The '70s gospel/funk band The Relatives may have reached the end of the road with their latest album "Goodbye World." It features the last recordings of founding member and bandleader Rev. Gean West, who passed away during the recording of this album. The Relatives may be best known for their 1971 single "Don't Let Me Fall" and after disbanding in 1980, they regrouped in 2009 and recorded the album "The Electric World" in 2012. Their latest album features eight-songs that bring back that classic seventies funk sound, beginning with the smooth grooves of "Rational Culture/Testimony" that instantly transforms you back to that period of platform shoes and gold chains. Rev. Gean West gives an honest testimony and while he may have been close to death, he was still preaching as if more followers needed to be saved. The Relatives inject a whole lot of soul into "You Gotta Do Right" and their harmonizing during "He Never Sleeps" is just outstanding and is a lost art in today's new music. The album closes with the funk fueled "What You Say" and the doo-wop sounds of "Forgive Me Now (Songbird Goes Home)." To find out more about The Relatives and their latest release "Goodbye World," please visit therelativesgospel.com.
From Canada comes the new self-titled album from Pet Sun. The new
eleven-song release hits you with a wall of sound, as the band comes
bursting out of the gate with the grunge-like appeal of the opener "The
Dawn." They showcases their influences with the rawness of "Never Quit"
and "Web Of Man," which carries a classic early Kinks sound. Pet Sun
slow down for the six-minute buzz of "Dark Planet" and deliver the
soulful lyrics of "My Mind's A Sofa," before returning to the punk-like
fury of "It's So Sweet." The album finishes with the acoustic strumming
of "Free Season," which showcases the growth Pet Sun have with their
music. To find out more about their latest release, please visit their
Facebook page at facebook.com/petsunrocknroll.
From New York comes the instrumental rock band Standing Stripes with
their debut EP "We Don't Need These Silver Bullets." If features only
four songs, beginning with the short build-up of "What Can We Leave
Behind?," which leads into the full band putting on an energetic display
with "We Don't Need These Silver Bullets." They work their way through
"Forward And Abandoned," featuring some nice drum work, before gliding
to a close with "Sherami." To find out more about Standing Stripes and
their latest release "We Don't Need These Silver Bullets," please visit
their Facebook page at facebook.com/StandingStripes.
From Nashville comes the new live album from avant-garde rockers The
Chewers titled "Live at Exit/In." Last year, they released the studio
album "Dead Dads" as their music has been compared to the experimental,
alternative rock band Ween. The new live seven-song release begins with the
tribal drumming of "Swamp Dog" as guitar solos are swirling around your
head. They force their energy upon you with the chanting vocals of "Cyclicism" and use a hip-hop beat to have fun with the Beck-like sounds
of "Jimmy Does The Shimmy." The album closes with the funk/rock
delivery of "Burn It Down." To find out more about The Chewers and their
latest release "Live At Exit/In," please visit their Facebook page at facebook.com/pages/The-Chewers.
From Toronto, Canada comes the debut album titled "Weathering" from the
eclectic rock band Delta Will. The new eleven-song release begins with
the synth-driven, atmospheric instrumental "Dawn Song." Their love for
electronic beats flows into "We Were Born" as their modern pop sound has
swirling rhythms and keyboard driven riffs. They develop the sound of
"In The Fog" into a 80's pop gem, while the rhythm heaviness of "A
Dream" has an addictive, modern, alternative rock sound that should
catch the ear of college radio. The album finishes with the experimental
sounds of "Hovering" and the gentle flow of the ballad "I Will
Receive." To find out more about Delta Will and their latest release
"Weathering," please visit deltawill.com.