Sunday, 10 June 2018 00:00

Alone Together- EP Review

Alone Together are an Indie/ Pop band from East Los Angeles formed in 2015 by lead Vocalist/ Rhythm Guitarist Calista Del Toro and Backing Vocalist /Bassist Chloe Guzman at the age of 15, whom are joined by lead Guitarist Anthony Guerra and Drummer Jacob Guzman. They have built a reputation on strong performances and winning several Best of Band competitions. Last year, they released their debut self-titled debut EP, a vibrant buzz of dynamic rock and tunes that are as addictive as sugar candy. Alone Together express that type of female- fronted bands that made Paramore a success in the Mid 2000’s. They are a cohesive unit capable of writing effective pop songs and music based on basic progressions, which produces a frenetic and loveable sound.

Opener Out is impactful with its groove- oriented Pop. Calista’s vocals conveys all the emotion that is relatable about not giving up on your dreams. The slide guitar guides the listener like a compass directing the ear. A catchy chorus and a tight drumming pattern that creates a rhythmic structure that you can’t help but feel hooked.

Show Me is a Guitar-Oriented track that is more energetic and boisterous than the opener . The addition of Chloe Guzman’s harmonious backing vocals makes this track more commercially assessable for a teenage audience, which starts with a rolling rumble of power chords that progresses into a melodic bridge and heartfelt lyrics that is fast, effective and full of charm.

The Package is a more placid track about moving on from a previous relationship. There is a more mid- tempo pace here that suits the soft nature of Del Toro’s vocal lines. I feel this blends well with more ballads like this one in comparison to the more up tempo rock songs. The overall tone and progressions are intimate, which I felt is personal. The guitar harmonies build to a screeching halt that conveys moving on whilst the choral singing by the group is a nice refrain to wrap up this enchanting track.

And Finally, Lonely LuLu is a mellow track rich in texture and melancholic tones. I feel the juxtaposition of lead vocals and backing supplement one another to give a sound that is as every bit as isolated as the lyrical content. I feel this is a good track to end on because of the feeling conveyed upon completion. The acoustic guitar and distorted electric guitars combine with the driven bass pedal effect that feels like the listener is entering a journey with the band.


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Alone Together will be next appearing at Tribal Café, W Temple St, Los Angeles on June 16th.

 

About The Venue

TRIBAL CAFE ESPRESSO HEALTH BAR
“Healthy Food for the Masses”

Tribal Café Espresso Health Bar is a health-driven, fast-casual café offering a unique, multi-branded menu with 3 distinct food categories: the Tribal Deli, the Tribal Juice Bar and the Tribal Espresso/Tea Bar.

Tribal Café Espresso Health Bar serves healthy, affordable and innovative California comfort food cuisine designed for both the vegetarian and traditional food lovers.   We offer a menu of well-conceived simple foods– delicious Buddha Bowls, Green Salads, Sandwiches, Wraps & Burritos, Fruit Smoothies & Green Smoothie Meal Replacements & Fresh-Squeezed Green Juices.

Our emphasis is on healthier ingredients, more generous portions of fresh leafy greens & fresh-cut veggies and fruits on top of nutritious meat and plant-based proteins and ancient grains.

Our forceful objective is to promote our healthier food offerings to make an impact in our collective fight against the epidemic of degenerative diseases brought about by the typical “western” diet we were induced to consume for years.

Premised on a vision to offer “Healthy Food for the Masses”, our pricing structure leans towards the “affordable”. Our long-range goal is to expand and fill the ever-growing need for truly-nourishing food and drinks in the “food oasis” that is the general Los Angeles community, specifically in the poorer, underserved areas of the city.

FORESTEATER + THE PERT CREATURES + ALONE TOGETHER
6pm / $10 Donation

For more information on the band please visit http://www.alonetogetherband.com/ for upcoming gigs, colourful images of the group performing, merchandise and further songs too.

You can also follow them via their social media accounts ;

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Rock is always on a constant to find a band to make us stand up and listen - Please step forward Blue Helix! They are a melodic/grunge rock band from Washington State, USA and Sao Paulo, Brazil formed in 2008 by the talented vocalist Sami Chohfi. The other band members are Arman Birang (Guitar), Marco Bicca ( Drums) and Brandon Wolf Gebhardt ( Bass).

The band’s sound replicates all the mechanisms of 90’s rock with it’s powerful choruses, distorted riffs and relatable lyrical content. Blue Helix recently released a follow up to the successful A Tale Of Two Halves with latest EP Anti-social Butterfly, Available via itunes, Spotify, Soundcloud etc .

