Tuesday, March 26, 2013

CD Review: Indie-Artists Rock Some New Releases

From Charlotte, NC comes the indie rock band, Grown Up Avenger Stuff with their new sophomore release, “Sparkleton.” The band toured behind their 2012 album, “Alive,” opening for bands like Cursive and Sick of Sarah and are currently out on the road promoting this new album with a load of shows at this year’s SXSW festival.

The quick seven-song album combines the elements of rock, pop, alternative and indie-punk to create a very upbeat and exciting sound. Songs like “The Beat” and “The Man” have a great groove that makes these songs stand above the others. Lead singer Deirdre Kroener can sound sweet as in “Sparkleton” and then rock out on “Too Cool,” which shows the diversity in the band musical performance. The album closes with the eerie, slow-buildup of “Do Ya.”

Grown Up Avenger Stuff has a few dates in the North Carolina/South Carolina is before performing at the Launch Music Festival in Pennsylvania at the end of April. For more information on this band, be sure to visit grownupavengerstuff.com.

Next we get a new release from prog-rockers the Monks of Mellonwah. On April 1st they will be releasing their three-part musical trilogy entitled “Sky And Dark Night.” The song must be heard in full trilogy mix to appreciate all that went into this production. The song is only eight minutes and fifteen seconds long, but the tempo changes are what keep it interesting. I hope they expand upon this concept for their next full-length album.

To find out more about the Monk of Mellonwah, please visit monksofmellonwah.com.

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