CD Review – Gerard Way – Hesitant Alien


Everyone who ever liked or heard My Chemical Romance knows who Gerard Way is.  I was never a big MCR fan, but I have to admit, The Killjoys struck a chord deep in the depths of my being.  Aliens, apocalypses and giant animal heads are great but a “hesitant” alien is intriguing – and a good title to a début CD as a solo artist.

Gerard has accomplished many things in his short time on this planet – he’s fronted the highly successful band mentioned above, has 2 comic book series under his belt, is a good songwriter and has a family.  He is married to Lyn Z, has a daughter (Bandit who’s 6) and from where I stand, he is enjoying what he’s doing as it’s on his own terms now.  You still have to be part of the “machine” but it’s better to be in a good position from within the “machine”. Being a solo artist is hard when you’ve had the security of a well oiled band behind you.  But, Gerard is doing it his way and it seems to be paying off.

When I received the package with some nice things inside, it was the CD that stood out in it’s simplicity.  The photography is well done, showing a “hesitation” photo of Gerard on the front.  I’ve really enjoyed the videos, the tour and other things I’ve seen on Facebook and YouTube.  I caught a full show on YT from the UK Redding show and also some really well done interviews.  Facebook took me to many articles and interviews from Gerard and I have to say, I like this guy.

The CD was produced by Doug McKean.  It was engineered by Doug McKean and Tom Rasulo.  Recorded at Sonic Ranch in Tomillo TX and at Lightning Sound Studio in Hidden Hills CA.  Assistant Engineers are Gerardo “Jerry” Ordonez, Zach Mauldin, Lance Sumner and Andrew Law.  Mixed by Tchad Blake at Full Mongrel, Wales UK.  And the CD was mastered by Bob Ludwig at Gateway Mastering in Portland, ME.  The band members besides Gerard are Ian Fowles (guitars), Matt Gormey (bass) and Jarrod Alexander (drums).

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Having said the above, let’s move onto the CD itself.  The tracks are in this order:

  1. The Bureau
  2. Action Cat
  3. No Shows
  4. Brother
  5. Millions
  6. Zero Zero
  7. Juarez
  8. Drugstore Perfume
  9. Get the Gang Together
  10. How It’s Going To Be
  11. Maya The Psychic

There are many discussions from fans on many threads about the fact that they don’t like the new bands that the other band members have formed.  And many don’t like the new solo direction that Gerard is taking.  Life changes and things move forward.  As you age, you’ll understand that.  You have to grow and change – experience different things and situations with other people. Otherwise, the repetition is a death chant to some of us who are creative.

Taking the CD at face value for the music, I found the music to be pretty much what Gerard is saying in his interviews. He’s exploring totally different sounds (a departure from the MCR sound) from the Britpop phase in the 90’s to glam rock from the early 70’s.  And he has a really definitive way he wants it to be heard.  If you read the fine print on this CD, Gerard plays bass, guitars, percussion, piano and keyboards.  And Gerard’s brother, Mikey, even does some vocal work on the song “Millions”.  All lyrics were written by Gerard with various other people under Sub Atomic Tourist Music and others affiliated with the other person writing with Gerard.  And if anyone wants to know why sometimes you see Blonde hair on Gerard, you have to bleach your hair blonde and then dye it again.  It’s a process.

The first song “The Bureau” has got some crazy sounds going on – heavy fuzzed out guitars in a simple 2/3 chord structure – which sounds like someone is on caffeine and maybe a bit on the paranoid side.  Interesting that there is a British phone ringing at the end.   Lyrically it speaks of “get in/get out” and “everybody keep it calm tonight”.  The impression I see is that Gerard is making it clear that something different is coming up.  It’s not like MCR music, and it’s a good statement.

