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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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LIVE STRIFE

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ss5I was fortunate enough to catch Social Strife‘s end of summer bash last night at Lee’s Palace and I was not disappointed. Playing their hard driving brand of socially disenchanted heavy rock, these guys know how to put on a show. From the outset, they took control and never looked back. Their energy was unrelenting and their ability to engage the crowd, as good as any seasoned band. The presence of  RC Ricci on bass brought an added feature to the performance. On stage in his Toxyn persona, somewhere between Gene Simmons and Rob Zombie, he delivered the knock out punch to an already commanding performance. The band was tight. The songs, executed to perfection. The crowd, always on the dance floor, wailing with delight at every gesture from Sean Farro‘s voice.

ss2I was able to speak with the band before they went on stage and they talked about the difficulties in being an Indie band. Some of them play in several bands, hold down day jobs and still give this all that they’ve got. They told me about crappy door deals and obscenely unscrupulous promoters. Given their anti-establishment mind set, Social Strife are doing it on their own; negotiating their own deals and avoiding the promoters. Truly independent.

These guys know what their fans want and they know how to deliver the goods. You have to see Social Strife live. They rock, they roll and they entertain. Great show and a great time.

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SONS OF REVELRY-BORN WITH A BIGGA GOAL

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I am not certain what has come out of Brantford, Ontario other than Wayne Gretzky and Phil Hartman, but Sons Of Revelry may just be their greatest export since the Great One himself. Their recently released debut EP, “Born With A Bigga Goal” is getting the band exposure beyond their local fan base.

SOR2Born With A Bigga Goal“, has an incredibly powerful riff that avoids being overbearing. The steady rhythm section contrasts the screaming guitars. The song transforms itself in the last 30 seconds into an in your face anthem. “Time” is a great pop song.  The powerful vocal  and the great melody line make this the album’ s single.  It is danceable, singable and enjoyable. It is simply played yet complex in its construction and arrangement. A very cool song with nice harmonies and a Beatlesque ending.  The bluesy feel to “Whiskey” allows us to hear Toby’s vocals at their best while choppy guitar chords are played under very stylish picking’  This song has a much slower tempo and I kept waiting for it to burst open. When it does,  just after the first chorus, it explodes into a much rockier song. It has a 1967, San Francisco music scene, guitar thing going on. There are UK sensibilities here as well, and you can hear just how much fun these guys are really having. My pick as best song on the EP.

These guys are young. Thee guys are enthusiastic and energetic. They are grateful to be able to make music and have people listen. There is no attitude, no ego and I find it  refreshing. This is how music is supposed to be;  all about the music, and the music speaks for itself. The only issue I have with Born With A Bigga Goal is that there are not more tracks on it. This band writes good songs and makes them sound great. And they have a whole lot of fun doing it.

To see Sons Of Revelry, they will be playing at Two Doors Down in Brantford on July 13, 2013.

To listen to them, follow the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3zX02AarzdE

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