From Columbus, Ohio – The Slang
There is much to like about this band from Columbus, Ohio. To start with, I feel The Slang is a great name for a band. I also really like the EP cover. Stuff like that, however, does not make a band good or bad.
The band is the work of John Bobo, who is the songwriter, plays several instruments and vocalist, and John Newsome is the bassist. They are currently touring their EP with additional members Matt Thiedt on guitars and keys and Michael Dillon on drums.
Musically, this alternative/power pop band has a sound reminiscent of the late 90’s; energetic, loud but not noisy, and a wall of sound. I am not 100% certain but I believe it was also a requirement of the 90s that every song had a keyboard in it. Furthermore, in that era, 9 out of 10 bands and radio stations were “alternative”. While I poke fun at the era, I still turn the volume up when music from it plays… admit it, you do too.
Compositionally, they don’t blow me away. In a good way, they have a typical late 90s sound. They cover that style exceptionally taking “the same old thing” and making it fresh, vibrant and alive.
Technically, the work is exceptional. It was recorded at The Cutting Room. The EP is well produced and mastered having been done by successful, seasoned engineers. (Mixed by Mark Needham, who has done work for Imagine Dragons and Tokyo Police Club, and mastered by Brian Lucey, who has done work for The Black Keys and Arctic Monkeys.)
If I had to describe the work of this band in just two words, I would use “refreshingly different”. If I had to assign them to a genre, which I hate doing, I might go with avant-garde. Galaxxies describes themselves as “experimental, alternative/indie pop music”. Regardless of how one would describe them in terms of genre, their music is great. While it could certainly fit into the genres mentioned, I think the most important thing to say about their style and music is that it has a unique and wonderful sound.
Galaxxies is a Canadian duo that has no shortage of creativity. They also take full control of every aspect of their work’s realization. Garrett Gengler is involved in every step of the project including web design, video and cover art. Marcile Wilmot is the other half of the project and she takes writing credits and brings her Jamaican upbringing to the table as well. It shows in their music, their album art and even their well done covers.
The Galaxxies EP is a great five song collection. Each of the tracks are unique and different. All of the track are well produced and share only the commonality of being great music. Frankly, it was difficult to decide on what tracks to include in this podcast. I went with Galaxies, Love Ain’t True, and Slow Time.
Hard, Edgy and Strong
If you like hard-driving rock with edgy lyrics and an attitude, you are going to love Diamonds & Demons, the sophomore work of Paul Maged. The release date is 23 September. The seventeen track work is less than a minute from what will be one hour of good listening. It is an awesome sophomore showing for this artist. I guarantee you that you shall find more than one track to fall in love with. I am also certain, you will have a very hard time picking a favorite track. The album will give you an hour of great listening.
I will also insert my warning to the listeners here. Not all of his material would be considered safe for work. There are some explicit lyrics. Considering the hefty subject material he covers I am not surprised and don’t feel that the language is in any way inappropriate.
Alternative Singer-Songwriter, Megan Landry
In my opinion this young lady has some serious talent. I had a difficult time deciding what tracks to choose for this podcast. The reason being is that they are all excellent.
Those of you who read my reviews and follow my podcasts know that I am not a fan of genre. She spins herself as alternative. While that may be the best genre for her, I feel she does and excellent job of blending styles. I don’t consider all of her work “alternative”. She does some material I would call blues, pop, etc., The important point is that her work is varied in a great way. He songs do not all sound the same.
She writes some great lyrics, adds appropriate music and wonderful vocals. I was very impressed by the wonderful backing vocals on Wallpaper. Also, she seems very talented with video as well, check out the video at the end of this post.
Megan is very good at setting the mood of a song (and video). While it is one thing to make good music, it is much better to make music that moves the listener emotionally. It is nice to see young talent doing more than just pushing out pop tunes. (Not that there is anything wrong with that.) I noticed that other reviewers often refer to her as an “Ottawa teen”. She might fit that description based on years but she is certainly much more mature than such as a singer and songwriter.
Megan has also done some work to bring awareness to bullying. (Check out the related articles below.) Her song Stronger is about that. She has made headlines for some time now and I expect her to continue doing so.
I promise you that if you check out her music you will find something you will love.
