Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Album Review - Right Direction by Matt Webb

Well it's been a while since I've posted and what better way to get back into it than an album review.

For those of you that have been hiding with out radio for the past decade Matt Webb is the guitarist from Juno award wining band Marianas Trench. He is preparing to head out on tour for his second solo EP, Right Direction. CBC music blog posted a first listen of the EP and I couldn't resist. Matt's first EP Coda and the Jacket was a great first EP, but his new release has star quality.



Right Direction is a completely different sound from his award winning band Marianas Trench, but it may also be a contender for upcoming awards. Right Direction has a simplistic feel and sound to it, but the melodies, lyrics and feel of the album will surely make you feel good.

Track one "1, 2, 3" has a similar sound to other songs out right now, but Matt's original voice gives it a whole new feeling.
Title track "Right Direction" is a little more up beat and completely catchy. The easy beats from the drums are soothing and Matt's melodic voice will have you relaxed and enjoying the tune.
If you can get Right Direction off repeat and make it to track 3 "Don't Turn Your Back On Me" you will find another perfect song, it has a slight 80's undertone, but yet another song I'm in love with. This track has some amazing harmonies and great guitar backing the song.
"Heartbreakers" is just the song everyone needs to listen too. It talks about ups and downs in relationships. Even if you have the perfect relationship this song can speak to you and make you realize we all have flaws. Most of all the guitar riffs are simply amazing.

Overall I believe this album has an original feel to it, catchy enough for radio play, but different from everything else already played. This maybe the album to take Matt Webb's solo career to the next level. Great job showcasing his singer/songwriter skills.

You can get Right Direction on pre-sale right now from 604 Records. The EP releases February 4th and will be available on iTunes as well as 604 website. To find out if Matt is coming to your city check out his official Face Book page by clicking HERE.

Monday, June 10, 2013

Album Review - By Starlight - Antics


By Starlight Antics Album Review





The amazing band By Starlight has just released the debut album under 604 Records, the same label as popular bands such as Marianas Trench, Carly Rae Jepsen, Faber Drive and Fighting For Ithaca. The Trio has knocked their album Antics out of the park. Antics released on June 4th, 2013 and I have not stopped playing it since.

Antics starts out with their debut single Here’s To The Times, a catchy up beat tune that reminisces about the good times in a relationship gone bad. They have also released a fun video for this song where label mate Josh Ramsay of Marianas Trench plays the douche bag that steals the girl. In the video with the help of his friends/band mates Nigel gets revenge on his high school sweetheart that left him for the over the top Ramsay. The best line in the song is “C U Next Tuesday”, I giggle every time I hear it.

The other songs on the album are just as catchy and you can’t help but dance to the amazing melodies, synths and fist pumping beats. Nigel John Crowe and Rachel Ashmore have amazing vocals that are simple perfection alongside Jeff Zipp’s guitar talents. Each song matches the previous one with great lyrics and instrumentals. I think this band is on to something and is going to shoot to the top of the charts in no time.

Antics closes the album with two of my favorite songs from all the tracks 11:11 and Monster. I’ve got everyone I know dancing to these songs and that is probably the only apology By Starlight needs to make…getting people like me out on the dance floor that have no right being there. Antics is one of the best debuts I have heard from a newly signed artist in a long time. Well done By Starlight and well done 604 for inking this deal.

Antics is now available for download on iTunes and you can follow By Starlight on www.facebook.com/ByStarlightBand or on Twitter @ByStarlightBand Check them out and get ready for a workout because you can’t help but rock out to each and every track. 

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Embrace series - Mother's day GIVEAWAY


It's been a while, so what better time than mothers day to do a giveaway. Thank you all for your encouragement and support. I appreciate you all more than you ever could know. Thank you! <3



Thursday, February 28, 2013

Album Review, Halfway To Hollywood – Party Like Its Prom Night



Fans of Halfway To Hollywood have been waiting a long time for them to release more than just a single and the time has finally arrive. Party Like its Prom Night is their first EP and officially released to the public on March 1st. It can be purchased on iTunes. I was lucky enough to talk to Brenden White, on behalf of himself, Grant Walker and Roman Zugarazo about their new release. I was also lucky enough to be one of the first to here the album. I couldn’t wait to share with readers what we talked about and review the album.
CB: How long did it take to make Party Like Its Prom Night?

HTH: A long time, hah!  We started demoing songs for the EP last January.
Out of twelve songs we demo'd in early January only one (To Yesterday)
made the final EP and it has changed quite from the original version.
Grant and I then took to just sitting down and writing with an
acoustic guitar and after a couple months of writing, we (along with
our producer) were happy with the songs.  We started tracking in June
and finished everything right before our September tour.  From there
it took a few months to mix/master etc.  Then we had to get artwork
done which we did this January.  Seems like a long time but it was a
learning process and we're pretty happy with what we came up with!

