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Projected Twin – Earth To World

November 3, 2010 Leave a comment

Audio Tragedi Album Review

Projected Twin – Earth To World 2010

Shaun Holton isn’t your traditional artist.

Essentially a one man band, the 24-year-old from Adelaide (South Australia) formed PROJECTED TWIN in late-2006. After spending his earlier years in bands, it became apparent his frustration in having to please the other members in the band stemmed his growth creatively as an artist.

“I had got to a point where I felt like I wasn’t really given a proper opportunity to create music without having to worry about 3-4 other people’s opinions or artistic flare being trampled on,” said Shaun. So was the birth of Projected Twin that allows Holton to create ‘band’ orientated music as a solo artist.

“I’ve always known what I wanted to hear. And beat boxing the drum part you hear in your head to your drummer doesn’t often get the results you were aiming for. So I just hit sticks together and plucked strings until I started hearing the sounds I wanted to hear”.

Which sounds like a brilliant formula to use.

After spending the most part of 2007 and 2008 performing full time all over the world including Oman, Thailand, Iraq, Indonesia and USA including a six-month residency at Dubai’s Hard Rock Café, Shaun returned to Australia with a renewed focus to cement his own blend of rock in what is to be his debut album.

This was to be; Earth To World.

We begin what seems like an epic journey with a ten minute fiasco, spanning from lounge esque music to a brand of heavy metal that chunks throughout the rest of the song that is “Post Secret”. Our first taste of “Earth to World”. The song begins extremely faintly; almost tip toeing on the album, quietly lulling you into the album and basically bringing the album to its grand beginning. “I walk across the dotted line”.

“I’ll Fall For Anything” is a perfect example of how many influences shaun used to create this album. With an essence of “Panic! At The Disco” Rhythm, this song cannot help but being very catchy and with a very prominent solo staying faithful to the base of the song; this is probably my favourite song on the album. “We Know its True” was the first single from the album, which I disagree with because its not the most ambiguous song on the album, however its still not at fault and still stays true to the album. The slow down however re-invents this song and is brilliant;”Tripping over each other”.

“Shark water” shows of Shaun’s Acoustic skills. However he said “I will probably not play this song [Shark Water] during live shows as its to difficult to re-create” which disappoints me slightly, as this song is a brilliant calm before the storm that is the rest of the album. As with “Redemption Away” another song that feels like the calm before the storm, also showing “Twins” brilliant picking qualities.

“Oh. The Drama” is a refreshing wake up. With a furious drum beat, a bass line to die for and of course not forgetting the ominous glow of synth sounds throughout.

“Try” and “Deny” are both the atypical songs of the album, “Try” is just the introduction to “Deny”. However I can see why he has done this, honing and showing his skills in the introduction not to ruin it with the main part of the song, I applaud him on this as few to many bands have done this.

The title track “Earth To World” starts of with a slow ambience for the best part of two minutes. Another song that produces Shaun’s skills to the world however with another acoustic driven song, which also begins with a saxaphone accompaniment.  This song in its essence is brilliant, bringing out and proving the full potential of Shaun Holton.

The final song “Circle of Two” starts of with female vocals, clearly a duo. However this song is not done to its full potential, the female vocalist as brilliant as she is just doesn’t go with Shaun’s voice. However ignoring that, this song is a brilliant adjournment to the album.

On a complete whole. “Earth To World” suprises me, as this sounds like a fully fledged master piece. Which is not something you can expect from an unsigned or even underground band. An extremely impressive debut. Without any doubts.

9/10

Songs to Download:

“Post Secret”, “I’ll Fall For Anything”, “Shark Water”.

 

For Fans Of: Petroleum Falcon


Audio Tragedi 10 Tracks To Hear This Month (Oct)

October 23, 2010 Leave a comment

So if you read my update (october update) you would realise that I haven’t had any time to put anything into my blog last month. So next month, begins alot of hard work to get audio tragedi back up and running!

1. Closer – Anberlin

With myself reviewing anberlin’s new album, i cant help but bring my favourite track into this months 10 (20) tracks. With a mellow beginning that crescendo’s into the build up of the verse to the brilliant chorus.

2. Forget You – Cee Lo Green

Brilliantly produced soul song with a kick. With the voice of Gnarls Barkley venturing solo, this is one funky soul song, that everyone needs to hear at least once. trust me.

3.  Off That – Jay-Z ft. Drake

“Welcome, To The, Future.” This should be the future of rap, forget everything you thought you knew about Jay-Z, and remember this song.

