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New to the Airwaves – Albums Out Today (Jan 25)

New to the Airwaves – Albums Out Today (Jan 25)

OH HEY, concert season preparation crews. Let’s get busy! Tons of bands are in full swing announcing their Spring and Summer Tours and we are literally living for it.

This week’s arrivals are sure to find homes on many a playlist, especially with Bring Me The Horizon, Santana, Backstreet Boys, and 4 and more, dropping full-lengths.

To wrap up this week we’ve got some much anticipated arrivals that has us tapping our toes, crossing our arms, and screeching, “Finally!” We’re sure you can see which ones we think you should grab and which ones we think may deserve a pass… Dive in at your own risk, and let’s hear your picks!

**All dates are for U.S. releases unless otherwise noted. Dates are subject to change.

ALBUM RELEASE CALENDAR January 25, 2019

500 Miles to Memphis – Blessed Be The Damned (Independent)

Altarage – The Approaching Roar (Season Of Mist)

AM Taxi – Shiver By Me (AM Taxi)

Backstreet Boys – DNA (RCA)

Balthazar – Fever (Play It Again Sam)

Beth Blade & The Beautiful Disasters – Show Me Your Teeth (Independent)

Bethel Music – Victory (Bethel)

Black To Comm (Marc Richter) – Seven Horses For Seven Kings (Thrill Jockey)

Blood Red Shoes – Get Tragic (Jazz Life)

Boogie – Everything’s For Sale (Shady)

Bring Me the Horizon – amo (Columbia)

Buzzcocks – Love Bites (Reissue) (Domino Recording Co.)

Carnal Forge – Gun To Mouth Salvation (Vicisolum)

Casey J – The Gathering (Live) (Casey J, LLC and Tyscot Records)

Catch the Fire Music – Presence (Fuel Music)

Charlene Soraia – Where’s My Tribe (Peacefrog)

Chase Atlantic – Don’t Try This (BMG)

Choker –  Mono No Moto (Jet Fuzz)

Cobalt Chapel – Variants (Klove)

Cold Weather Company – Find Light (Cold Weather Company) GONNA START AT BOTTOM AGAIN

Corroded – Bitter (Despotz)

Curtis Lowe – Sad Bangers Vol. 1 EP (Curtis Lowe)

The Dandy Warhols – Why You So Crazy (Dine Alone Music)

Dan Francia – Come Back to Life (Exploding In Sound Records)

Dave Keuning – Prismis (Pretty Faithful)

DBUK – Songs Nine Through Sixteen (SCACUNINCORPORATED)

deadmau5 – Polar (Music From the Netflix Film) (mau5trap Recordings Limited)

Dreezy – Big Dreez (Interscope Records)

Descravity – Anathema (Willowtip)

DJ Kay Slay – Hip Hop Frontline (StreetSweepers Ent. / EMPIRE)

The Drowned God – I’ll Always Be the Same (Solid State)

East Forest and Ram Dass – East Forest x Ram Dass: Chapter 1 (Aquilo Records)

Eerie Wanda – Pet Town (Joyful Noise Recordings)

Ella Vos – Watch and Wait EP (hwyl records)

Erlen Meyer – Sang et Or (Argonauta Records)

Evergrey – The Atlantic (AFM)

Fedez – Paranoia Airlines (Epic)

FIDLAR – Almost Free (Mom+Pop)

Gin Annie – 100% Proof (Off Yer Rocka Recordings)

Green River – Dry As a Bone EP (Deluxe Reissue) (Sub Pop Records)

Green River – Rehab Doll (Deluxe Reissue) (Sub Pop Records)

Heart – Live in Atlantic City (DVD)

Hecate Enthroned – Embrace of the Godless Aeon (M-Theory Audio)

Hunt Sales – Get Your Shit Together (Big Legal Mess Records)

Incite – Built to Destroy (Minus Head)

Inglorious – Ride to Nowhere (Frontiers)

Insanity Alert – 666-Pack (Season Of Mist)

Ivy Levan – FUCC IT EP (BMG Rights Management)

Jäh Division – Dub Will Tear Us Apart… Again (Reissue)

Jamie Saft – Steve Swallow, and Bobby Previte (RareNoiseRecords)

Jetboy – Born to Fly (Frontiers)

John Waller – Explosions of Light (Radiate)

Joshua Ray Walker – Wish You Were Here (State Fair Records)