With “Action Cat” it’s like after the paranoia, let’s have fun and enjoy a pop song.  Pure and simple.  I’ve been listening to this song for a while and I like the part that goes “we can make it up again”.  Everyday is like being a new version of the last version.  Actions and decisions are all part of the process.  I have a deep impression that this song has something to do with his daughter Bandit and how he sees the purity of childhood imagination and how to be inspired by that.  I like the chorus, it speaks of “we can make it up again” plus “and we don’t care we just pretend”.  It also is saying to the innocent “Do you miss me/cuz I miss you”.  The music in the bridge is pretty cool with the guitars and is simple but effective.

“No Shows” reminds me immediately of not touring and missing and questioning the self.  It could be family life and strong bonds between two partners.  It could also mean questioning the whole “lifestyle” of your professions.  I like how the lyrics leave you guessing and is in the third person meaning this song can be about anyone who works a job and has a family.  Well structured, a little lazy in it’s feeling and a very solid melody, this is a good pop song.

Moving on to the song “Brother” it sounds melancholy with a sweet and perhaps down feeling melody.  With lyrics like  “can’t sleep tonight”,  “cuz now we don’t sing so loud” and “remember when you and I would make things up” is some a song of fond memories recent and past.  And it could mean more people than just a brother – wife, child, mother, father, etc.  It’s a well structured song that speaks from personal experience.

“Millions” has a slight off tune sound but works well within the structure of the song itself.  The music sounds very much like the Manchester sound from the early to late 90’s like Blur and Pulp.  It’s a good pop song in the fashion of an era that defined music from this area of the globe.

Another song to hit up is “Maya The Psychic”.  The music is fast, upbeat and almost reminds me of a tamer version of what Gerard used to be in MCR.  One lyric that stands out to me in this song “but when you read my future/are we running home or running free today?” which totally strikes a very deep chord in me.  I must admit when I’ve had a bad thought of someone else in front of me it usually happens.  Or having dreams come true.  “Use weapons of clairvoyance” directed to “teenage believers” is consistent with blocking radio waves from all sorts of metallic devices. There have been studies on this.

All in all, this is a good effort at a solo career and direction to take to expand your knowledge and musical tastes to an individual.  I’m interested in what direction this will go.  I hope that sometime in the future Gerard puts out more music of his own for sharing.  Other songs on the CD to check out are “Zero Zero” and “Drugstore Perfume”.

Enjoy the videos and the interviews posted for this album.

Jesse and the Dandelions – CD review of “The Lions Tooth”


Jesse and the Dandelions – The Lions Tooth

Download the album here for FREE:  Download THE LIONS TOOTH

Released:  February 15, 2011

by Jade Sperry

Congratulations to Jesse and the Dandelions for being the 100th post here on WP blog!!  Thanks guys for this milestone that I share with you!!

Jessie and the Dandielions

This trio of musicians come from Lethbridge AB and they are Jesse Northey, Nick Vedres and Tyler Stewart.  There is an interesting story of Jesse when he was younger – he was a figure skater who was the best and the only boy who did such a thing and was known in Fernie BC for figure skating.  But, when Jesse was in grade 7, kids starting beating him up because of his passion for skating.  So he got his parents to get him an electric guitar which was a bright blue strat knockoff – a “Yamaha Pacifica”.

This band is inspired (and have toured with) Hey Ocean!, Attack In Black and We Are The City.  They have some exposure from their debut on CBC Radio 3, Canadian community radio stations as well as Alberta’s CKUA.  And they bring in the banjo and harmonica along with electric guitars.

The CD is on Esper Records, which is an indie label from Lethbridge AB.

They have their first album of 9 songs and the list is as follows:

1.  Advice

2.  Bible and a Gun

3.  Cait from L.A.

4.  Every Move a Picture

5.  In Limbo

6.  Lion and a Bird

7.  When You Die You Get A Planet

8.  Where The Wild Things Are

9.  Van

This is a really good tight musically driven band.  The music reminds me of Bob Dylan meeting Jet (from Australia).  “Advice” has a good melody and is stripped down instrument wise.  And they have musical breaks that are in time and on time.  I can hear a Nirvana influence in the guitars and it sounds really awesome in this song in particular.  Fast paced and funky with a dash of Nirvana.  “In Limbo” has a Spanish flavor in the melody.  The song is mostly in minor notes which give it a darker side but in a subtle way.  (“Torn between the yes and the no”) is a good way to describe most people in this day and age.  And it  just sounds so damn cool as do the guitars in the middle.

