Showing posts from April, 2019

BlackBird Sons Rock and Roll Ain't Dead

Words were written by Anselm Anderson B lackbird sons  are a four-piece from Finland, that plays energetic rock and roll with a hint of classic rock. The band is influenced by AC/DC, The Who, and ZZ Top, which can be characterized by the fist-pumping, riff-driven burst of raw sound that exudes from their music.  " Rock and Roll Ain't Dead" is the first single from the band's upcoming EP, a follow-up to 2017's self-published debut Back In the Game .  The track kicks off with a burst of pure adrenaline as the high-tempo riff instantly gets your head swinging. lead singer Niko Hamalainen enters the fray with a lung-bursting roar that tells you this is a band that likes to enjoy themselves when playing. The band plays with a closeness that excels in how they play off each other. Bassist Lauri Aaltonen plays in impeccable time like a metronome that dictates the tempo, which culminates in some breakdowns that build towards the hook-laden cries of  " Rock

JT Larsen- Southern Indiana Nights

Words were written by Anselm Anderson JT Larsen is an Americana singer/songwriter from Indianapolis. Larsen grew up in a house of musicians, which he began to focus on after leaving college. He soon concentrated on his own songwriting skills to formulate a catalogue of songs to perform around his local area. Larsen plays Americana with a hint of Rock and Roll, which has lead to comparisons to Country stars   Jason Isbell     and   Blitzen Trapper .   He now showcases his talents for the first time with debut single Southern Indiana Nights, a track he explains is about ; "A girl who I was dating at the time called and said she wanted to end things. I remember being obviously upset at the time so I grabbed my keys and went out for a drive to clear my head. At some point during the drive I started to think about some of the things I still do have, like some of my good friends from my childhood. When I got back home, I went back to my little 8-track recorder and

The Skys- Communication

Words Were Written by Anselm Anderson The Skys  are a highly revered rock outfit from Lithuania, who have toured extensively around the world to critical acclaim. The band has several albums to date, including Automatic Minds,  the band's latest studio release; which was produced by Grammy award-winning  Dom Morley  ( Amy Winehouse). Communication  is one of the singles from the album that features The Voice USA contestant  India Carney  on vocals. The track combusts between a multitude of harmonic lines and heavy beats that are reminiscent of the prog music  Pink Floyd and Genesis  were so fond of producing.  The opening sequence begins with an apparent transmission before breaking into the eerie vocals that repeats " We all see through cancer". The hypnotic bass lines then join in tandem to create a dreamlike atmosphere that builds through each bar until the counterpoint to male vocals enters with the first verse. The juxtaposition of vocals helps to convey the

Andrea Templon- Dragonflies on Wings

Words were written by Anselm Anderson  Andrea Templon  is a versatile talent hailing from North Carolina. The singer has a rare ability to encompass a variety of genres into her music, including jazz, folk, blues, and Americana. This is nowhere better explored in her latest release " Dragonflies With Wings" , The singer's second album that features covers and originals with Dave Fox.  The ten song album is rich with warmth and poignancy that delivers with charm and attentiveness that is suitable for those who enjoy easy listening music. I will be giving a run through of some of the album's highlights; The album begins with  A Fine Thing , a beautifully written and enchanting track that opens with the bright sound of the piano that gives the song an intimate feel as if Templon is singing directly to the listener in a lounge somewhere. This is reflective in her introspective lyrics that evoke  a love ballad that comes to life with Templon's nourishing tone t