Sunday, November 17, 2013

CD Review: Fresh New Music From Courage My Love and The Tragic Thrills

Canadian trio Courage My Love are bringing their latest release "Becoming" to the U.S. on a winter tour that begins in December with shows in Cambridge, MA and Hamden, CT. The eight-song album showcases a trio of young musicians that have a very youthful, punk-like sound which powers their music.
 
The album starts out with "Skin And Bone," which has a very mature rock sound with aspects of pop thrown in. The energetic punk of "Cold Blooded" is closer to their expertise than the pop-rock of "Unfamiliar Sheets." The alternative-grunge of the guitars in "You Don't Know How" is a great balance to lead singer Mercedes Arn-Horns' powerful vocals. Their music crosses too far into pop territory with "All I Need," before closing with the heavy drumming of "We're Not In Kansas Anymore" and the wonderful harmonizing between the Arn-Horn sisters on "Dark Wood, Dark Water."
 
To find out more about Courage My Love, please visit ilovecouragemylove.com.
 
From California comes one of the hottest underground alternative rock bands, The Tragic Thrills with their self-titled debut album. The album debuted at #7 on Billboard's "Heatseekers" chart and their lead-single, "Tears" is receiving a great amount of air-play along the west coast.
 
The album begins with the energetic, alternative rock of "Tears" as the music is so infectious that you can't help but want to listen to just this song on repeat. Their music heads into a more folk-rock direction on the clap-stomp beat of "Afterthoughts" and "Crazy," before turning on the charm with the Train-sounding "Creeps and Strangers." Their sound grows on you with each song like the acoustic build-up chorus of "Alive" and the fun, west coast rock of "Everyday," before closing their album with the spoken-word lyrics of "Main Girl."
 
The Tragic Thrills recently performed at 91X San Diego's Next Big Thing showcase and have one more live date scheduled at the moment in Arizona. To find out more about The Tragic Thrills, please visit thetragicthrills.com.

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