Thursday, February 23, 2017

“Who’s Gonna Save Us Now” by Crystal Cities – A Song Review

     A number of emotions come into play when a band you already follow releases a new single that is a step above their previous work. There’s an excitement about the possibility of finding a song that will take long-term residence on your go-to playlist. And a hopefulness that the fan base of the band will grow. And an anticipation of the upcoming releases from the band. In today’s case, the wait will be short, since Crystal Cities will drop a 6-track EP next week (March 3).

     “Who’s Gonna Save Us Now” is the title track of the EP. The song is riff-powered along a path of interconnected ear-pleasing features. The vocals are soft and questioning, yet determined. The guitar work is processed, particularly within some areas along the journey, but the sound remains “clean.” At 2:26, “Who’s Gonna Save Us Now” temporally descends into a dream state, which is consistent with Crystal Cities’ description of themselves as Dream Rockers.

     The members of Crystal Cites are Geoff Rana (vocals, guitars), Jared King (bass, backing vocals), and Daniel Conte (drums). “Who’s Gonna Save Us Now” can be streamed via Soundcloud, but won’t go live on Spotify and similar platforms until the EP drops on March 3. 

Quoting Crystal Cities Facebook page:
We spent a year in our mate's garage writing and recording some tracks. It got pretty dreamy (and sweaty)... and we're digging it... it's good to finally be out and giving you these tunes.

We'll be dropping our debut E.P. in March. It's called "Who's Gonna Save Us Now". This is also the title of the lead single (cause ya gotta have a single ya know...). Feels good to open the garage door and set these tracks free into the world and into ya ear holes.

Crystal Cities

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

"Where Has The Fire In You Gone?" by VEYU – A Song Review

     We don’t want to be misunderstood – there are prominent differences between the songs and we enjoy them for fundamentally different reasons. But each time we replay our favorite track from VEYU, we think of Pat Benatar’s 1983 classic “Love Is a Battlefield.” In both the Benatar hit and "Where Has The Fire In You Gone?," the mixing accentuates no-frills yet invigorating drums. The VEYU track isn’t anthemic, but the emotion in the vocals has the feel of an anthem. The songs have very different melodies, but the notes bear similarities when the song titles are shouted by the respective vocalists (that is, the shout of "Where has the fire in you gone?" at the 2:26 mark of the song reminds us of Benatar’s shout “Love is a battlefield”).

     VEYU is based in Liverpool. The five members are Chris Beesley (vocals, guitar), Adam Bresnen (vocals, guitar), Ash Hopkins-(bass), Tom McCabe (drums), and Donovan Collins (synth, keys). "Where Has The Fire In You Gone?" is on the band’s six-track EP “Underbelly.”

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

“The Problem of Evil” by To Kill a King – A Song Review

     As the tombstone shows, we’re not scheduled to pass away until 2052. So, if no post is added for some period of time, we’ve been struck down as a direct consequence of our inability to resist the music of To Kill a King. “The Problem of Evil” is built around a preacher questioning his Lord regarding the presence of evil in the world.
     To Kill a King has always had a dark side, so this song shouldn’t be a surprise. At one time, we compared the band to the main character in the television series “Dexter.” Dexter is an extremely likable guy who is effective in taking mass murderers out of circulation – he kills them. Similarly, the music of To Kill a King is extremely likable, but it arrives in a vehicle that should be more troubling than we allow it to be. 

     To Kill a King is based in London and is comprised of Ralph Pelleymounter (vocals, guitar), James Ball (bass), Ben Jackson (synth, keys), Grant McNeill (guitar), and Josh Taffel (drums). 
     “The Problem of Evil"

Lyrics of “The Problem of Evil” by To Kill a King
Preacher said, “Fuck you God”
I'm coming for you
It's just one of those days when
You didn't come through
The warrior preaches love
Blessings, they're for all
This coffins way too small

Let me know [Repeat 5x]
Your plans, so men could understand the things you don't do

The preacher took off his coat
Dragged a dark collar from his throat,
Wrung his hands in despair,
Sparked his cigarette and smoked
Breathing fire, spitting fumes
On every word he choked
If upon this beach we walked
And you carried me when I was lost
And oh Lord let me be
'Cause I'm struggling to see
The plan in your majesty

Let me know [Repeat 5x]
Your plans, so men could understand the things you don't do

For doubt has grown in me
For doubt has grown in me