4. Feel Good Drag – Anberlin

The return of anberlin is imminent. So lets venture back to what made them great. No nonesence Alternative rock, with an incredible bass line towards the ends of the verse and a catchy as anything chorus, this is a gem from the back catalogue of the underated ego of anberlin. “I feel in love with your sin, Your littlest sin.”

5. My Circuitboard City – The Wombats

Another Classic, this time from Liverpool’s own the wombats. A very catchy song with typical indie rawness.

6. Down – Anberlin

Another anberlin song from their new album, this shows light from their previous albumwith “The Unwinding Cable Car”. An excellent reminder that they can make soft sounded and incredibly talented acoustic songs.

7. Saving Abel – Mississippi Moonshine

In Saving Abel’s new album, There’s alot of country essence. With their acoustical country feel to alot of them. I picked “Mississippi Moonshine” for simple reason. It has attitude, pure and simply. “Miss up to no good”

8. Projected Twin – I’ll Fall For Anything

It’s difficult to pick a great song to single out on Projected Twin’s debut album. So there will probably be alot more To follow next month. But “Fall For Everything” stands out as probably the only track with a punk feeling to it. This is a truly amazing debut. Review to come soon!

Download The Whole Album Here! http://earthtoworldtoyou.com/

9. One Night Only – Say You Don’t Want It

Typical slice of indie gone pop here. which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. This song is brilliantly portrayed through the new york streets. With a hook to die for, this song definitely deserves to be on my 10 tracks this month.

10. Santana ft. Chad Kroeger – Into The Night

This song has crept back into my favourites the past two months. an absolute classic. that in itself is enough said.

The Gaslight Anthem – American Slang

September 17, 2010 Leave a comment

Audio Tragedi Review

The Gaslight Anthem – American Slang (2010)

Label: Side One Dummy

With the highs still set afoot from “The ’59 Sound”; American Blues Rock ‘N’ Roll band The Gaslight Anthem needed something to up the ante. In a recent interview singer and guitarist Brandon Fallow told how “59′ Sound” was basically the sound of their influences. Now, 2010; “American Slang” needs to prove that this band isn’t just a “influence Oriented” band and that they can stand on their own with their own unique sound. This is my review of The Gaslight Anthem’s American Slang.

Nothing will stop me from enjoying this album again and again. The title track speaks to me as a classic chunk of American soul. “I got your name tattooed in the side of my arm”. Stay lucky has the attitude about it which doesn’t come easily for Gaslight. To compare it to any other gaslight album would be senseless; as this album stands alone perfectly. No album I’ve heard yet is as diverse as “American Slang”; “Stay Lucky” has the punk edge to it. Whereas “The Diamond  Church Street Choir” as an unmistakeable soul feel; “Who sings it better than the blues”. You can’t help but click your fingers to it, believe me, I’ve tried. “Boxer” unbelievably has a slight hip-hop feel to it, in the beginning at least. And let’s not forget the epic rock anthem “We Did It When We Were Young”.

“The Queen Of Lower Chelsea” is a working anthem, perfect little bit of the album, a healthy middle.

Old Haunts has to be my favourite. The thing about The gaslight that I don’t understand. Is how they can make an incredible album “The 59′ Sound” and still have more, blues, more hook catching choruses and more epically brilliants songs.

To wrap this up swiftly, The Gaslight Anthem have once again astounded me. They’ve done something that not many bands can say of late…

They’ve made an album that’s better than its predecessor “The 59′ Sound”

8/10

Tracks To Download:

We Did It When We Were Young

Old Haunts

The Spirit Of Jazz

For Fans Of: This Charming Man, Against Me!, The Riot Before

Thanks For Reading!

How I Became A Cyber Stalker…On Foursquare…

August 28, 2010 Leave a comment

Louise has straight, auburn hair and, judging by the only photograph I have of her, she’s in her 30s.

She works in recruitment.

I also know which train station she uses regularly, what supermarket she shopped at last night and where she met her friends for a meal in her home town last week.

At this moment, she is somewhere inside the pub in front of me meeting with colleagues after work.

Louise is a complete stranger.

Until 10 minutes ago when I discovered she was located within a mile of me, I didn’t even know of her existence.

But equipped only with a smartphone and an increasingly popular social networking application called Foursquare, I have located her to within just a few square metres, accessed her Twitter account and conducted multiple cross-referenced Google searches using the personal details I have already managed to accrue about her from her online presence.

In the short time it has taken me to walk to this pub in central London, I probably know more about her than if I’d spent an hour talking to her face-to-face.