You can find out more about this wonderful artist at:
- Great Ottawa Music Videos (part 5): Megan Landry (blogs.ottawacitizen.com)
- Anti-Bullying Song Stronger by Megan Landry (standupagainstbullyingguy.wordpress.com)
- Ottawa teen’s ‘Stronger’ anti-bullying anthem becomes online hit (o.canada.com)
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Alternative, Blues, Rock, Punk, Pop and More – Call it Latimer House
While the headline is about a single, that is just the starting point. I urge you to buy the single but don’t to stop there. Get the full album as well. Birdcage Walk and Until Then are both great tunes but how much can I tell about only two songs?
Let us talk about the album for a bit. Once you check out the album, you will still want the single because the B side is not on the album AND Birdcage Walk is a remix. Personally, I like it when the singles are not the same material you get when you buy an album. You can find all the band’s work discussed in this review at their Bandcamp page.
Let me start by saying that I had brief doubts about this album when I gave it my first listen. It was one of those experiences where it was a bit different and not exactly what I expected. When I discovered the band, they were described as “pop”. While pop may work, they are much more eclectic than just pop. Putting labels on music may help with marketing and sales but it threw me momentarily. The overall experience was one of being unexpectedly pleased. It was better than I expected.
For example, at first, I cared not for This is Pop with simple very popish rhythms and melodies. It was just too popish but… two minutes into the tune, I began to appreciate the sarcasm of the delivery. By the end of the tune, I was loving it. (The video is also very good as well.) In my opinion, it is the best choice of the ten to kick the album off with for it quickly sets the tone… the listener should expect something slightly different, not over the top , crazy different but like a novel new flavor added to coffee, something pleasantly refreshing and not part of one’s daily routine.
The band drives much of their music with guitar rhythms but it is all the interplay that gives them a sound with a bit of an attitude. They syncopate well and in their own style. It is a refreshing break from typical. While I don’t like genres and don’t fully agree that they are pop, I totally believe they should be popular because they are producing great music.
While the ten song collection does fit the descriptions above, it is much more than that. The musicians do a great job of combining material familiar to the listener while spicing it with novel and unique sounds, rhythms and melodies. It is just great music. Toss it into that genre.
This is not just another alternative band. This is not just a pop album. This is not going to be the best album you ever bought. However, it a collection of worth which you will enjoy. This is a solid collection of songs that makes one want to follow the band.
Kittens, Music and General Geekery
I honestly can’t decide whether this lady is easier on the eyes, ears, soul or brains. Quoting her Twitter account, “I have kittens and I’m not afraid to use them”. Honestly, what geek could not like some one who love cats and sings about physics. Sarah Donner is one of the many talents that will be performing at the 2014 Gen Con. Check out her video below and follow her at the links after the video.
The Colored Parade – … And the Walls of the City Will Shake
As usual I am way behind on my album reviews. My inbox is overflowing. Artists and agents please be patient, I am listening and typing as fast as I can.
Today, I am pleased to introduce you to The Colored Parade. The album … And the Walls of the City Will Shake is a great piece of work. If I had to use just one word to describe this album it would be eclectic… other than that, I am at a loss for words.
Introducing Eternally Dizzy, A Powerful Trio
I don’t know much about this new band from Columbus, Ohio. What I do know is that I like what I hear very much. I first heard of this band over at Record, Rewind, Play. I checked out what they had to offer over at Bandcamp and liked the 90s alt-rock sound. This trio’s members are:
- Andre’ Vanderpool – Front Man
- Joe Camerlengo – Bass
- Jeremy Skeen – Drums
Great Song, Great Video, and a Source of Inspiration
First off, kudos to @SeriouslySheila for bringing this artist to our attention. Second, get a hold of us Sheila we would like to hear more from this talented artist. Sheila sent us a tweet asking us to re-tweet this artist’s video. After checking it out, we decided that it was well worth a post. Listeners, check him out in the video below.
Anger Management by Seven Mouldy Figs
The album kicks off with the raucous thick sounding song titled From me to you. The sound is thick, heavy and distorted accompanied by a slightly whinny well delivered lead vocals, delivering the lyrics in phrased burst working well against the driving rhythm guitar and steady drums. It is a good choice for an opening track because it leaves you anticipating the rest of this four track EP.
Welcome to a special edition of The LumpCast. Listen in and enjoy as Boz and I spend some time with the awesome talent of The Dead Good.
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