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WE CAN BE HEROES-Where I Want To Be

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 27, 2013 by TheManicBlogger

wcbh2From the hometown of Garth Hudson (The Band), Skip Spence (Jefferson Airplane, Moby Grape) and Jeff Martin (The Tea Party), Windsor, Ontario’s, We Can Be Heroes are plotting their own course for success. Currently devoting themselves to perfecting their live show and increasing their fan base, this power-pop band released their six track EP, Where I Want To Be, in 2011.

Jack Links” has a great melody, with vocals supported by bass and drums which allows the vocal track to be highlighted. Guitar and harmonies are added at the chorus. The rhythm section is heavy but there is a nice guitar riff throughout. The slower tempo of “Violet, You’re Turning Violet“, allows Josh Peltier‘s voice to take command of the melody. Great drum shots and  harmonies make this a powerful song with a punk-rock feel. “We Break Deals And Bones” opens with simple guitar picking, followed by  military like drum rolls, while the powerful guitar chords add fullness to the song. The power pop-punk style of “Cigarettes“, showcases the heavy drumming of Doug Huha, while the guitar harmonics sustain the melody. “Ego” has strong vocals and a solid melody but its the harmonies that shine in  this song. The best track on the album, “Changing With The Seasons” has an exceptional melody, the driving guitars of Chris Holt and Tyler Shelson, heavy cymbals and incredibly strong harmonies to support the vocal track.  Great song!

wcbh1I also listened to “Movements“, a single the band released in 2012. Less melodic than the earlier EP, it leans more towards punk-rock. Musically very strong with a great rock ending, it lacks the subtle pop qualities of “Changing With The Seasons“.

A solid band with a solid sound. Where I Want To Be is a fun listen. We Can Be Heroes have great potential and the ability to write good songs. They bring strong vocals, pop melodies and wonderful harmonies to their music. Certainly worth a couple of listens and a live show or two. You can see them live on August 2 in Windsor, and on August 8 in London, On.

To listen to We Can Be Heroes, click on the link: http://wecanbeheroes.bandcamp.com/album/where-i-want-to-be

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THE STANDSTILLS: Pushing Electric

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standstillsThe concept is simple! Write great songs, play like you mean it, and a two man band can sound, well, like a band, With the release of their new album “Pushing Electric“,  Oshawa, Ontario’s The Standstills have done just that. Johnny Fox (guitar, vocals) and Renee Couture (drums) have created a sound that they refer to as “The White Stripes getting body slammed by Queens Of The Stone Age”. This is not your ordinary duo. This is not The Carpenters. This is The Standstills. With two other albums to their credit, “The Standstills” (2009) and “The Human Element” (2011), their alternative/rock/blues  sound has led them to the edge of greatness.

standstills3The Standstills have managed to create the illusion of a full, four piece band. The drums play the entire rhythm section so demonstrably that the bass is not missed. The vocals are strong and Johnny Fox has great range. The album, produced by the band, contains good, solid production values which bring out the best the band has to offer. The drumming of Renee Couture is over the top. This girl can drum. Influenced by The Tea Party, Incubus and Queens Of The Stone Age, she is probably the best female drummer in Canada. The album contains eleven tracks of strong, hard hitting rock songs with infectious melodies and heavy riff hooks. The title track is a  driving rock tune that sets the tone for the rest of the album. “Good God Damn” , one of the two videos taken from this album contains biting guitars and the band’s great sense of harmony. “Junkie” is a wonderfully poignant tune with the best lyric of the album. “Done” could be a Cult song with its eerily pounding guitars and prominent drums. The whimsical “Jesus“, with its Middle-East influence is reminiscent, at times, of Fleetwood Mac. The last track, “Gone” is the best track on the album with its melodic guitar, powerful drums and strong vocals.

There is not a bad song on “Pushing Electric“. Each makes you wonder “How do they do this with only two instruments?”. It doesn’t matter. It rocks!  Add this to your must have list.

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