Paper Morning – NEWS
As an album, NEWS is easily Paper Morning’s most cohesive. They took a while arranging and mixing it, but the time in the pipeline clearly paid off; Paper Morning is now focused and decisive, with an established style all their own. Before, they were promising; with NEWS, they absolutely deliver on that promise and inspire emotion. … NEWS upgrades their status from ‘capable’ to ‘exceptional,’ and they should be on every local year-end list for album of the year come December.
Deep Sigh – Withdrawn EP
One of my secret goals with Postman Press is to further the Cleveland emo scene. With that in mind, Deep Sigh has been one of the bands I’ve had high hopes for since first I heard them. Withdrawn shows strong growth and a developing style.
Flipcoin – Go To Space
Go To Space is a blast. I keep listening to it over and over, having a bunch of fun. It refuses to stick to one genre or style. That’s just fine; they pull off just about everything they attempt, and most people will probably find at least one song they can get down to.
C-Level – Burn Your Own Gasoline
Dave “Ziggy” Deitke has proven over and over again that he’s one of the best guitarists in town. On Burn Your Own Gasoline, he does so in the highest quality yet, and with the best ear for composition.
…A wildly consistent effort from a band that has been really promising for a couple of years, and have outdone themselves handily with this effort.
Vesper is a delightfully consistent album from a band that has been promising for ages, and finally delivers, with flair and gusto.
As a collection, ‘Ballads And Bangers’ rolls along in classic Album Rock fashion. It swells at the right moments, accenting the relevant thoughts of the authors.
It is unfortunately impossible to put to tape the delight of watching the boys swap instruments back and forth, of Danna O’Connor’s provocative dance moves, of the mic drop. But without the show, these songs get to stand by themselves, and in this setting, we get to enjoy Post Saga in a completely different way, for content rather than image. Lesser bands might falter when faced with this challenge, but Post Saga embraces a great set of songs and propels them with emotional delivery.
Zack Lint AKA Zaq Pariah and his new band, Slept To Death, have great chemistry, and they are producing material together much faster, and of a higher quality, than Lint was able to do when he was recording alone. Rumour has it RAT drafts is just the first of several releases they are planning this summer, and if those recordings share the quality especially prevalent on the two final tracks of this EP, then we’ve got some really good stuff to look forward to from this group.