Tuesday, November 5, 2013

CD Review: New Music From Manraze And Twin Forks Bring Back Familiar Faces

When it comes to "spin-off" bands, fans flock to them to find some hidden treasures that some artists may have been keeping a secret from their main band or that these artists just want to try something totally different. Two of these so-called "spin-off" bands are Manraze which is a fairly new trio featuring Phil Collen (Def Leppard), Paul Cook (Sex Pistols) and Simon Laffy (Girl). The other "spin-off" band features Dashboard Confessionals frontman Chris Carrabba experimenting with a little different sound then he is used.
 
Manraze began back in 2005 with the release of their debut EP "Surreal." After receiving rave reviews for their style of music, the band split and went back to their "day jobs." They reconvened again in 2011 to release their second album "PUNKFUNKROOTSROCK," which included an amazing cover of Jimi Hendrix's "Fire." Now Manraze are ready to release their new 3-song EP entitled "I Surrender" on November 12.
 
The ten-minute album starts off with a familiar Def Leppard-feel pop rocker "I Surrender" that is very infectious with some of Collen's best guitar work. Next, the band brings back a newly recorded version "All I Wanna Do" from their second album. The song's acoustic backdrop gives a loose feeling to song's recording, while the closing "Connected" is a blast of punk rawness that gives great anticipation to their next release.
 
To find out more about Manraze's latest release, please visit manraze.com.
 
Dashboard Confessionals front man Chris Carrabba is ready to tackle something new. His latest adventure is the Americana band Twin Forks and their self-titled debut album.
 
The upbeat, stomp-along feel of the opener "Back To You" has the perfect recipe for success, following the heels of The Lumineers and Of Monsters And Men. Carrabba's knack for writing catchy songs continues with "Something We Just Know," before the band brings out a little rawness with "Cross My Mind" as you feel like part of their musical circle. The album closes with the fun, Irish/Celtic, clap along tempo of "Scraping Up The Pieces."
 
The Twin Forks are touring through Canada in November before heading over to Australia in December. To find out more on their new album, please visit twinforksmusic.com.

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