JOSIN – In the Blank Space (BMG Rights Management)

Juan Wauters – La Onda de Juan Pablo  (The World of Juan Pablo)

Judiciary – Surface Noise (CLOSED CASKET ACTIVITIES)

Julia Michaels – Inner Monologue Part 1 (Republic Records)

Júníus Meyvant – Across the Borders (Glassnote Music LLC)

Kane Roberts – The New Normal (Frontiers)

King 810 – Suicide King (Self)

Light Vibes – Past/Present (Fading Trails)

Lil aaron – Dark Matter EP (Hazheart)

Lindi Ortega – Liberty: Piano Songbook (Shadowbox)

Lula Wiles – What Will We Do (Smithsonian Folkway)

Mäbu – Décimo (Directo en Estudio Uno) (Reedición)

Mary Lattimore – Hundreds of Days Remixes (Ghostly International)

Michael Franti & Spearhead – Stay Human, Vol. II (Boo Boo Wax)

Michael McArthur – Ever Green, Ever Rain (Dark River)

Mike Krol – Power Chords (Merge)

Mono – Nowhere Now Here (Temporary Residence)

My Diligence – Sun Rose (Suburban Music Group)

The Neal Morse Band – The Great Adventure (Metal Blade)

Nebula – Demos & Outtakes 98-02 (Heavy Psych Sounds)

Neil Hamburger – Still Dwelling (Drag City)

Nils Frahm – Encores 2 (Erased Tapes)

Norma – Female Jungle (Shortcuts)

Puppy – The Goat (Spinefarm)

Rival Sons – Feral Roots (Atlantic)

Rosie Carney – Bare (Akira)

Royal Canoe – Waver (Paper Bag)

Rudimental – Toast to Our Differences (Atlantic)

The Sabbathian – Latum Alterum (Svart)

Santana – In Search of Mona Lisa (Concord)

Sarah Louise – Nighttime Birds and Morning Stars (Thrill Jockey)

Say Anything – Oliver Appropriate (Dine Alone Music)

A Secret Revealed – Sacrifices (Lifeforce)

Slenderbodies – Soraya EP (Avant Garden/Island Records)

Slow – Mythologiae (Aural Music)

Snake Bite Whiskey – This Side Of Hell (Pavement)

Sneaks – Highway Hypnosis (Merge)

Sound of Sirens – This Time (DMF)

Spendtime Palace – All Inclusive Romantic Getaway (Spendtime)

Starbreaker – Dysphoria (Frontiers)

Steve Hackett – At the Edge of Light (InsideOut)

Sundays – Wiaca (Celebrations)

Sunflower Bean –  King Of The Dudes (Mom + Pop Music)

Surachai – Come, Deathless (BL_K NOISE)

Swallow the Sun – When a Shadow Is Forced Into Light (Century Media)

Swervedriver – Future Ruins (Dangerbird)

Swindle – No More Normal (Brownswood Recordings)

Terror Jr – Unfortunately, Terror Jr (EFFESS/Atlantic)

Toby Hitchcock – Reckoning (Frontiers)

Tomas Nordmark – Eternal Words (Valley of Search)

TOY – Happy In The Hollow (Tough Love)

Trapper Schoepp – Primetime Illusion (Xtra Mile)

Twain – 2 E.P.s (Keeled Scales)

Vangelis – Nocturne (Decca)

Vineyard – Twelve:One – Dave Miller Live From Trent Vineyard  (Vineyard UK)

Walter Trout – Survivor Blues [Robby Krieger] (Provogue)

Weezer – The Teal Album (Crush Music/Atlantic)

White Fence – I Have to Feed Larry’s Hawk (Drag City)

William Tyler – Goes West (Merge)

Wrabel – one nite only (Big Gay)

Writhing Squares – Out Of The Ether (Trouble In Mind)

Zola Jesus – Wiseblood (Johnny Jewel Remixes) (Vinyl Release)

 

Surprise Album!

WEEZER (THE TEAL ALBUM) IS HERE!

THE COVERS ALBUM OUT NOW

STREAM HERE

CO-HEADLINE TOUR WITH PIXIES KICKS OFF ON MAR 8 WITH SUPPORT FROM BASEMENT

SPECIAL APPEARANCE BY TV ON THE RADIO AT MSG

Throughout a sold out amphitheater tour in summer 2018, Weezer began working covers into their set, ranging from “Take On Me” by a-ha to “Happy Together” by The Turtles, in addition to their massive cover of “Africa” by Toto, which became a viral and radio sensation upon its release earlier that year.  Given the tremendous response to these songs at the shows, the band was inspired to put together a covers album — and thus WEEZER (THE TEAL ALBUM) WAS BORN!  

