the Go Set…

…not something I would usually review here (am not supposed to be reviewing at all right now), this band is a lot bigger than the Relics, but I did listen to them and did dig them, so by proxy, the are now Relics themselves.  Very polished, high end production, pop folk punk, done very well. AND they have bagpipes!!! AND no it’s not hokey, it really adds a nice vibe to the music. They have a new album coming out next month and are touring here in the states…  |

…almost like them better live…

Dead Clones – S/T LP

Dead ClonesChristian, the mastermind behind Dead Clones, hit up me up to do a review, just as I was editing my review policy…I am only reviewing bands that submit requests themselves. Well this guy Christian, is a jack of all trades and Dead Clones isn’t too shabby. To start off with, the cover art is eye catching and demands that you give this thing a spin (at least that was my thinking).  The bio thing reads, “Dead Clones is songwriter-drummer-guitarist-vocalist Christian Fontana, who teamed up with lead singer Nasty Nesti and bassist Pedro Galdi to record the Dead Clones’ self-titled, 11 song debut album – mastered by John Davis (Royal Blood). Live, Fontana gets behind the drum kit and the guitar duties are left in the hands of Felipe Pavani and Lëndia.” They are represented at all the usual sites, with a Soundcloud, Spotify, iTunes, Youtube, and a Facebook, so there’s no shortage of opportunities to listen to this LP or to get acquainted with the project. It’s pretty much hit or miss on this thing. Some songs I found very enjoyable (edgy), while others left a little bit to be desired (sedate), pretty half and half I’d say (if you could divide 11 by 2). I suppose you would describe them as indie, and I’d imagine they would do very well on college radio and a label like Epitaph would be a good match. Just tame enough to be desired by the masses and at times edgy enough to appeal to the deepest underground dweller. Christian is an extremely talented musician and songwriter, and does himself a service by surrounding himself with other talented folks, this is obviously not his first go at creating music. The catchiest song, with a nice sing-a-long chorus and little sax thrown in…


Oblio – Square Pegs EP

OblioI almost didn’t do this review, not because I don’t like the band (I don’t see any point in telling bands they suck), because there is something likeable about them, but my old hardcore judgemental self tells me I shouldn’t. In my eyes, this is a pretty tame band, there’s is nothing extreme about them and usually I go for the sound that has some kind of unique edge to it. That’s not to say that this band isn’t unique, I can’t think of a band they are imitating, they are quite simply, Oblio. If you had to lump them somewhere it would probably be in a pop-rock type of category. Are they part of the amorphous mass that is “alternative rock”? The reality that I had to come to accept is that this duo write extremely catchy, unwaveringly melodic, lyrically sophisticated tunes and they groove well together. I can’t call myself a music lover and not admit that this is well done stuff from a pair of talented dudes, maybe it’s just not MY stuff. They make me feel confused, out of my element and yet invited to participate and enjoy. I’m out of the popular music loop, but I can’t believe I haven’t heard of these guys at least in passing somewhere. Even though I wouldn’t be buying, there is definitely a huge market for this kind of sound and I could easily see them making a decent living at their craft, deservedly so. And what the hell they’re from my hometown, if you live in LA and your girlfriend digs U2, Sting or REM (they could easily open for those bands or their modern equivalents), go see them play, she will thank you. Here’s what I got from their bio page…
“Oblio is an alternative rock duo from Los Angeles. The band’s two songwriters – Free Hallas and Blake Russell – draw their sound from a wide range of alt. rock influences, including Weezer, The Replacements, Brand New, Elliott Smith, and Nirvana. The two bandmates are also cousins, who’ve collaborated on musical projects for years. Oblio frequents many LA venues, including the Whiskey A GoGo, and is gaining featured slots on indie-rock radio programs. Oblio’s debut release “Square Peg” is a collection of songs entirely written, recorded, produced, mixed, and mastered by the duo. The Square Peg EP is now available as a free download on their bandcamp page. The EP has also been made available on major digital music vendors including iTunes, Amazon, and Spotify.”
I guess, based on that information, you gotta also give them a boat load of credit for being utterly and completely DIY (Blake is the one who hit me up for a listen/review, not some management/PR company), that is a no bullshit achievement and highly thrifty, I might add. The cousins are well represented on the web, with their own website aptly called Oblio, Soundcloud, Bandcamp (where you can buy hardcopies/downloads of their EP), Facebook, Twitter, Youtube and Reverbnation. This here tune was a pretty good example of their writing skills….
Mr. 50 Questions
…and I forget just why I had complained in the first place.
…and how can I still have an ego, you know I only play the bass.
The medal on my chest says “best at trying hard”…But I hardly tried.
…and how can one girl be so beautiful she makes a man a boy?
…and I regret not playing nicer with her heart like a child’s toy.
The comedy routine’s called “love will find away”…and I laughed so hard!
How can one man have so many friends?
I have so many questions.
How can one band fit so many trends?
I have so many questions.
…and how can body parts and chemicals control the mighty man?
…or how they fuel false emotions, I will never understand.
The sign outside says “we do happy endings”, so why did I cry?
How can one man have so many friends? …I have so many questions!
How can one band fit so many trends? …I have so many questions!
How can one world have so many ends? …I have so many questions!
How can one God have so many plans? …I have so many questions!
Surprise! Surprise… I have no other plans.
I have no other hands to hold, it’s why I can’t let go.
There’s no good disguise for weary eyes,
And mine are always closed.
How can one man have so many friends? …I have so many questions!
How can one band fit so many trends? …I have so many questions!
How can one world have so many ends? …I have so many questions!
How can one God have so many plans? …I have so many questions!
So many questions for you