CD Review – Se7en Sided – Life On Hold
Released – September 20, 2011
by Jade Sperry
Se7en Sided are a stellar band from Edmonton AB. Their CD Life On Hold was released on September 20, 2011. At that time I was hospitalized and couldn’t even listen the CD until I was released in early October. The 12 song CD is a good progression from their first CD “The Silver Lining. The band had Randor Lin produce and engineer the CD and it was mastered by Charles Carvalho at Joao Carvalho Mastering. I really enjoy this bands’ music as it speaks the truth about how lives are lived – it’s honest music. Not a lot of bands do that – tell it like it is. Straight up music.
The track listing is as follows:
1. All I Got
4. Wild One
5. Do You Miss Me?
6. Who We Are
7. You and the Rain
8. Thank You
9. Carry On
10. I Wouldn’t Trade
Edmonton’s Se7en Sided
All of the songs on this CD are very well written musically. Lyrically, I find this band has honest music and I think that has carried over to this new CD from the 2010’s The Silver Lining. I hear more maturity with the songs lyrically which is good because time marches on. Darren Rogers fronts the band and has superb vocals with a good range. Dan Sittler is shredding with lead guitars, Marcus Engel on bass and Aaron Hanley on drums. This band is musically tight and you can hear how well they perform as one unit in studio and onstage. They’ve played with bands like Econoline Crush, Defualt, Armchair Cynics, The Artist Life and Social Code.
Starting out the CD is “All I Got” which starts with a female voice letting you know what’s coming up with a 30 second spot of guitar work and then full on into a fast tempo, slightly punked out guitars and then its off in another direction musically – more rock and a ballad like melody in the middle eights. Basically it’s a song about true feelings of devotion. Following the person who means the most to you. This is a really well written song both lyrically and musically. “Restart” starts out fairly slow and questions a relationship that maybe hasn’t fully ended and how to face that emotion in each other. The bass and drums work well together as does the guitars. Awesome song! This writer’s favorite song is “Letter” that is pure kick ass music. The guitars just shred so good and the melody flows out of the instruments like a waterfall. I really dig the melody of this song in general and I honestly can say that this music is Se7en Sided and original. “Who We Were” starts out like a ballad with slow lead in music that gets a bit more defined by about the 1 minute 50 second mark. Going separate ways is hard to deal with at any point in time but as days goes by you realize that you’ve grown in an opposite way to your partner’s life.
Other songs that are a highlight – “Carry On” and “I Wouldn’t Trade”. Overall this CD has songs and lyrics for anyone to listen and relate to. Honest music through and through.
Live Acoustic Session (from October 23, 2011) which is from the band’s YouTube channel.