We have our generations' rock, as in Metallica and AC/DC.
Then you have our parents' rock, like Led Zeppelin and Genesis.
Well what about our grandparents rock? Who would be in that category?
I'd say The Beatles and Pink Floyd. However, when you
put in the recent release from Lemon Sun called Run With
The Faithless, there's a definite and obvious comparison to the
likes of a generation of music not normally known to this one.
From the very first song "Congratulate Our Thievery" you're
instantly transported to a time of protests, uninhibited clothing
choices and a few free flowing illegal substances. "What's in
it for me?" makes for a perfect chant through this excellent
rock song. The guitar thudding through the beginning beat eventually
leads into the choir-esque harmonies and then back out to a mixture
of electric guitar, a bit more harmonies and a beat that would probably
be defined as "boogying." In the number "The Thrill"
you have lead guitar that morphs itself into blues reincarnate. And
when the very raw, fairly mellow vocals come in, they only reinforce
that sentiment. And as any blues song should go, this one is about
love (or the lack thereof). The song never really goes much more powerful
than the every-so-often chorus. Though eventually you may be dancing
a bit, because for the most part its a song that reaches deep inside.
The next level down in "mellowness" is "Did You Say."
The guitar rhythm remains not only consistently the same chords, but
the same level and pretty much in the background. If I were [the guitar
player], I might get a little bored, but it does create a nice base
for the song to build off. When the vocals lead into the chorus, it's
very delicate and flows effortlessly in and out. And the harmonies
are just the type to possibly create a sudden urge to add your own
[voice] to the chorus. The final song "Dying Age" is completely
different than the rest of the album, yet somehow just fits. This
is what our grandparents would call a love ballad. The kind of song
that needs a good drink to accompany it, and as the lyrics mention,
this song just lets the album "slip away."
For an unsigned band, these guys are extremely talented. The album
is polished and full of class. From poking around their website,
it's apparent that the older generation feelings flow not only though
the music but the members as well. A performance by them would be
one completely worth checking out.
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