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MUTANT BIRD-Sugar Voodoo

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mutant bird2Multi instrumentalist, singer, and songwriter, Johnny Rock, an American now hanging out in London, recently released an EP as Mutant Bird. The 5 track ‘Sugar Voodoo‘ incorporates several genres, merging them into a sound thatcan only be called Psychedelic Rock Hop.

The album opens with ‘Muzzle Dust‘, a wonderfully rhythmic track with amazing guitar, some way cool effects, and a dynamite vocal track. ‘Shoot Up“, offers beautiful acoustic guitar, sweet keyboards, and interesting changes. I am almost certain I heard a cello on this track!! The cool riff on ‘Sugar Voodoo‘ acts as the perfect counterbalance to the primitive beat, and I dig the backing vocals. The horn sounds and hand clapping enhance the wonderful Middle Eastern vibe of ‘The Return‘, and ‘Space Junk‘ rocks with its way cool effects and great rhythm tracks.  Favorite track: ‘Shoot Up’.

 

 

mutant birdSugar Voodoo delivers a powerfully full sound, which embraces and infects my senses. The effects are tasteful, never overpowering the myriad of insanely incredible things going on in each track. The music is exciting, with an original sound that reminds me of what creativity is about. A wonderful time. You can check the EP out here, and then I suggest you purchase it, and show your friends something amazing that you have uncovered.

 

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HIRED GUNS-The Shape Of Things To Come?

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The state of the music industry has changed dramatically. In order to survive in this business that thrills and kills, artists must be able to find new and creative methods of marketing their music.  With the advent of new and improved technology, almost anything is possible.
G4HAnd so, F.S. Fine, a song writer born in Fort Knox, Indiana, raised in Chicago and now living in Phoenix, Arizona has been working his plan. F.S. has no band to speak of.  There is no touring, no playing the bar circuit and no travelling. There are almost no expenses, and he spends his time doing what he loves, writing and recording his songs.Guns For Hire, Fine’s “band”, are a group of seasoned, professional musicians living in Nashville and Phoenix. Fine writes songs and forwards them to his musician pals who record their tracks. Everything is sent to Nashville for production and mixing. Once the song is completed, Fine is set to market his creation. He credits computer technology with making it possible for him to be in Phoenix and complete demos in Nashville. “Technology has made it possible for me to go worldwide. I don’t have to be where I record and send my songs.”

The idea, while unique, is not new. Fine admits that the concept was influenced by Steely Dan, noting that Becker and Fagan were primarily songwriters who used hired guns to play and record their music. There was very little touring, with most of their time being spent in studios. While Steely Dan had a major record deal, Fine has had to become a creative marketer as well. He has a web site where songs can be purchased via download directly from him  using major credit cards and paypal. He has joined social networking sites to promote his music and regularly submits his songs to industry executives in the hopes of landing a deal.

Driven to succeed, this stogie smoking, beer drinking writer has composed over 50 amazing country, blues, rock and bluegrass tunes.  He has songs on file in three countries and is working towards having his music picked up for film or television. The man is entrepreneurial, tenacious and self assured. Perhaps, along with the technological changes impacting the industry, this may very well be the future if one is to survive as an independent artist.

To check out Guns For Hire, follow this link: https://www.musicxray.com/xrays/904165

To view the Guns For Hire webpage: http://www.guns4hire.us/

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ELLIOTT BROOD:Days Into Years

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eb1 Since their inception in 2002, Elliott Brood has defined their style with Tin Type (2004), Ambassador (2005), and Mountain Meadows (2008).  Following their signing with Paper Bag Records in 2011, Days Into Years was released.

The album opens with “Lindsay“, a simple song that seems complex with the exceptional musicality of the band, a classic rock guitar riff and beautifully arranged pop harmonies. “Lines“, with its railroad sounds, blues/rock guitar and acoustic opening captures the theme of the song and has me wondering why wasn’t this on Mellancamp’s Scarecrow? “If I Get Old”  has a blues/rock feel, and a rock guitar riff all supporting Casey’s vocals with  Arlo Guthrie inflections. The banjo focus on “Hold You” coupled with Marc’s country styled vocals and the use of brushes on the drums, give this song a creative, rustic feel. The rock beat of  “Will They Bury Us” opens up this song for heavier vocals, repeating guitar riffs, harmonies, tempo changes and piano that seems to slow the song down briefly until it winds up again. An amazing piece of music.  “West End Sky” is a mellow song, played with acoustic guitar, banjo and brushes on a suitcase. “Northern Air” delivers great harmonies, an amazing bridge and harmonica to create the transitions. The harmonized vocals, ukulele and pedals used to create some amazing sounds, make “Owen Sound“. The eb3haunting intro of “Their Will“, which slowly builds into great melodic guitar sounds,almost  turns this  into a rock song. This is Elliott Brood rock; with great harmonies, distortion and special effects guitar. “My Mother’s Side” is a blues/rock song, utilizing slide guitar effects, guitar changes and drum shots, powerful vocals and the use of power chords throughout. The subtle guitar faintly playing in the background just puts this over the top. By far, the best track on the album.

With 10 solid tracks, Days Into Years is a must have album. The instrumentation is simple, yet the music is as creative as any I have heard. The songs are wonderful, personal narratives that invite you into the world of Elliott Brood. The music is addictive. It both soothes and excites at the same time. Not surprising that the album won the 2013 Juno for Roots and Traditional Album Of The Year.  Days Into Years is a classic piece of Canadianna that blows me away with every listen.

To listen to Elliott Brood, use the link below.

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