She doesn’t know it yet, but Louise is about to meet her new digital stalker.

– taken from last weeks “Guardian” written by Leo Hickman.

If you think facebook is riddled with the dangers of bullying and identity theft, take a look at Foursquare.

The fast-growing social network site, combines gameplay with information about where you are located at any one time.

As facebook celebrated its 500millionth user this week, Forsquare boasted 100million “check-ins”.

Foursquare is a web app in which members build a list of friends in the same way as facebook – but the difference is they can share their location as well.

In Foursquare, you get points and rewards for being the most “social.” You can become the “mayor” of an area by being the person who has checked in the most.

If you combine this information with the service Glympse, you can even see on a map, in real time, what time your friend will arrive based on their current location.

Real-time stalking without even being able to physically see the person.

You don’t even need to tail someone anymore in a car…

These kids have it so easy these days!

You can also post your locations on Twitter and Facebook. In some ways this type of information can be very useful.

Parents can see where their kids are, and mates can all meet up for some real-life face time with each other at a venue.

But it doesn’t take a genius to work out that, in the hands of bullies and stalkers; this information can be potentially dangerous to users.

A user could be tricked into being a friend and have their location exposed when they “check in” at a venue, club or even coffee shop.

Last month coding expert, Jesper Andersen, exploited a security glitch in San Francisco.

He was able to access over 875,000 check-ins over a 3 week period.

He had access to the locations and personal information of all those users. He verified the information with some friends who used Foursquare and immediately freaked them all out. Wonderful!

We all know that people put way to much information online. Foursquare’s default settings aren’t helping that either;

The default privacy options are that you have to opt out of things instead of approving them.

There is always a way to hack data even if you are careful about what you share.

But what about Louise?

Isn’t all of this her fault because she put all of this information online?

Well, she was just surprised as we were. She didn’t even want to use Foursquare but in her field she needs to use the latest technology and using Foursquare was encouraged by her company.

Here is what she had to say about the precautions she took.

“I thought I was being very careful with what I was posting. I never thought I was revealing personal information. I only use my maiden name when using social networking apps. And I never check in when at my kids’ school or at home. But, as you’ve shown, I can’t see who’s following me on Twitter. If I was going out for an evening with my girlfriends again, I don’t think I would now share it with the world via Foursquare.” (Louise’s setting on Foursquare automatically tweets her location whenever she checks into a location, which was how I could tell via her Twitter feed, without being her Foursquare “friend”, where she had been in recent days in such detail.).


So, if your considering joining Foursquare even after you read this post.

Think twice before you “check-in”  anywhere.

Only make friends with people you know.

Don’t you use identifiable pictures of yourself and never check in at personal places, instead use public areas.

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Revolva Head – The Truth

August 24, 2010 1 comment

Audio Tragedi Album Review

REVOLVA HEAD – THE TRUTH (2010)

Whether it’s the fact that I love underground bands, or the fact that “Revolva Head”  have something special here. With their no forgiveness punk tracks and their heavy grunge anthems, this is their debut 5 track promo “The Truth”;

“Live without fear” just brings the  whole album to it’s beginning, sounding very zico esque with the bends and relentless chugging throughout the verse. Maybe not quite as catchy of a chorus as their favourites, however lets not dismiss how catchy the tracks namesake is “I Can Do This, Live Without Fear”. The vocals seems slightly out, maybe this is me, maybe they’re on to something here, but it fits with the band perfectly.

“Don’t Ask How” brings us back to yesteryear where every punk band was trying to shine through, the ironic thing is if this was maybe released late nighties early naughties then “Revolva Head” could of had some major backing, unfortunately, this has been made now, which dampens it slightly.

“Bass is always an easy instrument to learn” everyone says. Of course it is, but it doesn’t work out to well if you can’t actually make a hook that people are going to keep going back to and listening to intently. Which is exactly what Jonny (Bassist / Vocals) has done here. “The Truth” has the most catchy and terrifying bass line that I have heard in a long time. Of course, this is their title track, and rightly so. Catchy chorus with an incredible guitar riff bridging the chorus to the verse. “Go away, Get Away, No one’s listening to you”. The drumming fits perfectly with this song to. Let’s not forget the solo which is incredibly hard to pull off in a grunge track, but was done with ease. This song is actually out of place with the rest of the album, and if they released this song successfully I can’t see why they wouldn’t be able to sell out arenas in the next few years.

