Review for Deux by Davenport Rex

2017-12-24 07:39:03 UTC

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The band’s second studio album stands out as a comprehensive collection of rock songs with a diverse and experimental edge.

Davenport Rex is a music project based in Detroit, Michigan. Their sound is diverse and challenging, yet accessible and appealing. The band’s music stands out as a combination of tasteful progressive rock, with shades of various influences, ranging from alternative to symphonic hard rock, just to mention a few.

“Deux” is the most recent studio effort from the band, and it is a collection of 10 brand new tracks. With their second release, the group set out to create an intricate sound that marks significant development and growth. Opening track, “Shine”, immediately stands out for the beautiful relationship between the fascinating guitar arpeggios and the drum patterns, which lock in together perfectly. The evolving song structure is the first hint of the band’s progressive nature, which shines through even more on other tracks, such as “Bonfires” or “Someday”. On the album, there is also room for melancholic ballads such as “Stolen Heart”, which is filled with lush textures and amazing atmospheres.

One of my favorite songs on the album is certainly “Day After Day”, which strikes me as a perfect combination of the band’s most accessible songwriting and their most experimental nature. “This Old House” is another musical moment that’s worthy of being mentioned as a highlight of this album. The second track of this release is particularly striking, because the vocals have a great rock edge, yet the track has a mid-tempo mood that echoes some of the best alternative rock groups out there, including Pearl Jam or Alice In Chains, just to mention a few.

In conclusion, there are many progressive rock groups out there who try to channel different influences. The endeavor can be risky at times, because attempts at creating diverse music can sometimes fall off the mark and turn into pure indulgence. On the other hand, Davenport Rex truly managed to capture something of value with their new work, creating a genuinely kaleidoscopic collection of music that’s fun to listen to.

Track List


  • Shine - 04:56 
  • This Old House - 04:49 
  • Someday - 05:04 
  • Lullaby - 02:57 
  • Bonfires - 06:47 
  • I'm Waiting - 05:06 
  • Day After Day - 05:32 
  • Stolen Heart - 02:58 
  • So Sorry - 04:40 
  • Simple Love - 03:58


Genre : alternative, prog, rock, symphonic

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New acoustic video "Honestly" by PICTURESQUE

2017-12-22 21:13:35 UTC

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Lexington, KY - December 21, 2017 - Rock band Picturesque is thrilled to share their brand new acoustic video for "Honestly," a melancholy and devastatingly beautiful song chronicling lead singer Kyle Hollis' relationship with his mother. The song comes from the band's debut full-length album, Back To Beautiful, which was released earlier this year via Equal Vision Records.

On the new acoustic video, Hollis shares: "We've had a lot of fun reinventing some of these old songs while we work on new music to release in 2018. We hope you enjoy!"

The band will be hitting the road early next year with Silverstein and Tonight Alive. The six week, full U.S. run, titled "The Get Free Tour," kicks off on January 19th in Cleveland and includes stops in Denver, Los Angeles, Orlando, Philadelphia, New York City, and more. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased at picturesqueband.com.

Picturesque is Kyle Hollis (vocals), Zach Williamson (guitar), Dylan Forrester (guitar) and Jordan Greenway (bass). The band released their long-awaited debut full-length, Back to Beautiful, on July 14th, 2017 via Equal Vision Records. The album was recorded in Los Angeles, CA with producer Erik Ron (Saosin, Panic! At The Disco).

On Back to Beautiful, Hollis says, "The title Back to Beautiful is referring to the early days of the band where we had all relocated to Houston and I went through a rough break up. We were engaged, and I thought I had life from there on out figured out, but I didn't. It hit me hard mentally and physically. I wasn't my normal self. I wasn't sleeping enough because I kept having the same nightmares over and over and when I was awake I was lost in my own thoughts of why things were the way they were."

He continues: "I felt like I wasn't good enough for anyone, I felt like I was a burden on everyone around me because I was in this rut and I was afraid I would drag everyone around me down into it. This feeling lasted until around the time we finished the record. It was as if I had gotten whatever was making me ill out of my system and my entire demeanor began to reflect the change."

