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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 COMEDY-Deadlights

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comedy2Hailing from Montreal, The Comedy have unleashed a new take on Progressive Rock. The release of their album Deadlights, officially launched in June 2012, showcases beautifully created images through words and music.

The album is filled with dark, yet wonderfully haunting melodies within Progressive Rock themes. The vocals are disturbing dark and brooding and layered within the music so as not to be overpowering. The music itself is perfectly arranged and executed to induce images of social discontentment. The lyrical themes of alienation, isolation mechanization and desolation are prevalent throughout the album. From the somber mood of “Lighthouse” and “Lights/Depth” to the harsher sounds of “Dystopia” and “Machines”,  lines such as “…Keep these machines from killing me.”,  reflect on the bleak outlook of society and progress.

comedy1This is Alternative Progressive Rock with an edge. There are shades of King Crimson and Pink Floyd . The haunting guitars, heavy bass and drums and eerily set vocals have me believing that if Stephen King were to write music, it would sound like this. Interestingly, in the Stephen King novel IT, the monster’s eyes were referred to as deadlights.  John Cafferty sang about being On The Dark Side, but The Comedy are it.  A wonderful album, worthy of repeated listens and a place in your collection.

You can listen to Deadlights here:          http://thecomedymusic.bandcamp.com/

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