All in all, I really dig the music in general.  The only downside for this writer is the song “When You Die You Get A Planet” which has a melody and opening that is very much like the band Jet with their song “Are You Gonna Be My Girl”.  Other than that, I think this band could go places as long as they are dedicated to the music.  Another song that is very good is “Van” which is live off the floor.  Great sound!

I’m looking forward to seeing them tomorrow night in Vancouver at the Whiskey Dix.  They are also playing in Victoria tonight (February 24) so if you need a place to go tonight for a fun atmosphere, check out Logan’s Pub.  Band is on first so get there early!

They are playing a show tonight n Vancouver at  Whiskey Dix w/ Community Trees and My Dearest Friends

A live video of Jesse and the Dandielions with a song called ONLY A ROCKET CAN SAVE US on Vimeo.

Interview with … Vancouver band The Niche’s Gabriel Savage


In early September, I had just sent out interview questions to a few people when I had to stop all work and ended up in the hospital due to a major drug reaction that took me down literally.  I’m at home and recovering now, but, I’m kind of in a weakened state due to the burns on my legs and feet.

I have just received these back from Gabriel Savage of the Vancouver band THE NICHE who were the Band of the Month with CFOX this past October 2011.  There is a lot of buzz about this band because they are a performance based band with terrific music.  They don’t have a lot of music online yet, but that’s only a matter of time before that happens.

I’m reviewing a song that was sent to me called “A LA RUE” which sounds like a carnival trip on the psychedelic side of life.  I’m reminded of 1960’s band The Doors, but, Gabriel takes the song and makes it his own vocally.  I’ve seen this band in action onstage and they are dynamite! Kaylar definitely rounds out the band with her odd sounds from the keys or her sax, Ryley does a great rhythm and lead guitar in this song, new member Chris is funked out with his root bass chords through the song and Mario’s drums carry the song on into infinity.  I really dig this band and its not hard to figure out why.

The current lineup is as follows:

Gabriel Savage – Vox

Ryley Kirkpatrick – Guitars

Chris Seversen – Bass

Kaylar Chan – Keyboards/Sax

Mario Beer – Drums and percussion

The Niche

The Niche live @ the Railway Club, Vancouver BC – photo courtesy of the band

What goals in relation to the band are you setting now to work towards over the next year?

We’re working towards releasing our EP within the next six months. We’ve just trained a new bass player so we had to take a break from recording for a while. We’re hoping to be able to get everything done by Spring. The songs are all there and ready, now it’s just about having the funds and resources to back us in the process.

What personal goals has the band as a whole achieved in the last year?

For the most part, we’re happy with where we’re at. Everyone’s enjoying the stages as they come and are looking forward to the next steps. Being Fox’s Band of the Month for October had its benefits, and so does playing shows regularly. We’re always happy to hear the good things people have to say after we play for them, so that’s always a bonus. As far as goals though, we’re just happy to have come this far in only a year, and are looking forward to the next stages of our career together.

As a band, what has been the best thing that has happened, and the worst thing?

The best thing is that we’re all still playing with each other and are enjoying our time together. Like I said, it’s always great to hear such positive feedback; it keeps us enjoying what we do knowing that others are enjoying it also. I can’t think of the “worst thing” yet. I think everything has happened in good time and for a good reason.
At first it was a bit of a drag losing Cory and having to go about finding a suitable replacement –which always takes a long time— but now that we’ve got Chris on the team it’s been really great. He’s been a great addition for the band and we all really enjoy working with him.

How do you see the current state of the Corporate Music Industry? Do you think it has changed since the “old” days before the internet? And, how do you feel about the DIY bands that are becoming mainstream? (arcade fire for example)

There’s no doubt that it’s changed, but that’s the way things have to happen. We have to evolve with the world around us. That goes for all aspects of the media. These days, if you want something, you’ve just got to work all that much harder for it, which makes it all the more worth it when it finally happens.
Arcade Fire are doing really well for themselves and that’s great to see.