It’s also out today via Crush Music/Atlantic Records.  Click HERE to listen to it.  A track listing for the album is below as well.  

Weezer (The Teal Album) precedes the band’s forthcoming new album of originalWeezer songs, Weezer (The Black Album), which will be released on March 1, 2019.  Weezer (The Black Album) was produced by TV On The Radio’s Dave Sitek, with whom the band worked for the first time.  The album’s songs were entirely written on piano by frontman Rivers Cuomo for the first time in Weezerhistory, creating some of the most satisfyingly awesome songs in the entire hits-filledWeezer catalogue.  With band members switching up instruments in the studio, and choruses filtered through Sitek’s own encyclopedic musical references of everything from Gorillaz to Can to Pink Floyd, Weezer (The Black Album) is the bold next step in the winning streak of acclaimed albums they’ve released since 2014.  The album’s current song, “Can’t Knock The Hustle,” recently became the band’ssixteenth Top Ten single at Alternative Radio.   

As previously announced, Weezer will be returning to the road with Pixies this spring for a run of highly anticipated North American arena dates, including a recently announced headlining stop at New York City’s prestigious Madison Square Garden with special guests TV On The Radio. They will then hit Coachella’s Main Stage before heading to Europe for a number of dates and festivals. Tour dates are below.  

Weezer (The Teal Album) track listing:

1.  Africa (Toto)

2. Everybody Wants to Rule the World (Tears for Fears)

3. Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This) (The Eurythmics)

4. Take On Me (a-ha)

5. Happy Together (The Turtles)

6. Paranoid (Black Sabbath)

7. Mr. Blue Sky (Electric Light Orchestra)

8. No Scrubs (TLC)

9. Billie Jean (Michael Jackson)

10. Stand By Me (Ben E. King)

2019 U.S. TOUR DATES:

3/8/19 Louisville, KY @ KFC Yum! Center

3/10/19 Columbia, SC @ Colonial Life Arena

3/12/19 New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden

3/13/19 Montreal, QC @ Bell Centre

3/14/19 Albany, NY @ Times Union Center

3/16/19 Mashantucket, CT @ Foxwoods Resort Casino

3/17/19 Baltimore, MD @ Royal Farms Arena

3/19/19 Columbus, OH @ Schottenstein Center

3/20/19 Grand Rapids, MI @ Van Andel Arena

3/22/19 Memphis, TN @ FedEx Forum

3/24/19 St. Louis, MO @ Enterprise Center

3/26/19 Kansas City, MO @ Sprint Center

3/27/19 Tulsa, OK @ BOK Center

3/28/19 Des Moines, IA @ Wells Fargo Arena

3/30/19 St. Paul, MN @ Xcel Energy Center

3/31/19 Madison, WI @ Alliant Energy Center

4/5/19 Nampa, ID @ Ford Idaho Center Arena

4/6/19 Portland, OR @ Moda Center

4/7/19 Vancouver, BC @ Rogers Arena

4/9/19 Sacramento, CA @ Golden 1 Center

4/10/19 Oakland, CA @ Oracle Arena

4/12/19 Las Vegas, NV @ Mandalay Bay Event Center

4/13/19 Indio, CA @ Coachella

4/20/19 Indio, CA @ Coachella

INTERNATIONAL TOUR DATES (SUPPORT TBD):

29 June London, UK @ O2 Academy Brixton

2 July Hamburg, DE @ Stadtpark

4 July Utrecht, HL @ Tivoli Vredenburg

7 July Bologna, Italy @ Sonic Park

8 July Zurich, CH @ Xtra

New single:

Beck “Tarantula”

(Press Release) New Track From Forthcoming MUSIC INSPIRED BY THE FILM ROMA Available Now.

Beck’s first musical offering of 2019 has arrived in the form of “Tarantula,” the latest release from Music Inspired By The Film ROMA, due out February 8th from Sony Music Masterworks and available to pre-order now. This collection of music inspired by Alfonso Cuarón’s 10-time Academy Award-nominated film features songs from Beck, Billie Eilish, El-P, Jessie Rye, Laura Marling, Patti Smith, UNKLE and more, recorded exclusively for this project.

