Saturday, August 11, 2012

Gone for Days – Revisit the hay day 90’s Rock

Gone for Days brings back memories of 1990’s rock groups such as Puddle of Mud and Stone Temple Pilots.  Their throwback sound is very well executed and holds interest with powerful melodies and heavy guitar riffs.  The groups power lies in their ability to create a sound that does echo these 90’s greats yet give a fresh and newer take on alternative rock.

The dynamics of the group are held together by the talent of their drummer Justin Pacy and the strong lead vocals of Chris Taylor.  On the song “Money”, all the players come together to create a catchy song that is sure to be a standout track off their self-titled album, set to release soon.  “Money’s” verses echo influences from harder Beatles material while the chorus hints at Pink Floyd’s own track of same name.

They sure are making a name for themselves with heavy play on Sirius/XM’s Octane as well as opening for Filter and Stone Temple Pilots.  Fans of these bands definitely will find something to love with Gone for Days – so it is a great move to play with these groups.  I could see a band like this holding court in the Sunset Strip and creating quite a buzz with the rocker crowd. 

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Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Victory Garden - Whats Left Behind

Crown Point Indiana is home to the acoustic experimenters Victory Garden. Formed in 2005 by Michael Finney who plays a variety of electro/acoustic instruments and sings gritty, straight forward melodies that come off as both unique and powerful. Their newest offering Whats Left Behind reveals a strong, creative musicality and evolving dynamics.

The record starts with the bouncing Appalachian instrumentation of "As a Ghost". This wonderful hybrid of rock and folk continues through the album with a flavor of 90's grunge and Gothic whispers sprinkled in. The subject matter is of the broken hearted nature, though there is an transcendent quality to a good deal of songs. The Midwestern poetry is visceral and astute while walking a thin line between the highly personal and the esoteric.

There are some lucid Sigur Ros synth changes on the cinematic track "Tides" and some cut throat Modest Mouse cynicism on "Snake Charmer". The charged up riffs and guitar lines are all on point, executed with laser precision and taste while the vocals mix punk rock delivery with melodic changes and harmonies.

Victory Garden has shown itself to be a cream of the crop indie band with a very defined and interesting sound. The overall feel is fresh and definitely well worth checking out. Support this artist by clicking the album cover and purchasing the music.