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SWILLBILLY HEROES-The Lamentable Tragedy Of The…

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sh1I don’t know where the guys at Get Bent Records find these bands, but the Swillbilly Heroes have just released their debut album, The Lamentable Tragedy Of The…. This Toronto band refers to their music as Alternative Country/Rock but I hear so much more. The 9 tracks share country influences with rock, southern rock, pop and blues.

sh2The opening track, “Big Red Ford“, has a nice melody with great transitions and an incredible fullness. The slide guitar and guitar solo remain true to country, but this song rocks. “All The Ghosts You Exorcise” has a slower tempo, a great bridge, and a very cool acoustic guitar solo.  The distant harmonies meshed with keys that make me think accordion, give this song a wonderfully airy feel. The echo effect vocals of “Lucky Mind” add to the uniqueness of this track which includes wonderfully placed stops and starts, a beautiful acoustic guitar solo, and bells which provide a perfect backdrop for the melancholy mood. “Swillbilly Heroes” begins softly and then cracks open with slide guitar, cool offbeat drumming, and a nice guitar “twang” throughout. The dual guitars are reminiscent of The Allman Brothers. Lyric like “love me forever, love me to death” add to the dark beauty of the song.  “Bent On Battered Days”  a rock song, with a great bass line has great effects and psych-rock guitar. Love the cool isolation on the drums, amazing guitar solo and a melody that never quits.. The driving rocker, “Tear It Up” comes with  great bass work, guitar effects, spectacular vocal harmonies and a clean, crisp guitar solo. “‘Til You Broke Some Bones” begins with a drum solo. The melody framed by faint harmonies, and the countrified guitar solo emphasizes an amazing sh3transition to the bridge. “Chlorhexidine Dreams“, a moody tune, is played without drums and bass. The acoustic guitar strumming and the electric guitar lead are accompanied only by chimes and the brooding vocals, within a very haunting melody. My favorite track, “Shipwreck” has great effects and a rockin’ guitar solo.  Driven by the rhythm section, quieter at the verses it fills in at the chorus. The incredible melody cradles brilliant lyric such as “you haven’t lived until you’ve tried, you haven’t lived until you’ve died”, all within a song that could very well be an amazing arena rock song. Just need some dry ice and strobe lights. A song I really want to see live. An amazingly beautiful track with a spectacular ending and shades of Blue Rodeo.

gb1The Lamentable Tragedy Of The… is far from tragic. Great songs with amazing melodies that are simple and complex at the same time, layered within sounds that fill the senses.  Franco Care has an amazing voice, deep, dark, and dynamic. The band is tight and incredibly talented. I was surprised at first to see Abel Renton‘s name as guitarist in the credits. He is also the guitarist for The Micronite Filters. But then I remembered that this is, after all, Get Bent Records. And a killer album.  Epic fun.  Epic cool. Epic Music.

You can listen to this album here:    http://swillbillyheroes.bandcamp.com/album/the-lamentable-tragedy-of-the

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THE TONIKS

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Another U.K. band that has been granted honorary Canadian status, The Toniks, are currently touring Europe and Canada promoting their  new album set for release in August of this year.  I have not listened to the entire album, nor do I know the title, but the five songs I was able to pull off the internet have blown me away.

toniks2Secret’s Safe“, a hard driving pop song with amazing harmonies, an unforgettable hook and a remarkable bridge has you dancing along from beginning to end. The The light keyboards of “Rise And Shine” give way to the soft yet noticeable horns, while the guitars echo the melody to create the sense of additional layers of harmony. “Simple Things” is a slower song in which the instruments are kept back in order to make the vocals prominent. The emphasis on the vocals is further enhanced by the creative and unusual phrasing. There is an underlying, haunting riff throughout with harmonic layers and the gentle influence of strings and horns. “You And I” is a strangely sentimental number. with choppy chords and drum shots, horns and an amazing transition to the bridge that includes a change in tempo and tone. In the video, all of this is done to a Charlie Chaplin dance sequence. The best of the tracks I have heard to date is “Weather“, a fun song with a great chorus and hook that keeps you singing long after the music has stopped. The acoustic guitar creates a mood that is quickly shattered by the horns and harmonies,while a subtle lead solo plays amid the storm. The video sets this to the dancing in the thunderstorm scene in the film “Singin’ In The Rain”. The lines “come inside my head you’ll see, I don’t want to talk about the weather; I don’t want to talk about whatever.” sing as the rain falls. The song fades out as Gene Kelly walks away from us, down the street. Brilliant!

These five musicians from Guildford U.K., have created a sound uniquely their own by infusing Squeeze with The Searchers. And it Toniks1works.The songs are innocent. The songs are fun. These guys are exciting. When they come to Toronto, get tickets and go. These guys are that good.  These guys are great!

To hear The Toniks, use the link below:

http://www.reverbnation.com/artist/fb_share/3345498

 

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