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Artist: 
The Trews
Label: 
Bumstead Productions Ltd.

This is an all acoustic album. It sounds great and the vocals are so powerful. Each member of the Trews knows his place in the sound pyramid and no one over powers anyone else. This makes every so crystal clear. The guitars have a great "twang" to them. Colin MacDonald (lead vocals) has a unique voice timbre and it is so easy to listen to. When he screams out, it is still musical. Another great thing about this album is that it is live. That means, this is how the band really is without any digital editing or editing at all for that matter. They have a great sound for that.

Sounds Like: 
Train, Bob Schneider, Dispatch, Michael Tolcher
Name: 
Isaac Gealer
Date Reviewed: 
11/04/2009
Artist: 
Babelshack
Label: 
Unsigned

Babelshack is definitely a garage band trying to make it with a record label. It is straight punk bashing politics and current pop culture. Some of the vocals are hard to hear. But the guitars, drums, and bass drive quick and are al over the place. Some of their songs are extremely random and probably hold some hidden meaning while others are straight about one subject. One thing is unique though, after looking at some of their lyrics, they are very poetic and rhyme quite well. That is somewhat uncommon in Punk groups.

Sounds Like: 
Smashing Pumpkins
Name: 
Isaac Gealer
Date Reviewed: 
10/28/2009

Ria

Artist: 
Mike Grutka
Label: 
MDSM Recordings

Right off the bat, you'll notice that Mike Grutka's voice is nasaly. But if you get past that, you'll see that the music is quite nice. It is fairly simple, but who said music needs to be complex to enjoy it, right? Ria harks back to the 90s rock music era with some major pop influence. The are some heavy synths and electronic keys. But it works! It seems to make good driving music. Every track has forward motion and does not seem too slow.

Sounds Like: 
R.E.M., Talking Heads, The Police, U2, Smashing Pumpkins (maybe just the voice)
Name: 
Isaac Gealer
Date Reviewed: 
10/28/2009
Artist: 
RX Bandits
Label: 
Mash Down Babylon

This review will be very biased, but accurate. The RX Bandits are the best band around. They have fully left their Cali Ska days with this 3rd progressive album. With no horns, they attempt to re create the same full feeling they once had but with keys and guitar riffs of mass proportions. It works. Their lyrics have more meaning than ever too. This is one of the biggest things the Bandits have going for them. Their lyrics are about world issues ranging from the changing music industry to the war. This album kicks ass.

Sounds Like: 
Dredg, Unwritten Law, Portugal The Man, The Sound of Animals Fighting
Name: 
Isaac Gealer
Date Reviewed: 
09/30/2009
Artist: 
Kyle Hollingsworth
Label: 
SCI Fidelity

Kyle Hollingsworth is possibly the master of rock piano. His focus on jazz keys pays off with sylish riffs and blasting organs. Kyle's jams are smooth and filled with neat sound effects like voices from the computer phenomena The Sims. Hollingsworth uses samples to create a world of music unknown to the public, and only accepted by your ear drums. His voice swoons and his fingers dance across the keys. This guy plays with soul. Period.

Sounds Like: 
The String Cheese Incident, Todd Snider, Jonny Lang
Name: 
Isaac Gealer
Date Reviewed: 
09/30/2009
Artist: 
Drummer
Label: 
Audio Eagle

A hugely unique fact about Drummer is that, yes, they are in fact all drummers from different bands. They decided to join together and prove that drummers can make a band. And they're good! The guitars and bass are extremely good as they are the primarily heard instrument. The drums are quick and complex adding texture. The vocals are soft but add a unique sound to the group. The music is somewhat poppy but has strong rock roots. The effects are great and the whole feel is comfortable.

Sounds Like: 
The Black Keys, Love As Laughter, TV On The Radio
Name: 
Isaac Gealer
Date Reviewed: 
10/28/2009
Artist: 
Joel Plaskett
Label: 
Maple Music Recordings

Joel Plaskett has a crystal clear sound. His guitar and accompaniament just rings through the recordings. There are some definite folk and blues influences throughout this triple album. There is lap steel, a variety of strings, and even some woodwinds. Joel is somewhat like the Canadian Bob Dylan. This album has something for everyone. There are more rock songs while some are more country. Three is a cool album to have around.

Sounds Like: 
Bob Dylan, The Black Crowes, The Band
Name: 
Isaac Gealer
Date Reviewed: 
10/28/2009
Artist: 
State Radio
Label: 
Ruff Shod Records

State Radio covers all the bases of music targeting youth. They have the punk, the reggae, the rock, and the chill factor to boot. The rock and punk is done right with quick patterns and driving heavy guitars. Their reggae pieces do not reflect the majority of neo-reggae bands today. State Radio keeps the sound of old school reggae with synths and minor sound effects. What they do have in common with bands such as Rebelution or RX Bandits is the message of self enlightenment and standing up for yourself.

Sounds Like: 
RX Bandits, Rebelution, Katastro, 311, Dispatch, Slightly Stoopid, The Expendables or O.A.R.
Name: 
Isaac Gealer
Date Reviewed: 
09/13/2009
Artist: 
Frank Turner
Label: 
Epitaph

Although Frank Turner's rep is that of a British hardcore band front man, his ways have changed. In Poetry of The Dead, Turner throws down a folky soulful sound reminiscent of his old punk days. With the acoustic guitar playing well over the driving electric guitar, Turner creates a unique blend any music conosieur could enjoy. While some songs are strictly acoustic, others have quite the accompaniment of a band. The background includes a full set of keys, a drummer, harmonicas, mandolins, and a bass player. Turner is also quite the lyricist.

Sounds Like: 
The Gaslight Anthem, Oasis, Kings of Leon, The Shins, or Brand New
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