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COLE CHILDERS AURORA REVIEW 2014

 

COLE CHILDERS - AURORA

VANITY MUSIC GROUP

COMING SOON

 

 

Knowing absolutely nothing about an artist is one of the most liberating things about reviewing and Cole Childers new EP ‘Aurora’ is thankfully the sort of radio-friendly modern rock that you find yourself wanting to know more about.

 

Growing up in Bainbridge Island, Washington, singer / songwriter / guitarist Cole Childers was surrounded by Seattle’s grunge movement, and after a stint in the armed forces he formed Virginia Beach-based band Chasing Corona. After some success with that band, as a solo artist Cole has shared stages with the likes of Joan Jett, Creed and Motley Crue.

 

After a perhaps deliberately persuasive ‘Save Me’, the EP really comes to life with ‘Fall with Me’ and if you like modern Rock then it’s hard to knock the construct and it’s a worthy first single, full of raw energy and emotional power, touching upon as it does military sacrifice .

 

‘Addict’ that follows is rather less satisfying, but not much, it does touch on Linkin Park ballardic territory and so I guess if that is your bag then it will hit the spot. Highlight for us though is the distinctly more powerful ‘Run Away’ which rides the biggest wave here.

 

Title track ‘Aurora’ that closes finishes off on a cleaner acoustic note that makes you wonder if these are the bare bones Cole bases his compositions on, if they are then we can give a huge thumbs up to the more organic approach.

 

Whilst there may be nothing here that will strike you as stunningly original where Childers wins you over is with the passion he obviously has for these songs. This was a surprisingly enjoyable EP for someone not normally taken with modern rock – the power is in the songs.

 

 

by Leslii Phillips

 

COLE CHILDERS AURORA REVIEW 2014