Kicking off the week o’reviewing is Arc & Stones, the debut EP from Brooklyn band Arc & Stones. The guys are Dan Pellarin (vocals), Ben Cramer (guitar), Joe Doino (drums) and Eddy Bayes (bass). I had the cool video for Silence up in the featured spot last month but I’ve popped it into the review for anyone that missed it the first time around.
My favorite track is She’s Mine because it’s loud.
No, seriously. It has slamming drums, gritty fuzzy guitars and a growl-y vocal delivery. Kind of like ’70′s ZZ Top with a little bit of Mr John Lee Hooker thrown in for fun. Oh, and did I mention it was LOUD?!
Rise is not quite as raw but it is still a good rock tune while Let Me Down seems a little out of place, not because it is quiet and mellow but because it sounds like it needs to be played acoustic on your front porch. It is a nice track, just different. Say Goodbye starts off all warm and cozy then explodes into another hard rocking number:
This is a great EP and you all should go and buy it now. Yes now. Or tomorrow when it releases. Hey, it is a couple of bucks and you get awesome music from a new band. There is no bad in this. Well, except for the waiting until tomorrow part.
Arc & Stones releases tomorrow, Feb 12, 2013 and is available in digital format from Amazon and Bandcamp. You can also check out the band on their facebook page or on their website and follow them on Twitter @ArcAndStones
So, I was in the mood for some blues and whoosh – blues appeared.
Other people get coupons, bills and news updates in the mail while I get blues music. Cool new blues music in the form of the debut release Telegraph Taboo from the Chicago-based band Nick and the Ovorols.
This is not a pretty album. The vocals on a few tracks come in a bit low, there’s some distortion in a few places (okay - lots of distortion) and extra grit and fuzz in the guitars. All those imperfections combine to give the album a raw, almost live sound. It’s loud and messy and grungy and so very, very good.
My favorite is the screaming, pounding, rocking Honey, Please -
You said boy I’ll make you happy
Oh just give me one good chance
I told you once before
I ain’t gonna do this dance -
I also like Take the V Train with it’s heavy guitars and Bad Company feel, and the blues-y Heed My Words:
The only track I didn’t really care for was Hey, Mr President but I’ll be honest and say my dislike stems from political reasons, not musicial ones.
Taken as a whole Telegraph Taboo is a solid debut and worth buying. If you all need to hear a bit more you can stream the album from the bands’ website, from amazon or from itunes.
Telegraph Taboo releases tomorrow, January 22, 2013 and is available in digital format from Amazon and iTunes and in digital and CD format from the Nick and the Ovorols website. You can also check out the band on their facebook page and follow them on Twitter @ovorols
I’m making beef and barley stew today and listening to Death Letter Jubilee, the debut release from The Delta Saints. When I started the review I seriously considered just writing ‘Harmonica! Resonator! Suspenders!’ and being done with the post. Since I do understand not everyone is nuts for suspenders, I’ll add a few things about the music as well.
The Delta Saints are Ben Ringel on vocals and dobro, Benjamin Azzi on drums, David Supica on bass, Dylan Fitch on guitar and Steven Hanner on harmonica.
(my best guess without the liner notes)
They call their music ‘bayou rock’ and it has a cool rock with blues with (a little) country sound. My favorites are Liar, (the track may be slow to load)
Jezebel for the stripped down sound and drum heavy beat, Out to Sea with it’s beautiful harmonica and haunting lyrics, and Death Letter Jubilee, a fairly upbeat and fun tune for a song about dancing on graves -
This is a nice set of tracks for a debut album and well worth the money. You can pick Death Letter Jubilee on Amazon or iTunes (both have previews of the track list) or from The Delta Saints website. You can also check out the bands’ Facebook page or follow them on Twitter @TheDeltaSaints.
I have been a fan of The Record Company ever since I heard Bryan Childs spin a track of theirs on Ninebullets radio. Chris Vos, Alex Stiff and Marc Cazorla play a cool sound that is part rockabilly, part rhythm and blues and all great music.
This past July they released their debut EP, Superdead. I went back and forth on what kind of review to write and finally decided to let the band and their music do most of the talking.
My favorites are, well all of them. I like the guitars, the drums and I will never say no to more bass. From the rockin’ beat of Don’t Let me Get Lonely to the gritty drums of Medicine Man and all the way to the soulful This Crooked City – this is awesome music.
Check out this video for Don’t Let Me Get Lonely -
The new EP is available to download for free over on bandcamp or from a link on the band’s website. They also have some nice vinyl for sale.
(The This Crooked City/Tallahassie Lassie limited edition 45 has me considering picking up a turntable)
You can like the guys on their Facebook page and follow them on Twitter @therecordcomp.