Tuesday, September 13, 2016

CD Review: New Music From The Livesays, Neon Alley, Middlesong And Cure For Gravity

Singer/songwriter/guitarist Billy Livesay was hand-picked by the late, sax-legend Clarence Clemons to be a part of his solo projects. Billy has taken that experience with him to his new band, The Livesays. Featuring Billy on guitar and vocals, other members include Jorge Laplume on bass, Eddie Zyne (Hall and Oates, Todd Rundgren) on drums and Victor "Cuqui" Berrios on Hammond organ. The quartet's new album titled "Hold On...Life Is Calling" will be released on October 3rd and features and mixture of Bruce Springteen and The Rolling Stones with a dash of The Beatles British invasion.

The new thirteen song release begins with the inspirational "I'm Coming Home" as the band's pure rock sound builds with emotional and energy. The strength of Billy's songwriting is heard in the guitar driven rock tones of "Pop Star" and wonderful words of "Call On Me." The Springsteen-inspired "I've Heard The Truth Before" has The Livesays pouring their best into this authentic and honest song. Billy and the boys bring out the blues for "This Side Of Town," before finishing the album with the classic pop/rock sound of "Why You Want To Keep On Lovin' Me" and the up-tempo guitar rock of "Turn It Around." To find out more about The Livesays and their latest release "Hold On...Life Is Calling," please visit thelivesaysmusic.com.
 
East coast rock band Neon Alley have recently released their self-titled debut album through DMV Music. It features the experienced guitar work of David Vaccaro, who has allowed his music to take him across the country and back. Rounding out the trio is Mike McDonald on bass and Scott Marion on drums. The new eight-song release begins with the guitar-riff, driving rhythm of "That's How It Is," which will get the blood pumping. The music finds a more mainstream vibe with "All I Want," before their roughed up cover of "Jailhouse Rock," highlighted by an electrifying guitar solo. The new album finishes with the up-tempo, classic rock appeal of "Got To Rock" and the full-band onslaught of "'Til I'm Done." To find out more about Neon Alley and their latest release, please visit their Facebook page at facebook.com/NeonAlley.
 
YES legend Billy Sherwood teams up with Joe Schneider and Phil Tomczak for the duos new progressive rock outfit Middlesong. Their new 3-song EP titled "Directions," begins with the acoustic-based, up-beat folk gem "See Through This" which carries a nostalgic feel. They head into more pop territory with the harmony-fueled "Rain To Sun," before closing their short 15 minute new release with six minutes of  progressive-rock delivered by "Directions In D Minor." To find out more about Middlesong and their latest release "Directions," please visit middlesong.com.
 
From Oakland, CA comes the debut album from the progressive rock trio Cure For Gravity. Their new self-titled release features only six tracks, but as one song leads into the next, it feels like one continuous song. Beginning with "Tonight," the song's spacey build-up, leaves little room for vocals as you are taken on a sonic journey that shifts along with the exciting instrumentation of "Sunspots." The album's lead single, "Black Metal" has a classic prog-rock feel as Cure For Gravity use their influences to balance between their mainstream and experimental sound. The short 30-minute album closes with the steady tempo of "Killing For The Queen" as you wish for more from this rising young band. To find out more about Cure For Gravity and their new debut album, please visit cureforgravity.net.

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