Do you feel that the band has control over how your music reaches the fans? And if yes why do you feel this way and what factors into that?

Yes, being Indie has its benefits. There isn’t a lot of censorship, and we can pretty much say, do, write, and perform anything we want without any legal binds. There’s no doubt that it would be easier to reach people if we had all of our ducks in order (a finished album/EP/quality videos, etc) but right now, we’re doing everything on a real tight Indie budget so it does make it hard to do the right things all at once.

How would you describe your music to someone who has never heard your music before?

The mood I get from it is a sense of being aware but not quite at home with your surroundings. Kind of like a sailor who goes out to sea, prepared for the storm, but not necessarily ready for it to happen, you know what I mean? It’s got sort of a heavy, dark, gloomy feeling, but there’s more to it than that. There’s a sense of depth that people probably won’t hear if they’re just dancing or drinking at the bar, but that’s not to say they won’t enjoy it. They just wont walk away as satisfied as the people who were paying attention. I’d really like to try something a little different than what we’ve been doing. Maybe a couple hip-hop tunes, or something considered more “Pop”, just to give it a try and show people that we’re not stuck sounding the way we do, we just choose this sound over others because we feel it gets our message across in a way that isn’t really being done these days.

The Niche on tour – photo courtesy of the band

Who are the primary songwriters in the band?

So far I’ve written all the lyrics, but as a band we all of an equal say in the songwriting process. Sometimes I’ll come up with most of the idea on a guitar or bass, but after the initial blossom I usually pass the idea on to Ryley or Chris to give it some extra flare. I use instruments as more of a songwriting tool. That’s why you’ll only ever see me with a microphone and maybe a maraca on stage. (laughs). Although I do have a harmonica mic, but I just use it to achieve a sort of Tom Waits vocal effect, kind of like a megaphone.

Collectively, how does the songwriting process within the band go? Do you jam it out in rehearsal space?

We all work together to write the songs. Most of the time it starts with lyrics and a melody, but there are a handful of songs that have emerged from just a guitar or bass lick, or some sort of sound from the keyboards. Usually I’ll come into a session with an idea, and then the band will work some sort of arrangement around my lyrics. It all comes together pretty naturally though, it’s really quite a special process to be able to be involved in.

How did you come up with the band name?

I got the idea from “The Birth of Tragedy” where Nietzsche talks about the artistic elements of the ancient Greeks. ‘The Niche’ is meant to refer to the joining of the two different opposing art forms, that of Apollo, god of structure and stability, and that of the more dreamlike & ecstatic creations of Dionysus.
We’ve got an interesting balance of artists in the band, we’re all very different from each other, yet are perfectly suited for each other creatively. I think the name just really sums us up to a point that no other name would be able to achieve. Anyone who reads the Birth of Tragedy will probably get a pretty good idea as to what it is I’m trying to do.

What is your opinion on the music scene in Vancouver? Do you feel that there are enough venues for bands to book shows? And is there a lot of competition as well?

There are lots of venues and lots of bands to play them. There are a handful of swell promotion companies out there, however not many of them have touched us because we’re considered “too different” from most of the other bands in the circuit. I don’t blame them though, we haven’t got enough quality tunes online to really give the promoters an idea of what we’re about. So it’s been a struggle, we’ve had to book a lot of our own shows or team up with bands that we’ve become friends with. But its been fun, I’ve got no hard feelings, I’m pretty patient and forgiving! (laughs)

What bands/singers/songwriters did you all listen to growing up? And why are/were they important to you now that you’re in a band?

We each come from different musical and artistic backgrounds which, when blended together, sound like something that isn’t quite jazz, isn’t quite funk, and doesn’t fall under the typical blues structure, so we’ve been calling it ‘Sonic Rock’. Just sounds, man. A lot of the music is written to be a sort of soundtrack to the lyrics and images we try to convey with the songs.
I can’t really speak for everyone else, but my biggest musical influences were Elvis, Sinatra, and Johnny Cash. One was a performer, the other could croon, and man, could Cash tell a great story.

