When seeing live music, it comes down to the improvisational Jams for me. When offered a free ticket to the Sold Out Glass Animals at the 9:30, I perused their catalog on Spotify and thought it would be a change of pace and something different to write about for my ever-growing portfolio. With that in mind, I'll just jump right in.
I was unimpressed with this group, which has gained immense popularity over the past few years and it makes me feel as though I am disconnected with the younger generation in today's society, especially musically but I suppose that's what growing up is all about. There were people at this show who seemed like they had their life changed, people singing every word, jumping up and down, woman swooning. I haven’t seen anything like it in the Jam world, where musical prowess exceeds catchy lyrics and electronic “drops.”
Credits: Amanda Lynn
Glass Animals needs to find their funky side, get in touch with the roots of the music they are playing, instead of accentuating the pop bullshit. There were some moments within their performance that were well done, thought out and original but these seemed to be overshadowed by the musical/performance process itself.
While high in energy, Glass Animals could only keep my interest for a short time before ultimately, I kept wondering, "When will I hear a freakin’ guitar solo?" The musical capabilities of this band seems highly limited and very pop-keyboard centric, which with all due respect, takes a certain skill set of its own but it's not really in the same class of musicianship that I am used to seeing; it's more learning to synthesize and arrange computer sounds. The lyrics to their songs were catchy and again, pop oriented but I could see something there beyond the surface level. I would suggest that Glass Animals searches these depths to find the true nature of their lyrical qualities and musical abilities. Perhaps visiting the Talking Heads catalog and learning how to incorporate true musicianship and lyrical competency into what they are trying to achieve.
Flashpoint are an Alternative Rock band formed in In 2010 by former front man and guitarist for Los Angeles based band Nimbus, Tim Deschaine. He moved to Augusta, Kansas to start a family. Tim returned from a short break to form the band after discovering the Wichita Music scene . Deschaine soon decided to form a new band ,so called on close friend and guitarist, Josh Gilbert, to join him alongside Flashpoint's first drummer and bassist Joshua Naval. The original drummer soon decided to leave and was replaced by current drummer Ammon Ohlson. Hence Flashpoint was born!
The band have been performing at local clubs in Kansas over the past few years and released several singles . They recently decided to record a full length album called “ Through Blue Eyes”, which came out last May.
Flashpoint are an emerging talent of a variety of differing sounds that can certainly appeal to anyone’s taste. The influence of several genres can be heard in the music they create, which incorporate blues, soul, funk, jazz - fusion with fuzzy guitars , provocative lyrics and huge choruses.
These can be sampled with a few selections from the band’s back catalogue. We begin with Wake Up . An infectious song that is rich in pop hooks and , with its In Bloom- esque riff , offers a platform for Deschaine’s delicate vocals that stretch over each verse and introspective lyrics.
The Longing is different in tone with the swirling effects of a wah wah pedal adding a dark texture to Deschaine’s melancholy. The song’s distorted solos are a psychedelic journey through isolation and loneliness.
Get Down is replete with jazz fusion and upbeat chords that are a throwback to the tantalising wizardry of Santana. Deschaine’s vocals are as smooth as crystal and inventive with each constructed riff the band provides.
Here his vocals bounce with every percussion beat and Naval’s bass thunders in unison Gilbert’s hypnotic guitar effects.
and finally, Everyday Blessings is an electric acoustic track that mesmerises with the melodic vocals and tight rhythm section that resonates with each chord struck.
Any fans may be more interested to know the group have a multitude of sites they can be contacted on.
Firstly, the band’s website http://flashpointignitesyou.com/ is accessible and fan friendly. Fans can find a short bio on the band, latest tracks on a music player plus photos and tour dates on one page. All you need to do is scroll down.
Facebook Page is similar to the homepage, in which fans can gain easy access to the band’s back catalogue, latest events, videos and music. The animated logo of the band attracts the reader because it shows the band’s personality, plus you can read what other fans think, which conveys the band are approachable.
Instagram This site offers some nice colourful pictures of the group on tour and the group’s cover art. I feel this shows the band’s personality and willingness to share with the fans.
The Chemical Trails are Brit Indie -Rock band founded by Adrien Liss (singer, songwriter and producer) and the bassist Josh DeMita .
The duo began to produce and write all the music instruments, arrangements and edited their own material until November 2012 when they decided to move to London. They then proceeded to assemble the line-up of today that are Adrien (Lead Voice - Acoustic Guitar -Piano -Synth) Josh ( Bass Guitar - Backing Voice) Enzo Nezi (Guitars- Backing Voice Jack Zonato (Guitars - Backing Voice), Fabio Bizzi (Drums). The band cite Radiohead, Depeche Mode, U2, Jeff Buckley, Pink Floyd, Beatles, Coldplay and in general, music from 80"s 90's as their major influences. The band say of their bond "Prior of being musicians our band it's a family. This passion, energy, and love for art in general, reflects in our songs. We love music and we're fighting every day to do this for the rest of our life, hopefully giving emotions to everyone's listening to our songs” .
