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Who Will Save Us Now?

NOISE-A-THON RECORDS

2012

 

WORLD CLASS MELODIC ROCK

 

 

 

From the opening melodies and classic rock riff of opener ‘Too Highly Strung’ you know that this is on one level going to be a rewarding album and on another you instantly know that it’s not going to play by the rules.

 

 


What we have is an album that clearly comes from the heart, it may well have one eye on the radio but the other eye is clearly on producing a ‘record’ in the old sense of the word: something that should be taken as a whole an appreciated as a collection of songs that are bigger than the sum of their parts.

 

 


The biggest buzz I get from hearing something like this is that its appeal is all encompassing: you can appreciate the time, effort and musicianship on one level and on another you can just sit back and just enjoy. This isn’t heavy music, it’s grounded in song-writing and driven by Chris’ voice and lyrics which do stand out in a world that often appreciates style over substance.

 

 


To me this is melodic rock at its finest in that it doesn’t really reference a particular style or genre it just relies on great melodies and construction to tell a story. ‘Who Will Saves Us Now’ is like listening to the best of bands like Foreigner with a slant towards the airiness of the West Coast American melodic rock of a number of decades. It’s subtle: at one level it’s a dreamscape, at another it’s clean and lean, resting on a stripped back sound that these days is a real risk.

 

 


‘Just One Thing’ is one of my favourites here, it’s one of those songs that brings back the sound and smell of summer: the joy of being young, and a world that is still optimistic and open. I hear echoes of Enuff Znuff at their most complete, I hear elements of the big melodic names, I hear pop, I hear a band getting the most out of the basics of music: drums, bass, guitar and voice:  but most of all and most pleasing to me I don’t hear a band trying to be like another or hang off the coattails of what the media will tell you is the ‘genre of the day’.

 

 


‘When In Rome’ is replete with real Roman lyrics that took me back to my last visit many years ago, it’s a great song that I can see hitting a large audience if it gets the right exposure. In truth though it’s just one of many great songs here on an album that doesn’t have a weak point.  ‘Missing You’ is a wonderful song that has me reaching for a chance to mention one of my favourite song-writers-  Harry Hess from underrated Canadian Melodic Rock band Harum Scarum, as far as this reviewer is concerned there is hardly a bigger compliment I can pay.

 

 


‘Another Day Like This’ leans beautifully Beatles-ward, and just when you think that you have the essence of the band down pat ‘Love Song’ ups the ante and adds pace to add another welcome dimension. At the moment it’s probably my favourite here, and features my favourite vocal and guitar. To me this is THE song that will demand attention.

 

 


‘Oh Well’ has a lyric that draws you in completely and hits the dilemma of the underexposed band firmly on the head with its “I’ve shed the tears of ten years’ refrain. This is another song to be reckoned with  and one that would not in any shape of form be unwelcome on Top 40 radio. And hey if you want to seal the deal end with a song like ‘Poor Middle Class White Boy’ – who moreso these days needs a blues!

 

 


This isn’t just an album that stands up on a local level it’s an album that nationally and internationally deserves to be heard.   
 

 

 

 

By Mark Diggins