Lyrically, “RH” are lacking, never say never, this is their first release. Which is, by the way, a 5 track promo and it can be understandable that they’re lyrically blunt. However you could totally disregard my last statement, as a lot of bands have shown the same lyrical downfall and yet these days are making everything for themselves (I’ve always found that 30STM have a lot lacking in their lyrics) so lets not get disheartened by this just yet. Criticism is constructive.

“The fake ones” can be branded as a typical fill for a CD, nothing really caught my attention on this song. But then my ears picked up when we got to the ambiance of the guitar in the slow down, which sounded almost perfect. So I stop the track, and rewind to the beginning, and actually listen to it. The bass is still on a high from The Truth with a downright dirty riff, with the chorus the drums just do it for me completely, with prolonged use of the toms and the bass pedal. So I contract that this is just filler, as the song is easily ignored, but if you listen to it, you will be blown away.

Perfect ending for this promo, a brilliant fusion of rock with a downright dirty grunge riff. “Fall, Break, Crawl” is a fast paced, no holds barred grunge anthem “Crawl, and I need to see you crawl”. The solo does it for me, making this song. And making the album.

This Promo, has all the makings of getting them signed, it’s just a matter of will it? I think so, there may be some slight flaws in “The Truth” but with every truth comes a lie. More bands these days need to be raw but powerful, and that’s exactly what Revolva Head has done.

7/10

Tracks To Download: The Truth, The Fake Ones

For Fans Of: Zico Chain, Reuben, Nirvana, Velvet Revolver

http://revolvahead.bandcamp.com/

http://www.myspace.com/revolvahead

Audio Tragedi 10 Tracks To Hear This Month (August)

August 23, 2010 Leave a comment

So… Since I take a month to complete one of these 10 tracks I’ve decided to change it songs you need to hear this month! hope you like this installment!

1. The Hoosiers – Choices

With the seemingly undeniable new wave of indie pop nu wave etc. You can’t ignore this gem, with a very quiet and low introduction. Bring the chorus in and this is one huge track with no end to the brilliant keyboard work that’s set. Brilliant.

2. The Gaslight Anthem – The Spirit Of Jazz

With Gaslight returning this year with their third album, you would be tricked into thinking that they were the souls of blues. They’re not, but they’re damn close. This song is a perfect example, with a feet stomping chorus to Brain’s expertly roughed vocals.

3. Dead By April – Trapped

Brilliantly Produced, Dead by April have shown to people that they can bring pop melodies into the new wave of alternative metal, with heavy as hell guitar riffs to follow.

4. Jack’s Mannequin – Swim

This is a great song, for rock lovers and power ballad lovers alike. From their 2008 release “The Glass Passenger”, Jack’s Mannequin have something special with this song, definitely something to have on your ipod.

5. Vampire Weekend – Holiday

This song is brilliant to listen to, just the little quips of the guitar can only make you smile with good things to come.

6. We Have Band – Honeytrap

This song don’t break don’t make me. A talented trio who although predominately labelled in the brimful electro-pop genre – Honeytrap clambers into Hot Chip’s colourful Nike High Tops kicking in a repetitive and extremely memorable chorus, biting at the bit with indie disco potential.

7. Flyleaf – Beautiful Bride

This song does not relent from start to finish, with lacey’s lullaby voice settling your ears only slightly, then back to the relentlessness of the song.

8. Zico Chain – Bile ‘N’ Blood

Since this month we have a special on zico chain (FOUND HERE). We thought one song should at least be on our 10 tracks to hear. With no give, this song is an incredible chunk of zico chains power. A short but powerful blast of an incredible start to 2010.

9. YouMeAtSix – Underdog

Having given them a pretty poor review in may (FOUND HERE). I have to applaud this song for being a fiery pop punk anthem.

10. Adept – Shark! Shark! Shark!

With an incredible start to an even more spectacular finish, Adept have hit a string or two with this song. Actually, make that six of them and you have a pretty awesome thrash screamo song.

Audio Tragedi – Introducing; Zico Chain

August 20, 2010 Leave a comment

ZICO CHAIN

So many fresh faces start to appear on the British rock music scene. None have appeared so aggressive and iron-willed as much as Zico Chain… (excluding Biffy of course… no contest.)

Zico Chain are a rock band from London,  formed in 2002.

To date, they have released one full album entitled FooD and one self titled EP. The band opened the main stage at The Download Festival on 8 June 2007 and they supported Velvet Revolver on their 2007 summer tour.

The band’s second full length album is expected some time in 2010.

Demos of songs for the second album have started to appear on the bands myspace.

So here’s “Audio Tragedi – Introducing: Zico Chain