Wednesday, July 26, 2017

CD Review: New Music From Indie-Rockers Modern Chemistry, Best Ex And Voice Of Addiction

From New Jersey comes the full-length, debut album "Everything In Gold" from the rock band Modern Chemistry. It was released back on July 7th and features a modern, alternative rock sound that feels very mature for their debut album. Modern Chemistry has been honing their sound by preforming at major music festivals like SXSW and Chicago's Riot Fest. Their new 11-song release begins with the dreamlike state of the title song "Everything In Gold," before ripping into the chorus just before the close of the song. They continue with the build-up of the arena rocker "The Moment" and the steady pace of "Pretty Death," before arriving at one of the album's highlights "Tripping Over You." The lyrics and melody blend together beautifully on this alt-pop ballad. They return with the hard-edged rock of "I Can't Take Myself Anywhere," then tread lightly with the soft tones of "Fever Dream." The album finishes with the retro feel of "It's Been A While (Demons)" and the hard rock intensity of "Tradewinds." To find out more about Modern Chemistry and their latest release "Everything In Gold," please visit their Facebook page at facebook.com/modernchemistry.

Fellow New Jersey band Best Ex (formally Loveland) recently released their new 6-song EP titled "Ice Cream Anti Social." After spending the summer of 2015 on the Vans Warped Tour, Mariel Loveland began to plot her next move and develop a more mature version of her former band Loveland. Best Ex was born with the same pop tones as its former band as their new release begins with the addictive beats and chorus of "Girlfriend." Mariel's vocals sound sweet on the nostalgic, electronic tones of "Lonely Life" and in the pop ballad "February 4th." The album closes with the up-tempo post-punk tones of "See You Again" and the ukulele based, folk style of "Jellyfish." To find out more about Best Ex and their latest release "Ice Cream Anti Social," please visit their Facebook page at facebook.com/bestexnj.

Chicago punk band Voice Of Addiction recently released their brand new album "The Lost Art Of Empathy" on July 14th. It features a dozen high-energy tracks, beginning with the upbeat rhythm of "Rustbelt." Their sound gets more aggressive with "Dead By Dawn" and "Petty Schemes," then add a bit ska to the fun, energetic tones of "Corporate Pariah." They leave a path of destruction with the swift, punk rock of "I Can't Breathe" and "Everything Must Go," before finishing their new album with the high energy, classic thrash metal/punk sound of "Alcorn Queen" and the acoustic tale of "Are We Even Human Anymore?" To find out more about Voice Of Addiction and their latest release "The Lost Art Of Empathy," please visit their Facebook page at facebook.com/voarockers.

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