As we close out the month of July, we are doing the last of our reviews for CDs released during the first half of 2017. Here are our final four.
Artist Name: Greg Sover
Album Name: Songs of a Renegade
Label: Grounded Soul Records
Genre: Indie Rock/Blues
Track Listing: 1. My Moment; 2. Heroes; 3. Preacher; 4. Quicksand; 5. (Make Me) Say Yeah; 6. After Me; 7. Deja vu; 8. Ain’t no Sunshine; 9. Superman; 10. Cherie
Publicist: Frank Roszak
Review: OMG. We have a man-crush on Greg Sover. Talk about the total package – amazing guitar work, soaring vocals and a classic rock feel that just feels right. Although technically released in August 2016, Sover has not had any publicity or assistance with his career until recently, and this artist deserves some attention. We strongly suggest that the music industry take notice of this amazing artist NOW. His music is just plain good, and deserves both radio airplay and placement in television and movies. Every song crushes the competition, exposing the hidden talent that is this Philadelphia blues rocker. He deserves a national stage for his music, and we are proud to (hopefully) be the first rung on his ladder of future success.
Recommendation: We don’t know why this artist has not become a huge star, but we are offering his Songs of a Renegade our highest recommendation – Get it NOW!
Artist Name: Mare Island
Album Name: Mare Island
Genre: Dream Pop
Track Listing: 1. Alight; 2. Anon; 3. Vanish; 4. Crushed; 5. Unawake
Publicist: The Syndicate PR
Review: This seems to be the day for hidden gems. This Bay Area quintet is just too good to be unknown, and we think their debut EP just might shed the light on their talent. Their first single, “Anon,” became a huge hit in the San Francisco area, and it’s time for the rest of the world to discover what San Francisco has been keeping to itself – Mare Island is a treasure that needs to be shared with the world. The five-song EP is simply too short – we want and need more! All five songs are amazing and deserve more attention, with their moving musical arrangements, the wonderfully written lyrics, the ingenious guitar licks and the dreamy vocals. This is a band that we guarantee will do well in this industry. Let’s get them on a nationwide tour soon.
Recommendation: Amazing work which we are proud to recommend – you should definitely Get this EP, and then pre-order the next one.
Artist Name: House Hounds
Album Name: Saturate
Label: A&R Records
Genre: Indie Rock
Track Listing: 1. Bird; 2. Young Things; 3. Karamel; 4. Bully; 5. Disquiet
Publicist: The A&R Department
Review: House Hounds is another band from Australia who has a sound that we need here in the States. They combine amazing guitar licks, drums and harmonious vocals to create a sound that is soothing and stimulating at the same time. Their songs belong on the radio and deserve national attention. From the first notes of “Bird,” to the haunting last notes of “Disquiet,” the band nails every song, providing a great soundtrack for life in the States. We especially like their single, “Karamel.” Australians are damn lucky to have these boys in their back yard. We can’t wait until they visit us.
Recommendation: Definitely Get it. We promise you won’t be sorry you did.
Artist Name: Aviator
Album Name: Loneliness Leaves the Light on for Me
Label: No Sleep Records
Genre: Indie Soft-core Rock
Track Listing: 1. I Wanna Make a Movie, Heather; 2. Nasonov Pheromone; 3. Ad Nauseum; 4. I Wouldn’t Leave Here if you Paid Me; 5. Looks Deep Enough From Here; 6. End Scene; 7. One Year Warranty; 8. I Wouldn’t Live There if you Paid Me; 9. Safety Coffin; 10. Does it Make a Sound?
Publicist: Earshot Media
Review: Aviator has evolved from a hard-core metal screamo band to a more refined soft-core sound without sacrificing any of their passion or power. The music still rocks, the screamo is still there, but the music is toned back enough that even other rock fans will enjoy the album. You can feel the band’s angst and understand the lyrics enough to comprehend that they truly have a story to tell. The pride of Boston will soon be heard around the country as it is impossible to keep a band this good regionalized. Best tracks include “Ad Nauseum,” I Wouldn’t Leave Here if You Paid Me,” “Looks Deep Enough From Here,” “One Year Warranty,” and “Safety Coffin.”
Recommendation: If you love metal, you will love this album. If you like good rock music, you will probably like this album. In fact, unless you only like soothing pop music, Get this album.