Wednesday, November 11, 2015

CD Review: New Indie-Music Releases From HUGElarge, A Fragile Tomorrow, The Pressure Kids, Random Huiak Band And Ben Hemming

The duo of Robert Malta (vocals, guitar) and Matt Norelli (drums) have joined forces as the raw, indie-rock band HUGElarge. They recently released their self-titled debut album through HWY 61 Records and it features garage rock renditions of some underground classics from The Kinks, The Stooges, T. Rex and others. The new 16-song release begins with 69-seconds of the power punk pop delivery of "Sorry ( I Ran All The Way Home)" that is guarantee to get your heart pumping. They add some grunge sound to the album with the original instrumentals "D.O.G." and "Have Love Will Travel." HUGElarge bring us back to the sixties with "Sometimes Good Guys Don't Wear White," then they discover the raw power of The Kinks with "Who'll Be The Next In Line" and bring out the essence of T-Rex's grit in "Motivator." The energy these two musicians put out is felt in the punk rock appeal of "New York" and the guitar buzz of "96 Tears." To find out more about HUGElarge and their debut album, please visit hugelarge.com.

From South Carolina comes the latest release from the alternative pop band A Fragile Tomorrow titled "Make Me Over." Since starting out in 2003, the band has been an underground sensation that has found a following among fellow musicians like the Indigo Girls, The Bangles and Matthew Sweet just to name a few. Their new album begins with the power rocker "Make Me Over (Noddy Holder)" as the band comes through with a chip on their shoulder. The big arena sound of "Billion" and the light-hearted pop of "Kissing Games," show that A Fragile Tomorrow are ready to become a mainstay on the radio. Their song "Tell Me How To Feel" sounds as if it came from the Elvis Costello songbook, while "Hit Parade" shows the band having fun experimenting with their sound. The new thirteen-song release closes with the up-tempo power pop of "Can't You Hear Me?" and the country/folk rock of "One Way Ticket," which features help from Joan Baez and the Indigo Girls. To find out more about A Fragile Tomorrow, please visit afragiletomorrow.com.

One of America's newest alternative rock bands is The Pressure Kids with their latest three-song EP titled, "Tiger." It was mixed and produced by Brian Herman (Vampire Weekend) and showcases the band's love for music as they explore the different aspect of pop, punk and alternative rock. The opener, "Big Sky" has a youthful energy with a smooth rock tone that is sure to draw in that younger audience of fans that the The Pressure Kids are looking for. The vibe for "Consequences" has a mature appeal, while "For Kim" has more pop aspects as they continue to grow and find their direction. To find out more about The Pressure Kids, please visit their Facebook page at facebook.com/thepressurekids.

The Random Hubiak Band are definitely keeping themselves busy. They released an EP of new songs at the beginning of the year and then, they are capping off 2015 with another full-length album, before heading back into the studio to work on their first double-album in 2016. The new album titled "The Bleached Bones Of Titans" begins with the uptempo pop tunes "Why Did You Leave Me Along On Christmas" and "Affected Disaffection." Singer/songwriter Rand Hubiak stated that this album was heavily influenced by epic seventies rock albums by Genesis, Yes and Elton John. The three-part musical odyssey "Jaffa" has that classic progressive-rock story appeal, before heading into the Meatloaf-like delivery of "I Really, Really Dugg'er." This new eleven-song release closes with the heartfelt piano ballad "Long May You Run," which showcases Hubiak's true talents. To find out more about The Random Hubiak Band and their latest release "The Bleached Bones Of Titans," please visit their Facebook page at facebook.com/TheRandomHubiak.

From across the pond comes the latest release from London-based singer/songwriter Ben Hemming titled "Broken Man." His sound have a big blues influence as two songs from the new album were featured in the latest issue of "The Blues Magazine" as Ben was name one of the "artists to watch." The new thirteen-song release begins with the quick strumming of "Black Heart" as the stomp-rhythm helps keep the pace. His simplistic experimental side reminds me of a cross between Jack White and Neil Young with songs like "What I Once Had" and "I Make A Living," having a different vibe coming from Ben's acoustic guitar. His song "Cigarette Blues" has that great classic Robert Johnson feel, while "Found My Way" has an alternative/grunge vibe. The album closes with the dirty blues of "The Road" and a great crackle sounding recording of "The Old Country" made at Jack White's Third Man Records Recording Booth. To find out more about Ben Hemming and his latest release "Broken Man," please visit hist Facebook page at facebook.com/benhemmingmusic.

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