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PAPERWOLF-Been Five Years

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paperwolf1Colin Marshall, ex drummer of The Toniks, has found himself in a new band, Paperwolf. The power trio from Bromley, England, recently released  “Been Five Years“, a 4 track ep filled with wonderful melodies, and some cool changes. The guitar centric sound, at times reminiscent of The James Gang, delivers powerful drumming, strong bass lines, and power chords, interspersed with great licks,cool solos, and unforgettable riffs. Wonderfully heavy, straight ahead rock. Definitely something you need to check out for yourself. Pay attention to Paperwolf- a way cool power trio with heart & soul. Favorite track: ‘Jenny‘. Listen here.

 

 

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BOMBARGO-Back On Main

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bombargo1Bombargo,  an incredibly talented band from Saskatoon, Canada,  recently released a 5 track EP entitled Back On Main. Filled with wonderful melodies,great riffs, and layers of rock, pop, blues, soul and funk influences, this album has me wondering why I haven’t heard of these guys before! . The opening track, ‘I Need Help‘, is a beautiful ballad, with a blues-pop vibe, and a way cool vocal track. ‘Make It Mine‘ offers a dynamite fuzz sound, while ‘Let It Grow‘ delivers a soulful blues vibe. The blues-rock-funk feel of ‘That Sound‘ reminds me of The Black Crowes, and the changes are outstanding. My favorite track, ‘The Wave‘ gives up a wonderful melody, with great changes, an unforgettable chorus and hook, and some incredibly sweet, cool guitar.

 

 

bombargo3Bombargo have nailed it. A wonderful blend of rock, blues, and soul, captured in incredibly well written songs, that deliver a devastatingly full sound. The ballads are dramatic as hell, and the vocals, which drive the album, just kill. I have listened to this several times, and can’t see myself stopping. I am addicted. I am a fan. You need to check this out: http://bombargo.bandcamp.com/album/back-on-main, and please support the cause-all proceeds will be given to the Saskatchewan Fire Relief. Pretty cool. Definitely on the list for consideration as the 2015, I Can’t Believe My Earz Indie Album Of The Year.

 

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B & NOT B-Popular Pastimes

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bandnotbSan Francisco‘s B And Not B recently released an album that is both Pop, And Not Pop. Popular Pastimes contains 8 tracks filled with wonderful pop melodies, infused with psychedelic effects, soul, horns, and dynamite harmonies. There are great riffs, nice changes, and a wonderful rhythm section. The vocals have a way cool Brit pop feel. The emphasis is on the songs, simply constructed and arranged, with saxophone and trombone thrown in as a bonus. And the reverb on the title b and not b2track is dynamite. An all around fun 1960’s pop event. Not a bad song on the album. Favorite track, ‘Think I’m Falling‘, has to be listened to over and over again! This is one of those albums that you play at home to impress the hell out of your friends when they come over. It is available to download at a “name your price” purchase. Be sure to pay whatever you can afford. It is worth it!  A wonderful pop party in your home album. I just wish that there were more than 8 tracks! Listen & purchase your copy here: http://music.bandnotb.com/ , and like them on facebook:  http://facebook.com/bandnotb

 

 

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DAVID CLAYTON-THOMAS-Soul Ballads

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My friend, Anne Leighton, probably the hardest working publicist in the music business, was kind enough to lead me to ‘Soul Ballads‘, a new release, of sorts, by David Clayton-Thomas. I have always been a fan of Clayton-Thomas, since his days with Blood, Sweat & Tears. In fact, I saw dctthem  performing at the Toronto Pop Festival in 1969.

I was unsure of what to expect from this album, 12 covers of classic rhythm & blues. After a listen or 2, I was pleasantly amazed. The arrangements are incredible, loaded with horns and strings, and the vocals, well, this man can still sing. A wonderfully soulful time. My favorite tracks: ‘Sitting On The Dock Of The Bay‘, ‘When A Man Loves A Woman‘, and ‘People Get Ready‘. Thank you Anne. Thank you David.