Before this band you had another band – what happened to Kick The Ashes?

Yeah, I joined Kick the Ashes as their songwriter. It wasn’t really my project, I was just another member. We were together for just under a year until we decided it was time to kick the bucket on Kick the Ashes.

How did you meet all the band members in The Niche? Are there members from Kick The Ashes?

I met Ryley and Mario through Kick the Ashes. We started playing with each other again in 2010 and decided to form another band. From there we had auditions for a bass player, and then Ryley’s girlfriend, Kaylar, came into the picture as the keyboardist & saxophone player.

What’s the best part about being in The Niche?

I just love that my words are being put to use, It’s great to have the opportunity to be able to present your artistic creations in such a personal and engaging manor. It’s really quite special. Plus, it’s awesome having the opportunity to work some of my closest friends on such a regular basis. I don’t think I could ask for anything more, except for maybe a good record contract, that would sure help us out financially! (laughs)

You can find The Niche at the following locations:

The Niche website

Facebook

Twitter

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CD Review – Shortwave – The Skyline Versus


CD Review – Shortwave – The Skyline Verses

Released: 8 February 2011 (EMI Music)

by Jade Sperry

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Anthems of heartbreak and triumph that tug at the heartstrings and speak to the masses. New-wave indie-rock that is smart and sexy. Pulsating dance-rock and contemplative ballads. Toronto’s own Shortwave have managed to capture it all on their debut full-length album The Skyline Verses, available February 8 via EMI Music / MB Distribution.

With seasoned producer Byron Kent Wong (The Crystal Method, Beck) at the helm, The Skyline Verses blends together vintage analogue warmth with a forward leaning attitude, creating an album that is as contemporary and immediate as it is reminiscent and familiar. It is also the long awaited follow up from a band that has recently shared the stage with an eclectic range of artists from Cracker to The Waking Eyes.

The five members of Shortwave have been together for over five years and are brothers Ry and Sager Johnson (guitar), who grew up in Toronto with Devin Jannetta (drums), forming various bands and sharing stages with the likes of Big Sugar, Junkhouse and Super Friendz. With the addition of long time friend, Cary Parker, the band’s unique family dynamic was rounded out creating an environment where ideas are explored and honed as they seamlessly shift tempos, layer harmonies and dive into the sonic vastness of keyboards and effects.

Shortwave released their debut EP Breaker/Breaker (2007) and shortly after that, they received a fan letter from Grammy winning producer Malcolm Burn (Neil Young, Bob Dylan, Iggy Pop). Shortwave found themselves in New York recording their self titled sophomore EP in rapid time – one week. Several tracks from Shortwave (2008) received airplay on 102.1 The Edge (Toronto) and CBC Radio (Canada). They were also featured on the first episode of AUX TV’s Master Tracks. Their self-produced video for the single “Stereo” received rotation on MuchMusic and was also a featured video on MySpace.

Shortwave with producer Byron Kent Wong. Photo courtesy of the band.

Track Listing:

  1. Esther
  2. The Sublime
  3. Horror Show
  4. Your Face Is A Mirror
  5. It’s Time
  6. Louis L’Amour
  7. Motown
  8. Maybe Science
  9. Sea Legs
  10. Stereo
  11. Little Men