Beck’s radical reimagining of “Tarantula,” a 1982 B-Side by 4AD artists Colourbox, replaces the minimalist groove of the original with an epic arrangement by Beck in collaboration with his father, David Campbell. A riveting Beck vocal performance is, as ever, the centerpiece, with the backing of a 24-piece ensemble.

Full credits for “Tarantula” are:

Beck Hansen:  vocals, piano, bass, synthesizer

Jason Falkner: bass

Ilan Rubin: drums

Leslie Feist:  vocals

Alex Lilly:  vocals

Strings Arranged by David Richard Campbell and Beck Hansen

Produced by Beck and mixed by Tom Elmhirst

David Richard Campbell: Conductor/Charlie Bisharat: Violin (Concert Master)/Tammy Hatwan, Songa Lee, Natalie Leggett, Alyssa Park, Sara Parkins, Michele Richards, Josefina Vergara: Violin/Andrew Duckles: Principal Viola/Tom Lea, Luke Maurer: Viola/Jacob Braun: Principal Cello/Suzie Katayama, Dane Little: Cello/Michael Valerio: Bass/Dylan Hart, Teag Reaves: French Horns/Jon Lewis: Trumpet/Philip Keene: Trombone/Douglas Tournquist: Tuba

New Single:

RYAN ADAMS’ NEW SINGLE,

“FUCK THE RAIN,”

IS OUT TODAY

Adams Announces U.K./Ireland Tour

Album Pre-Order Launches For Big Colors, Set For April 19 Release

Guest Artists Include John Mayer, Bob Mould And Benmont Tench

Today, Ryan Adams shared “Fuck The Rain” the lead single from Big Colors, which is the first of three albums he will release in 2019. Download / stream the track, which features a guitar solo by John Mayer, HERE.

Ryan Adams said, “Check out this song it’s cool. Or don’t- we all might die trump is president. I love you, sincerely Ryan Adams.”

Adams will embark on a tour of the U.K. and Ireland on March 31 at Dublin’s historic Olympia Theatre. He has partnered with CID Entertainment to offer Fan Experiences that grant access to Ryan’s Pinball Lair pre-show experience and premium seating during the show. The pre-show experience will feature a variety of pinball games, a private bar, and a specially curated Ryan Adams gallery. Ryan Adams Fan Experiences are available with the ticket pre-sale, which launched earlier today. For additional information, visit https://www.cidentertainment.com/events/ryan-adams-tour/. Tickets go on sale to the general public this Friday, January 25, at 9:00 AM. See below for itinerary.

Now available for pre-order HERE, Big Colors will be released on April 19 via a partnership between Adams’ PAX-AM label and Blue Note Records. Fans who pre-order Big Colors in digital form will instantly receive “Fuck The Rain.” The album is also available for pre-order in limited edition vinyl and CD formats at Adams’ store and can be bundled with the exclusive 7” single, “Anybody Evil.”

Adams, who has been hailed as “one of the most elegant singer-songwriters of his generation” by The New York Times, co-produced the album with Beatriz Artola. John Mayer, Bob Mould, Benmont Tench, Don Was and The Section Quartet are featured onBig Colors, which was recorded at Electric Lady, Capitol Studios and Adams’ own PAX-AM.

Big Colors has won praise from those who received early copies of the album. Robert Costa, The Washington Post’s National Political Reporter, observed, “It reminds me of early 90s Petty, veering from soaring rockers to wistful songs that you could imagine Adams busking on a street in L.A.” Kristin Davis (Sex and the City) said, “Big Colors is a kaleidoscope of feelings and moods. My favorite song on continuous loop is (expletive) the Rain, love it so much.” Writer-director-actor Judd Apatow observed, “I am excited to binge Ryan Adams…Big Colors is the first album and it is indeed big and colorful, at times super fun and rocking, at other times more emotional and thoughtful but all with a sound that feels both modern and stripped from the jangles of my youth in the 80’s.”

Jillian Jacqueline, who has opened for Adams, pronounced it “full of beautiful and painful truths.” Ted Allen (“Chopped”) said it’s “GREAT, beginning to end. Plaintive & pretty one minute, ferocious and shredding the next–and always hooky/jangly. Dreamy poetry, too.” Evan Rachel Wood (“Westworld,” The Ides of March) noted, “Once again @The RyanAdams deals up comforting melancholy, like a rainy day, and curve balls left and right that got my blood pumping.”

