Thursday, March 2, 2017

CD Review: New Music From Indie-Artsits Scotch Hollow, My Heart Is A Metronome & Mad Ones

Kansas City blues/roots band Scotch Hollow have returned with their third album titled "Little Tortuga." It was written while the band was holed up on a rural family farm, away from civilization and they let nature be their canvas. Their new eleven-song release begins with the blues romp of "Hocus Pocus" as Carley Martin's vocals steal the show right from the beginning. They get the joint jumpin' with the classic fifties-style swing of "Kansas City Pepper" and the punk-like speed of "Too Bad Poor Boy." Martin's vocals get seductive on the blues/jazz of "Nobody But You," while Mark Verbeck's guitar work highlights "Little Tortuga." The album finishes with the slow stomp of "Bamma Lamma Jamma" and the wildly exciting gallop rhythm of "City By The Sea." To find out more about Scotch Hollow and their latest release "Little Tortuga," please visit scotchhollowmusic.com.

From Sweden comes the three-piece band My Heart Is A Metronome (MHIAM) with their newly released EP titled "Tierp." The new 4-song album was released on February 10th and begins with the addictive, guitar driven rocker "Tierp." The new release continues with the upbeat, pop tones of "Pick It Up" and the Kings Of Leon replica "Queen." Their new short album finishes with the attractive, alternative rock appeal of "Bubble." To find out more about My Heart Is A Metronome and their latest release "Tierp," please visit myheartisametronome.com.

From Toronto, Canada comes the new album titled "Regretless" from rockers Mad Ones. It is the band's third full-length release and comes out nearly one year since their last album "Sanciety." The new 11-song release begins with the clap-stomp rhythm of "End Of You" as the song builds with intensity. They keep the energy flowing with the guitar rocker "Love Me Again" and the lo-fi shuffle of "Regretless." Then, they bring out the energy with the grunge-like delivery of "Leave It" and the classic rock appeal of "Different Kind Again." The album finishes with the aggressive punk feel of "Amaze" and the slower, acoustic pop of "Love Me Again (Again)." To find out more about Mad Ones ad their latest release "Regretless," please visit madones.ca.

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