The album begins with the self-titled track with an anti- bullying message as powerful as the vocal lines that strike like a venomous snake. Chohfi’s sneers reverberate around a driving rythm that bounces with each tenacious drumbeat. The foot stomping riff has all the hallmarks to break the mainstream rock charts.

https://soundcloud.com/bluehelix-music/01-anti-social-butterfly?in=bluehelix-music/sets/anti-social-butterfly

Enemy delves into the band’s more melodic arsenal with another evocative message. This track about self- loathing is replete with power chords that bridge a catchy pop hook. Lyrics about social anxieties and battling demons work a treat for the band because it is accessible to listeners who relate through an emotive narrative that is told through a versatile vocal range .

https://soundcloud.com/bluehelix-music/02-enemy?in=bluehelix-music/sets/anti-social-butterfly

Despair is a short and effective interlude that clock in with over a minute. A dark and haunting track with atmospheric electronics that feels like a man alone revealing his inner struggles to a public audience.

https://soundcloud.com/bluehelix-music/03-despair?in=bluehelix-music/sets/anti-social-butterfly

This Tragedy  Despair is a beautiful and melancholic look at global affairs that sees the band’s sound evolving not only through the aforementioned impressive vocal ranges, but through lead guitarist Birang’s ability to construct harmonic riffs that builds to an intense solo that feels like the music is soaring higher and higher. This Tragedy Despair goes into this tragedy as an intro. The song was written about a horrible flight I was on that hit horrible air and many of us on the plane thought we were going to crash. The 0xygen masks fell down and people were screaming. I wrote those two songs referring to all the thoughts going through my head in that time of crisis.

https://soundcloud.com/bluehelix-music/04-this-tragedy?in=bluehelix-music/sets/anti-social-butterfly

Runaways is another hard rock track that delivers heavily distorted guitars and bone shattering breakdowns . The musicianship impresses with transitions from low tuned power chords and melodic verses that builds a monstrous chorus that shares are not too similar to SOAD vocalist Serj Tankian. The rhythm section of bassist Wolf and Drummer Bicca intensity creates a more refined sound to the band’s depth.

https://soundcloud.com/bluehelix-music/05-runaways?in=bluehelix-music/sets/anti-social-butterfly

The EP closes with the commercially viable Anodyne  which is a love song for music. A pop fused journey that venture into radio territory with its multi layered keyboards and guitar hooks wraps up an enjoyable outing for the group. The polished production and musical craft proves Blue Helix have the ingredients to succeed.

Sami Chohfi wrote and recorded all the songs. Anodyne lead Guitar was written by Arman Birang. This Tragedy was written by Sami Chohfi.


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You can access Blue Helix via several social accounts;

https://www.bluehelixmusic.com/ is professionally designed for fans to get insight into each member’s bio, Album’s lyrics, latest news, tours and videos.

https://www.facebook.com/BlueHelixMusic/ features band photos, event updates, a community section for fans , posts.

https://twitter.com/bluehelixmusic features latest tweets on concerts, news, videos, media.

https://www.instagram.com/bluehelixmusic/ a collection of colourful and intimate images of the band in concert.

 

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Mark Stone and The Dirty Country Band- For Stories EP Review

 

Mark Stone & the Dirty Country Band , from Minnesota, formed in 2012 as a solo project for Mark Stone himself. Since then, Stone (Guitar/Vocals) has acquired the musical talents of Todd Jameson (Bass), Johnny Strutt (Drums) to form The Dirty Country Band.

They are influenced by Southern Rock and Country, which is prevalent in the song structures and writing. However on their latest release “ For Stories” takes a different direction. The main focus is on good ol’ country rock with hard rock riffs and powerful beats. This EP sees the group coming into their own as a close knit outfit that is evident on here. The chemistry between the music is apparent from the beginning that these are men love their craft!

On first track Until Someone Remember my name is a nice country song that is relatable to a contingency of folk who want to pack in their jobs to play music. The overall structure of the track is a feelgood one steeped with elements of heavy guitar lines that are reminiscent of 70’s southern rock. And a strong, swinging rhythm that supplements Stone’s reflective lyrics.

When love goes to war is an acoustic track that is suitable for a long drive home along the highway. Stone shows his versatility with the guitar and on vocals that express raw emotion that will touch any heartstring in this song about falling out with a loved one. It is these samples of the ability to produce natural forms of motions through music that makes Stone a good songwriter.

The things that impress me the most about Mark Stone and The Dirty Country Band is the musical textures that plays off each other . Strutt’s drumming remains consistent throughout, acting like a metronome that dictates the rhythm. Furthermore, The intelligent lyrics that retain strong storytelling throughout.

Faster than they fall is a combination of Dirty Country ( Excuse the pun!) and Boogie Rock. The riff is a loud and simple juggernaut of a tune that will keep your feet swaying. The strong beats reflect Skynyrd in there pomp with driving rhythm section is like a train pounding the tracks at high speed. This is my favourite standout track that could easily be a breakthrough in the commercial rock charts with fans of 70s and 80’s southern rock .

 

And finally, before you are gone is a country/gospel track that is a nod to religious faith that introduces an organ section that adds depth to the melody vocal lines that make this a beautiful end to an accomplished outing for the dirty country band.

The eP is now available for pre- oreder on Itunes.https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/for-stories-ep/1343653581

You can catch the band on April 5th with the 2 dudes w/ acoustic guitars @ Neumann’s bar in St Paul, Minn

You can also gain further access to the band’s catalogue, tours, news and merchandise via

http://www.markstonemn.com

https://www.facebook.com/markstonemn

https://twitter.com/mst0ne

https://www.youtube.com/c/MarkStoneandtheDirtyCountryBand

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