With this new collection of songs, I can hear the progression this band has achieved in just over a 4 year period. And with this kind of hard work, it will pay off in the long run of Shortwave. “Esther” is the kind of song that has a great hook, good melodies and all members of the band are locked into each other from the get go. The chord structure is simple but has a good overall effect which the melody and hook call for in this song. Lyrically the song is speaking of wanting to be with a partner and exploring intimacy with one person. It sounds to me like someone in need of being saved by an angel. The chorus and bridges have effective time changes and the infectious overall sound makes for a great dance rock song. “The Sublime” is this writers’ favorite song. The hook and melody are really radio friendly, the vocals are perfectly matched to the music and the band are playing this song as one solid unit. Although the structure of the song itself and chord structure are simple they use it to their advantage. The chorus is dreamy and trippy and makes for a nice break in the song melody. “Louie L’Armour” has a gritty and dirty feel to it and is based somewhat in a blues chord structure. The bass line is sick and funky at the same time. Vocally well done especially in the harmonies. The drumming is shaman-like and the Hammond Organ gives the song a real classic 70’s feel. That is a lot going on in one song and gives you a good look into how good this band is overall. On the lyrical side, it speaks of some kind of apocalypse complete with black horses and their riders, burning cities to the ground and the kind of destruction we see from the recent events in Japan. “Stereo” starts out softly with a piano line followed by the drums. The vocals are soft but speak of being on the road and missing that special someone. A progressive modern ballad done well. The only thing is that again it’s built on a simple but effective chord structure but what gives the song its weight is the layering effect of keyboard and piano lines. The harmonies are beautifully sung and the emotion of the song gives you a forlorn but positive feeling.

Other solid mentions are the songs “Motown”, “Maybe Science” and “Horror Show”. This CD is mixed, mastered and performed well and is an overall good package of music. Fans of progressive alternative rock with blues, classic and psychedelia rock will appreciate the simplicity and passion of the music presented here.


Video – The Sublime

CD Review – The Strokes – Angles


CD Review – The Strokes – Angles

Release Date: March 22, 2011

by Jade Sperry

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The Stokes are back with a 10 song collection on the new CD Angles.

Track listings:

  • Machu Picchu
  • Under Cover of Darkness
  • Two Kinds of Happiness
  • You’re So Right
  • Taken For A Fool
  • Games
  • Call Me Back
  • Gratisfaction
  • Metabolism
  • Life Is Simple In The Moonlight

As everyone pretty much knows The Strokes were formed when teenagers Julian Casablancas (Vocals), Nick Valensi (Guitar) and Fabrizio Moretti (Drums) started playing together at school and, after hooking up with Albert Hammond, Jr. (Guitar) and Nikolai Fraiture (Bass Guitar), they adopted ‘The Strokes’ as their name in 1999, playing local gigs to growing crowds. And they have maintained their fan base to date. Their new songs are collectively a solid set to get people excited.

First off is “Machu Picchu”. This song is a mixture of reggae inspired riffs and dreamy chord structures which The Strokes do so well . The melody of the song is good and the time changes are simple but effective. And Julian’s vocals fit the song very well. It speaks of jealousy and how to not fall into the trappings of disposable things. The fourth song, “You’re So Right” is a really well written song and kind of reminds me of the future of songwriting in some ways. The music reminds me of a twisted and updated Joy Division sound while the vocals are robotic and trace-like in some of the spoken words. Wow. At just over two and a half minutes this song is punk and electronic and Julian’s vocals punctuate in the right places in the verses – the chorus is stark and pleading. The lyrics are very 1984-like and remind me of a futuristic society and how their music might sound. The song is also forlorn in its subtle use of minor tones under the melody. My favorite track is the fifth song “Taken For A Fool”. Scathing lyrics that bite, a good melody, simple chord structures that flow and vocals that perfectly match the music. Loneliness, fast paced lifestyles, the small faults of others, toxic radio and not needing any more woman right now are talked about in a stream of consciousness kind of song. Other favorable mentions are the songs “Games”, “Call Me Back”, “Metabolism” and the final song “Life Is Simple In The Moonlight” which has a beautiful melody.

And The Strokes are now on tour. This article is hot off the press about The Strokes playing a show at SXSW concert which you can find here @ REUTERS.

