to sound.  With a fantastic mix of drum machines, synthesizer, and Weezer’s trademark over-the-top guitars, “I’m Your Daddy, ” stands as a great example of how far Weezer has come, and what they’re still capable of.

Silversun Pickups – “The Royal We” (Swoon, Dangerbird, 2009): Awesome.  Just awesome.  Hard to believe such a thunderous sound (especially during the chorus) could come from a bunch of shoegazers like the Silversun Pickups.  Touches of string instruments add to the tension ever present throughout the song, and frontman Brian Aubert’s voice sounds just as good as ever.