Big Colors follows Adams’ 2017 album, Prisoner, which debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Rock Albums, Alternative Albums and Americana/Folk Albums charts.

Track Listing – Big Colors

  1. Big Colors
  2. Do Not Disturb
  3. It’s So Quiet, It’s Loud
  4. Fuck The Rain
  5. Doylestown Girl
  6. Dreaming You Backwards
  7. I Surrender
  8. What Am I
  9. Power
  10. Showtime
  11. In It For The Pleasure
  12. Middle Of The Line
  13. I’m Sorry And I Love You
  14. Manchester
  15. Summer Rain

Ryan Adams – 2019 U.K./Ireland Headline Tour

March

31       Dublin, Ireland           Olympia Theatre

April

2         London, UK               Royal Albert Hall

5         Newcastle, UK           O2 Academy

6         Birmingham, UK       O2 Academy

7         Manchester, UK         O2 Apollo

9         Glasgow, UK             Royal Concert Hall

10       Sheffield, UK             O2 Academy

11       Cambridge, UK         Corn Exchange

New Video

LIL WAYNE RELEASES VIDEO FOR “DON’T CRY” FT XXXTENTACION

THA CARTER V CERTIFIED RIAA PLATINUM

“Uproar” certified RIAA Platinum

 

Tour Announcement :

Photo Credit: Danny Clinch

DAVE MATTHEWS BAND ANNOUNCES 2019

NORTH AMERICAN SUMMER TOUR

Online Ticket Presale For Warehouse Fan Association Begins January 24

Tickets Go On Sale To The Public On February 22

Every Ticket Purchase Can Be Redeemed for an Unreleased Live Recording from DMB’s 2018 tour

Dave Matthews Band has just announced the dates for its 2019 North American summer tour. The headline runwill kick off on April 30th in Pensacola, FL and includes two-night stands in Camden, NJ; Noblesville, IN; Elkhorn, WI; Saratoga Springs, NY; West Palm Beach, FL; and Denver, CO. The band will return to the Gorge Amphitheatre for its traditional three-night Labor Day run August 30-September 1, pushing its total number of performances at the scenic venue above 60. Dave Matthews Band will also perform at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival on May 4 as part of the festival’s 50th anniversary celebration. The band will conclude its North American tour on September 22 at the 2nd annual Sea.Hear.Now Festival in Asbury Park, NJ.

An online ticket presale for members of the DMB Warehouse Fan Association will begin Thursday, January 24, 10am ET at www.warehouse.davematthewsband.com. Citi is the official pre-sale credit card of Dave Matthews Band’s 2019 tour. As such, Citi card members will have access to purchase pre-sale tickets beginning February 19 at 10am ET until February 21 at 10pm ET through Citi’s Private Pass program. For complete pre-sale details visit www.citiprivatepass.com.

Tickets will go on sale to the general public on Friday, February 22 at 10am local time. For the complete itinerary, see below or visit http://www.davematthewsband.com.

Every ticket purchase can be redeemed for an unreleased live recording from DMB’s 2018 tour. Visit http://redeem.davematthewsband.com for more information.

Dave Matthews Band will embark on a month-long European tour on March 6 in Munich, Germany. The headline trek will include two nights in London and the band’s first-ever shows in Oslo, Warsaw and Bologna. The band’s fall 2018 North American arena tour wrapped up in December with two hometown shows at John Paul Jones Arena in Charlottesville, VA. A portion of the proceeds from the Charlottesville shows will be included in the $5 million that Dave Matthews Band, Dave Matthews and Red Light Management have committed towards the redevelopment of the city’s deteriorating public housing. To learn more about the housing project, read this recent Billboard article and view this recent feature on CBS This Morning.

The GRAMMY® Award-winning band has sold more than 24 million tickets since its inception and a collective 38 million CDs and DVDs combined. With the release of 2018’s Come Tomorrow, Dave Matthews Band became the first group in history to have seven consecutive studio albums debut at No. 1 on the Billboard 200. The New York Times, in a Critic’s Pick review, observed, “willed optimism fills the songs on ‘Come Tomorrow,’ while cynicism and irony are nowhere within earshot.”