Video – The Stokes – The making of Angles Part I January 2010

CD Review – Beady Eye – Different Gear, Still Speeding


CD Review – Beady Eye – Different Gear, Still Speeding

Released UK: 28 February 2011

Released NA: 1 March 2011

by Jade Sperry

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Beady Eye is a phoenix that has risen from the ashes of Oasis. This 13 song CD is by far the best work vocally that Liam Gallagher has done in 10 years. He sounds better than ever fronting this band which includes the members Andy Bell, Gem Archer and drummer Chris Sharrock. They are joined on tour only with live musicians Jeff Wootton (bass) and Matt Jones (keyboards). Recorded at RAK Studios with Steve Lillywhite (Peter Gabriel, The Psychedelic Furs and U2) producing the disc.

First off, I find the music on this CD is unique in it’s laid back but aggressive sound that is reminiscent of the British sound from the 1960’s as well as the 1990’s. The first song “Four Letter Word” simply states that “nothing lasts forever”. The music is choppy, fluid and forceful with good time changes and lyrics which give an impression of sending a message out in the universe that Beady Eye is here to stay. “Millionaire” is the second tune which is completely different than the first song. It has some stellar blues guitar work as well as having rock elements in the rhythm of the song. A very interesting and likeable song. “The Roller” is built on a good melody which is expanded by the first bridge of the song. I like this song because it’s stripped down musically and is speaking of “getting on with it”. The feel of the next song musically is definitely more 60’s inspired but “Beatles and Stones” also has modern chord structures which again makes for an interesting song. The melody is choppy but suits the chord structure and the final product sounds amazing. This is a rock and roll song. All of the songs on this CD are well written, produced and mixed as a total package. The music is fluid but choppy and trippy at times, is laid back but aggressive and gives me the impression that this music is more suited to Liam’s personal taste than Oasis ever had for him. That’s no slam against anyone – it’s just an observation about the music and how it’s being performed here on this CD.

Track listing:

  1. Four Letter Word
  2. Millionaire
  3. The Roller
  4. Beatles and Stones
  5. Wind Up Dream
  6. Bring The Light
  7. For Anyone
  8. Kill For A Dream
  9. Standing On The Edge of Noise
  10. Wigwam
  11. Three Ring Circus
  12. The Beat Goes On
  13. The Morning Sun

Other standouts on the CD are “Bring The Light”, “For Anyone”, “Standing On The Edge of Noise” and “The Morning Sun”, which is probably the best acoustically trippy song I’ve heard in 5 years. I would highly recommend this CD to anyone who likes blues, rock and roll and having some good times.

CD Review – Louder Than Love – Dark Days


CD Review – Louder Than Love – Dark Days

Released in November 2010

by Jade Sperry

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CD Cover for Dark Days.

Louder Than Love are a Vancouver based band that likes rocking out in a big way. Melodic with good time changes and strong songwriting skills, this band is going places. The members of the band are Paul Lambert (lead vocals and guitar), Tony Lambert (bass), Dan Okano (keys), Nate Parsons (rhythm guitar) and Tyler Thompson (drums). Their newest CD, Dark Days, is definitely a progression of their music and songwriting as well as playing together as one solid unit.

The song that stood out for this writer on the first listen was the third song “Bringing You In”. What I really like about this song is that it has a real Soundgarden feel musically to it but the band takes that sound and makes it their own. That is progression. Musically the song just flows from the first note to the last note. Lyrically it speaks of a woman permeating the essence of a man. Great song! Another song that stood out was “Michelle”. I really like the groove of this song. It kind of bites you but not in a bad way. I like that there are many musical influences in this song – Pearl Jam, Stone Temple Pilots and Soundgarden – which the band takes and they make it their own unique sound. The bass and drums are locked into each other which moves the song along. Lyrically it sounds like it speaks of not letting the world bring you down in any way.

Nate Parsons and Paul Lambert playing @ The Station, Seattle. Photo by Jade Sperry.

This CD has some really melodic, trippy songs but also has a blues/rock feel to it in many ways such as the songs “Just Like You”, “That Ghost”, “Never Going Back” and “Searchlight Soul”. One other mention – the song “Chemical Love” is a standout too.

The band are playing a show on Saturday March 12 @ The Shark Club with guests The Chase and Nightbus. Tix are $10 in ADVANCE and $13 @ the door. Doors at 8pm.