Green River Ordinance...

It may not be a common household name just yet, but after their debut release on Virgin Records titled Out Of My Hands, adding to their 2 other For Mona releases since 2003, I have a feeling even your six year old brother who still listens to the Barney soundtrack (is that even still on?) will know who they are by the end of the summer. Following the footsteps left behind by The Fray and OneRebuplic in the last couple of years, GRO pumps out radio/piano rock in a style similar to a younger, poppier, and less godly Switchfoot. Comparable also to Matchbox 20, Stabilo, and even Vertical Horizon if you remember them from back in the day (my day), they even seem to come close to a really commercial Jimmy Eat World at their best.
Although I've never heard this band before now, every song sounds eerily all to familiar, and catchy choruses prove it easy to sing along to instantly like you've known the song for years. Although at times almost painfully typical, there is a twinge of country throughout the album setting it apart, and the vocals belt out heart-wrenching lyrics in a way that defeats any comparison.
Keep an ear out for these guys if you like any of the bands mentioned above.

I'm Sarah. I do what I want.

Halfdown Thomas... I may be rude but I'm funny.

So I'm sitting here listening to what sounds like the new Godsmack album and like, wow, talk about blast from the past.. and one of the most emburrassing phases of my past at that.
Something sounds a little off with this album, it's a little softer the whole way through, more melodic but the vocals still scream Sully. More radio friendly, this album titled Beautifully Strange really takes a cue from the other popular radio rock my cock rock music of today, combining all the necessary ingredients... a dash of Nickelback, a sprinkle of Pearl Jam, a smidgen of Seether, and a few shakes of Hinder and Three Days Grace. The secret ingredient is a combination of the harder, darker Drowning Pool and the lighter, softer Eve 6. Bingo, you have yourself another shitty rock band!
Okay okay, it's not that it's a shitty album, it is Godsmack after all isn't it?!
Musically the album is actually pretty solid, whipping out a few guitar solo's here and there, Kroeger'ing those vocals up nice and purty, and even some undeniable head banging moments... what more can you ask for?
Not my cup of tea, I mean I thought Godsmack's time was done with the 90's, but considering how popular Nickelback is now aday's (I mean seriously people WHAT THE FUCK) I'm sure the new Godsmack album will... oh my, wait a minute... my bad... this isn't a Godsmack album at all... it's actually Halfdown Thomas... how embarrassing... I just... The vocals... It sounded... Yikes.

I'm Sarah. I do what I want.

Pat McGee, give it to me...

Pat McGee and his band of merry men have done it again. These Days, is the accurately named 7th release from these Virginia natives. From start to finish this album has an organic yet passionate sound, that of a true rock band. At times this album evokes feelings of reflection and melancholy, but then turns it around and allows me to see the brighter side of things. I admire the way Pat and his band are able to combine the workings of a straight up jam band, with hints of mainstream pop rock and an undertone of country roots. Musically, These Days is a well blended sound of simple yet very catchy melodies, but with the addition of instruments like saxophone, cello and various percussion tracks makes it even more of a robust sound. At times, I am reminded of such artist as Bon Jovi, Rob Thomas and Johnny Rzeznik of the Goo Goo Dolls, and I believe that pat and his band have qualities destined for the charts! All in all These Days is a well orchestrated piece of gold old fashion rock. Honourable mention to #3 Elizabeth, #4 come back home and #8 end of October.

It's Chris James Bitch.