They recently released their first EP Chemical Trails , a collection of singles, which you can find on Soundcloud. The EP is a fresh new trek through electronica , anthems, and atmospheric tunes .
Opener Rabbit Hole is a hotbed of electric synths and thick bass that guide you through a haze. Liss’ vocals slither along to the laid back beats. This is a fantastic way to open up an album brimming with emotions.
The Fall is a big stomper. The opening riff harks back to 70’s classic rock mixed with a psychedelic edge that feels like you’ve been caught in a cloud. A polished and beautiful track that could be a hit.
Morning After is a dark acoustic track entrenched in misty overtones and mellifluous vocals that are dripping with emotion and sorrow.
Living Volcain is a gothic track that is reminiscent of the synth rock of Depeche Mode. Liss’ vocals are haunting over the echoes of pounding drums and dual singing adds depth to the melancholic atmosphere.
And finally, Illuminati finishes with a melodic track that would please fans of 80’s electric Pop. Liss delivers a spoken word performance over a driving rhythm mixed with an enchanting chorus
The band share a passion and talent that is transparent in the music they play. The reader can join this journey via a few accessible sites
https://www.chemicaltrails.co.uk/ This is the recently created webpage by the group that is very impressive. The design is sharp and professional. The viewer can get easy access to the trails’ latest music, concerts, videos and news.
https://www.facebook.com/chemicaltrails is a very good site for new followers. There is footage of the band in rehearsal plus mp3’s tour dates, videos, music schedule and all the latest news and posts.
https://twitter.com/Chemtrailsound gives the followers an opportunity to message and tweet them plus updates on the band’s latest whereabouts.
https://www.instagram.com/chemicaltrailsmusic/ provides a selection of bright and colourful pictures of the band in action.
Mama’s Madness are a Three- Piece Rock n Soul band from Pittsbugh, Pennsylvania that are known for their high energy performances. The group consists of Brad Gelphart ( Vocals, Harmonica, Guitar) Kevin Brennflek (Bass) and Joey Maglicco ( drums) . They are said to be influenced by James Brown, AC/DC and Creedence Clearwater Revival, which is apparent from the beginnings of the band’s self- titled debut . A Seven-track LP that produces a half hour combustion of classic rock, soul, country and blues topped with the band’s own trademark energy.
Mama’s Madness is an enjoyable celebration of impassioned vocals, muscular riffs and humorous lyrics that is easy to feel an instant liking for this band. This LP is a good start to take in the journey to discover what makes the band tick.
Opener WooHoo, begins with the pulsating howls of Gephart over a slick groove sets the mood that culminates in a catchy chorus that’ll leave listeners humming.
Next is the countrified Long Time , which is two minutes of knee slapping fun with its upbeat rhythm.
Lonely one is a more melodic track that focuses on heartbreak. The opening one minute acoustic intro sets the tone for a more pop -laden flavour enriched with angst and bitterness.
Superstar is a two minute explosive acoustic track. Gephart’s lung- busting screams are accompanied by the up-tempo rhythm he matches with aplomb on guitar. The singer’s song- writing grows with each track he writes on with a keen eye for observation and humour. This song is an example with its satirical tales of being a superstar.
Giddy up is the standout track clocking in at over 5 mins. It swaggers along to an with an aggressive blues rhythm that slithers along like a snake waiting for its pray. Gephar’’s vocals are sly and clear like a certain Bon Scott in his heyday. This combination works to effect on this track about being an outlaw.
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Almost Free is another track drenched in all the sleaze and attitude as the previous track. Another enjoyable tune which highlight Gephart’s vocal range between full -throttle howls and a snarl that purrs over every insatiable word complete with a dirty bass sound that crawls along to every emollient syllable expressed.
And finally, the album wraps up with the rockabilly Loco, a song about been driven crazy by a woman. A flamenco- enhanced tune with beats that embody personality and guile. This is a band that have an arsenal of talent that can certainly appeal to a more global ranging audience with a rumbling Rhythm section and fun songs written for enjoyment.
Facebook This is the more accessible fashion to discover more music, photos , events and photos of the band.
Reverbnation This is another useful site to gain information , as well as latest tracks and info on the members.
The band will be next performing on Febraury 23rd at Howlers bar in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.