You can check out and purchase the album here: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/soul-ballads/id973504575?ign-mpt=uo%3D4

 

 

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JEROME & THE PSYCHICS-Money Is Violence

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J&TPFrom Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, the soul, rock, R & B, band, Jerome & The Psychics released their second full length album, ‘Money is Violence‘ in December 2014. Now living in Bloominton, Indiana, their influences include The Byrds, The Yardbirds, Pretty Things, Small Faces, and Otis Redding. With great melodies, horns, and organ, Jerome & The Psychics have delivered a wonderful collection of songs that can best be described as Brazilian garage rock. Worth several listens.

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FUR EEL-Perhaps Another Time

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fureel1There are bands that I know I  like and there are bands that I know I do not like. Once in a while I hear a band,  and I just can’t decide. Fur Eel, the Regina, Saskatchewan band, released their 10 track album, Perhaps Another Time in 2012, and it has me swimming in uncertainty.

The album opens with “The Blues“, a rock/blues/funk mix with nice harmonies, a cool guitar riff, and nice, easy guitar solo. “Elephant Summer” offers a funky bass line, horns and sweet guitar work. The blues/rock of “Ain’t Got The Time” is countered by the funkified guitar amid a great melody. “The Dance” emulates the Philadelphia blue eyed soul sound of    Hall & Oates, while “Sangria” is interestingly weird.  The funky “Smooth City” has nice guitar work and horns, “All Over Me” is reminiscent of a funk/soul tune by Prince. “The Rhythm” is a funky-rock song with a great melody, stand out vocals and some very cool guitar. While I was not impressed by “Zoo“, the highlight was “Black Mountain“, with great guitar, great drumming, and wonderful changes in tempo and mood. It has a stand out melody and tremendous energy. A song I did not want to end.

fureel2And so the dilemma. Justin Sheppard and Thomas St. Onge write good songs. The sound is unique and interesting. It encompasses rock, blues, funk and soul. James Belle provides steady drumming and with Travis Reshaur, create a wonderful rhythm section. And yet, I find that parts of the album are repetitive. The project needs production work. This band has great potential and they can write songs. I am still tossing it over. Worth a listen.

You can hear Fur Eel here:   http://www.fureelmusic.com/free_album

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THE NURSERY-Carnival Nature

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nursery3One of the most intriguing and interesting albums i have heard in a long time, Carnival Nature by Toronto band The Nursery, contain 6 tracks of musical mastery. Released in June, 2013, The Nursery dance to the beat of a very different drummer.

Lysurgically Yours” opens the album with wonderful piano work, and a magical, carnival feel.  The harmonies, hypnotic vocals, theremin and guitar riff create a wonderfully esoteric feel. The steady drumming of “It’s A Sin“, coupled with the over the top guitar, synthesizer and theremin create a very different atmosphere while providing a catchy melody that makes me think of court jesters. “Lucy” delivers a strangely cool melody amid a western tempo countrified guitars and great transitions. The synth opening of “Domino“, accented by drum rolls, delivers a great melody in an unconventional song. It is just plain weird, but I do like weird. “The Wild Heart” contains an REM style acoustic guitar opening, with a very eerie vocal track that creates a wonderfully dreamy sensation. The psych-rock guitar solo compounds the ethereal sensations.” I Was I Was Someone Else” comes with acoustic guitar picking, horns, a sophisticated melody and spectacular vocals. A wonderful song.

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nursery1For the first time I was unable to find an identifiable favorite track. The music defies genre. The Nursery have incorporated several styles and arrived at a sound that can best be described as acid/rock/soul/synth-folk/pop. Let’s be honest. Its just plain weird! Eccentric. Bizarre.  But it is simply incredible. Alex Pulec’s voice, akin to Robert Smith of The Cure, in its tone and phrasing, is perfectly suited to sing these  songs. In fact, I don’t think anyone else could do them justice. I have listened to Carnival Nature several times, and enjoy it more with each listen. The songs are  unconventionally spectacular. The arrangements are weirdly wonderful and I’m having the time of my life listening. This is a band I want to interview.  This is an album you won’t want to miss.

Check The Nursery out for yourself here:      http://thenursery.bandcamp.com/album/carnival-nature

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