CB: Are there any tracks that didn't make the EP?

HTH: There are a lot of tracks that didn't make the EP haha.  Some of our
earlier fans might know what they are.  Songs like "That's What She
Said", "Our Time", "Over You".  There are probably more than 20 though
that we've demo'd and never played live.

CB: How would you describe the EP?

HTH: Poppy, catchy, fun.  Considering there are only five songs (six if
you include the acoustic version of  "Unbelievable") I think there is
a fair bit of variety.

CB: What can fans expect next?

HTH: More tours, a music video, cover videos.  We're hoping to expand our
touring base and hit some new cities in the next 6-10 months.

CB: How can fans reach you and/or help you?

HTH: Probably the best way to reach us is send a tweet to @halfwaytoholly
on twitter!  We talk to everyone who talks to us.  As far as helping
us goes... spread the word and buy merch if you can afford it!  We
don't make much money doing this and we are 100% so we have no label
support.  Every dollar spent on producing music, fixing our van,
fixing our gear has to come from us directly.

CB: How does it feel to finally get a finished EP out to the world?

HTH: Feels great! :p

CB: Where did you record the EP?

HTH: We recorded out in Langley with Danny Craig at his home studio!

 Danny is the man, so probably him on the next EP but Grant and I are
 huge fans of the Friday Night Boys and Andrew Goldstein is doing a lot
 of production work now, so that's one guy for sure!

CB: Anything else you would like to share?

HTH: Keep checking our facebook/twitter/instagram!  In addition to the EP
being out Friday we are making a tour announcement *very* soon!  Hope
to see everyone out there on the road!

Review


I have to begin by saying how impressed by this album I am. Halfway to Hollywood has created an album that speaks to listeners. Five different tracks that are upbeat and fun. More often than not music can affect the listener’s mood and in some cases even encourage certain behaviours. Party Like its Prom Night has everything good to offer. What I am most happy about is the encouragement that can be found in lyrics such as “Somebody To Someone” and Unbelievable.
Recently I posted on facebook that I wish I had written the line “You’re just like a love scene, straight off the big screen.” This is from the chorus of “Unbelievable and I LOVE this lyric. I don’t know a girl out there who wouldn’t love hearing something like this being said about them.
Earlier in the week it was Pink Shirt day. A day dedicated to standing up to bullies. When I heard “Somebody To Someone” tears were brought to my eyes. I couldn’t think of a better song to help teens and adults alike get through the tough times. It reaches in to your very core and helps lift you up. This song reminds listeners that they are worth something.
The remaining tracks on the alum are just as amazing. “Party Like Its Prom Night”, “Green Lights”, and “To Yesterday” are great songs to dance, have fun to and just blast as loud as you can. I have focused on the lyrics on this album because they are eloquently written, but the music is just as amazing. There is a slight electronic feels to some of the songs but not enough to mask the talent of Grant, Brenden and Roman’s musical skills. There’s great beats, amazing riffs and everything you would want on a pop album. Adding an acoustic version of “Unbelievable” was a great way to close off their fist EP. Congrats boys you have created something special here.  

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Album Review – One Day Late




One Day Late is a rock band out of Edmonton, Alberta and they have brought us a fresh new album with a classic rock feel. Their self title 9 track album will have listeners of all ages interested. It’s nice to see a band stay true to what rock music really is and to give listeners something to get excited about. I personally have never heard such a strong debut album for an artist or band in any genre.
One Day Late offers a classic sound inspired by the bands we all know such as AC/DC.  With strong vocals, great instrumentation including guitar riffs you can get lost in, One Day Late will hook you from the first track. The band writes all their own songs and the album was recorded at The Warehouse Studio located in Vancouver where some of music’s best have recorded.  If you are a music lover this is an album you don’t want to miss.
The album opens with Get To You, which is my personal favorite. An excellent choice to get listeners intrigued and interested in the rest of the album. The most recent single Here I Stand this is one of those songs that will give you the rock feel you loved back in the 80’s or if you’re too young for that you will at least get a taste of it. I can’t really say enough good things about this album and my only real complaint is I wanted more. I guess instead of me telling you how amazing every song is you should just pick up the album and see for yourself.
One Day Late has been touring around Alberta and will also be joining Canadian Music Week in Toronto March 2013. If you get the chance to see them live, I highly recommend it. Nothing is better than live music, especially when it’s good music. They have also been getting some great radio play on Alberta’s top rock stations. So help support them by requesting Here I Stand of their first single Full Throttle on your local rock station.
One Day Late can befound on Twitter @OneDayLateBand on Facebook, their websiteiTunesYouTube and Sound Cloud 




ONE DAY LATE
1.       Get To You
2.       Here I Stand
3.       Smile For Me
4.       Hotel Charlie
5.       Ignition (Interlude)
6.       Full Throttle
7.       Crazy
8.       Follow Me