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Fosterchild — Independence Day
Artist:
Fosterchild
Album:
Independence Day
Genre:
Hard Rock
Rating:
4 Stars
Bottom
Line:
Classic rock in the making, if you consider the ‘80s as classic as we do.

Philadelphia’s Fosterchild rock in a way that we’ve missed for the past decade or so, but thanks to strong writing, great hooks, and modern production values, they sound decidedly fresh.

There are many influences at work in their infectiously catchy hard rock – imagine a witch’s cauldron filled with trace elements of Motley Crue, Tesla, Kingdom Come, Steelheart, and Dokken.

Vocalist Danny Beissel has a classic growl that seems to be the sum of one part Vince Neil and one part Jeff Keith, with a sprinkle of Bon Scott and Zakk Wylde. The dual-guitar assault of Danny and lead guitarist Brian Quinn are anchored by bassist Erik Leonhardt and ex-FUEL drummer Kevin Miller.

All the good stuff is here: gang vocals in the choruses, heavy rectifier guitar tone, riffs and solos, easy-to-digest lyrical content… finally, a groupie-worthy rock act. This one definitely goes to eleven, so throw on the ripped Levi’s you’ve had since high school, shut your bedroom door, and crank up the stereo until your parents scream.

– SK


 
 
Woodale — Finish What You Start
Artist:
Woodale
Album:
Finish What You Start
Genre:
Melodic Pop/Rock
Rating:
3 Stars
Bottom
Line:
Where Coldplay and Ben Folds Collide.

What a disappointment that Woodale’s first release is only a five-song EP, because it flies by in a rush, leaving you wanting more. It’s so rare to get melodic pop rock like this these days from a non-fabricated band. Getting it from a band based in Florida is even more surprising.

Splendor is the band that most comes to mind when listening to these guys, but the Coldplay influence will be more obvious to the general public. Or, perhaps you’ll hear some Ben Folds in the music, if you could imagine him introducing some alternative rock guitar into the mix.

Catchy vocal performances with multi-part harmonies, piano (and synths), and modern alternative guitar sounds abound, but the songs are a bit too formulaic. We would love to hear the band branch out into some more involved pieces and break from their reliance on contrived pop arrangements in the future, but for a debut EP, they definitely got our attention.

– SK

 
   
             
             
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