Picturesque is led by the truly stunning vocal range and power of Hollis and is supported by equally notable instrumentations that blend rock, post-hardcore and pop influences. The band has toured and shared stages with the likes of I the Mighty, blessthefall, Like Moths To Flames, Our Last Night, SECRETS, SYLAR, and more.


Genre : rock

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Guttersoul by Robert Ledet

2017-12-22 20:59:22 UTC

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Inspired by classic soul records, a collection of electric pianos, and today's affordable recording equipment, Robert Ledet is producing music that merges old school R&B sounds into an updated production style. The Mississippi native has a degree in Architecture that took him to Music City (Nashville, TN) to design buildings and make music. Every sound on Guttersoul was written, engineered and performed by the artist.

Robert Ledet’s self titled EP was released on August 2, 2016. The second EP "Guttersoul" came out December 15, 2017.

"Some great Hammond/Wurlitzer-driven contemporary soul rock seasoned with a good dose of humour and vintage flavors by Nashvillian singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Robert Ledet. Definitely worth more than a listen!"




Track List


  • Play For Free - 02:50 
  • Cry Your Way To Heaven - 03:05 
  • Goodbye To My Lady - 04:22 
  • My Town - 04:39 
  • All That Matters - 04:08 
  • Dreams - 03:24


Genre : r&b, r&b/soul, rock, pop

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New album If You're So Smart, Why Are You So Sad? by NYDTyson

2017-12-18 06:49:27 UTC

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New album from LA lo-fi garage rockers NYDTyson entitled "If You're So Smart, Why Are You So Sad?". With an irreverent punk aesthetic, NYDTyson enjoy playing with tension in their music.  "We've been playing and listening to rock music ever since we met in college, and it seems to have fallen out of fashion. But we're living in pretty unstable times, and playing in a rock band feels like an appropriate outlet to express and explore the rage and confusion a lot of us are feeling right now. Our mission statement as a band is to encourage people to think for themselves. Also, kill the phonies."

Track List

  • Egg - 03:19 
  • What Did You Say? - 02:42 
  • Neanderthal - 04:13 
  • Who Cares? - 05:16 
  • I Think We Both Know - 04:51


Genre : garage, rock, punk

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New album OF SALT AND SEA by PILLARS

2017-12-17 20:42:55 UTC

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PILLARS is an American four piece, primarily instrumental, post-rock band from Indianapolis, Indiana. PILLARS has played alongside established instrumental bands such as Pelican, and indie juggernauts, The Appleseed Cast, The Get Up Kids, The World Is A Beautiful Place And I am No Longer Afraid to Die, We Are Scientists and more.

PILLARS released their first full-length album through the In Store Recordings label, titled "Of Salt and Sea" on December 15th, 2017. “Of Salt and Sea" marks the band’s most complete release to date, while also marking their first entirely instrumental collection of songs. "Of Salt and Sea" exhibits a distinct mesh of musical colors on full display, as the band takes listeners on a aural voyage full of thoughtfully crafted peaks and plunges. From the towering movement, that shares the name of the album, “Of Salt and Sea” to the succinct yet stunning piece “Subtract/Submerge,” the album delivers a rejuvenated post-rock sound that pushes the boundaries of the genre to stratospheric new levels.

"Of Salt and Sea" is available for digital download, in addition to a limited edition pressing on vinyl, which was mastered by Adam Gonsalves (has also mastered albums for Pelican, Elliott Smith, Neurot Recordings, Epitaph Records).

Track List


  • Signal - 00:41 
  • Harbinger - 04:54 
  • Finalita - 04:40 
  • Of Salt And Sea - 07:35 
  • Subtract/Submerge - 04:58 
  • Revelation - 04:25 
  • Residuum - 06:11 
  • SEQII - 00:59 
  • Equinox - 08:04


Genre : rock, ambient, indie, post-hardcore, post-rock, posthardcore

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