DAVE MATTHEWS BAND – 2019 TOUR DATES

NORTH AMERICA

Date                 City/State/Province                Venue

4/30                 Pensacola, FL                  Pensacola Bay Center

5/01                 Jacksonville, FL                 Veterans Memorial Arena

5/04                 New Orleans, LA              New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival

5/07                 Pelham, AL                  Oak Mountain Amphitheatre

5/11                 Nashville, TN                  Bridgestone Arena

5/14                 Des Moines, IA               Wells Fargo Center

5/15                 Maryland Heights, MO          Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre

5/17                 The Woodlands, TX            Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion

5/18                 Dallas, TX                    Dos Equis Pavilion

6/14                 Camden, NJ                 BB&T Pavilion

6/15                 Camden, NJ                 BB&T Pavilion

6/19                 Bethel, NY                   Bethel Woods Center for the Arts

6/21                 Mansfield, MA               Xfinity Center

6/22                 Hartford, CT                  Xfinity Theatre

6/28                 Noblesville, IN                  Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center

6/29                 Noblesville, IN                  Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center

7/02                 Cincinnati, OH                 Riverbend Music Center

7/03                 Tinley Park, IL                  Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre

7/05                 Elkhorn, WI                  Alpine Valley Music Theatre

7/06                 Elkhorn, WI                  Alpine Valley Music Theatre

7/09                 Clarkston, MI                  DTE Energy Center

7/10                 Toronto, ON                 Budweiser Stage

7/12                 Saratoga Springs, NY            Saratoga Performing Arts Center

7/13                 Saratoga Springs, NY            Saratoga Performing Arts Center

7/17                 Wantagh, NY                Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater

7/19                 Charlotte, NC                  PNC Music Pavilion

7/20                 Bristow, VA                 Jiffy Lube Live

7/23                 Alpharetta, GA                 Ameris Bank Amphitheatre

7/24                 Tampa, FL                   MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre

7/26                 West Palm Beach, FL            Coral Sky Amphitheatre

7/27                 West Palm Beach, FL            Coral Sky Amphitheatre

8/23                 Greenwood Village, CO         Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre

8/24                 Greenwood Village, CO         Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre

8/27                 West Valley City, UT             USANA Amphitheatre

8/30                 Quincy, WA                 Gorge Amphitheatre

8/31                 Quincy, WA                 Gorge Amphitheatre

9/01                 Quincy, WA                 Gorge Amphitheatre

9/04                 Ridgefield, WA                Sunlight Supply Amphitheater

9/06                 Stateline, NV                   Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena at Harveys

9/07                 Sacramento, CA               Golden 1 Center

9/13                 Phoenix, AZ                  Ak-Chin Pavilion

9/22                 Asbury Park, NJ               Sea.Hear.Now Festival

 

Reverb Nation Spotlight:

Black Water Rising Deal In Heavy Riffs and Lyrics

Brooklyn, NY’s Black Water Rising readily admit that they are not out to reinvent the wheel as far as heavy riff rock is concerned, but instead “want to give it a much needed alignment in these musically stale times.” On Electrified, the band does just that. Not only do they break the type of riff rock that catapulted bands like Soundgarden to success back down to its basics, they manage to inject some much needed relevance into its general lyrical content. While some of the biggest airplay rock bands spent the last year doing covers of the best rock songs of the past couple decades, Black Water Rising crafted one of the best rock albums of original content released over the last few years both musically and lyrically.

Being raised on U2 and Pearl Jam, I have to admit by way of disclaimer that I’m drawn to big rock lyric statements. While BWR doesn’t quite scale the lyrical heights of those two bands, vocalist/guitarist Rob Traynor’s lyrics are strong enough to make BWR more than just amorphous background music. Sadly, heavy riff rock like the type BWR deal in often is regulated to such in this day and age of pop music domination. Also sadly, there are plenty of bands with a very similar sound to that of BWR’s. They are often a dime a dozen. Most of those bands don’t have songs like “World of Frustration” to separate them from the pack both lyrically and musically though. “World of Frustration” is the album’s only acoustic guitar driven track, so it stands out amongst its peers for that reason, but not for that reason alone. “One step forward/and two steps back/always keep you searching/for the things you lack” sings Traynor while advocating to “hold out hope/like an ignorant dope” which is what we all end up doing at one point or another in our lives. The idea here is that getting to the next level is often a world loaded with frustration, but one has to keep moving forward. While this is not a particularly profound exposition, it is one that is powerfully timely.
(See rest of the coverage…..) – Andy Frisk

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