Exclusive Review: West Of House – “Crescendo Of Silence” Album/LP

Review by: Justyn W. Brodsky

Cover Art of West Of House’s “Crescendo of Silence” Album

Emerging from the cityscapes of Orange County in California, Alt/Indie band West of House began hitting the ground this past year in December 2019 when the quintet got together through their respective music scene, most coming from different bands over the years. As chemistry formed quickly, the band came together as five top of the line musicians to form a solid lineup ready to create some next-level music that would share reminiscences of Pink Floyd, Radiohead, U2, The Cure and many others of a similar caliber. After several months of composing, creating and combining their respective talents into one powerful unit, the band’s album ‘Crescendo of Silence’ would emerge and fire up the band’s fan base, as well as new listeners; beginning a career that showed an immense amount of promise in the future, but some high expectations as well due to the anticipation of what they had in store for the debut album.

The band’s distinctive Alt/Rock signature sound lays down a unique foundation with balance and composure that touches on equal parts originality and familiarity; utilizing a sound that has well known stylizations, as well as freshness among the five members and their individual contributions to the band’s overall sound. Opening track “Yesterdays” is triumphantly anthemic and has production value that compliments the top notch song writing and precise vocals this track serves up. The chorus is wholesome, the verses are effective and the upper 3rd harmonies really demonstrate an unrelenting vocal range coming from singer Erick Bieger. It’s definitely a standout track among others like the more upbeat “Echoes Down The Road,” a song that cruises from beginning to end with powerful Major key chords that really leave open room for melodically magnificent vocals. It’s a solid track that really changes up the pace and really brings true melody to the album that stands out from every angle; making it a record that explores some of the best tones an Alt/Record could really bring to the forefront.

‘Crescendo of Silence’ is an innovative album of ten tracks that really puts West of House on a pedestal of their own. It has every element you’d expect from an alt/rock record plus so much more. It’s just something you’d have to hear to believe. The album will be available September 4th on Spotify and several other music streaming platforms. In the meantime, check out their other music below.


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Exclusive Review: Phillip Foxley – “I’ll Try ‘Till I Die” LP

Review by: Justyn W. Brodsky

Cover Art of Phillip Foxley’s ‘I’ll Try ‘Till I Die’

I never thought I’d see a clean cut man of Phillip Foxley‘s age performing some of my favorite Rock, Punk and Indie styles. His long lengthy 29-track album, ‘I’ll Try ‘Till I Die,’ is an anthemic collection of songs with crunchy guitar, dynamic leads and vocal melodies that tie it all together into one rockin’ package; and it’s anything but a disappointment.

After releasing a vast array of singles, this debut album, though a long journey of a listen, is worth every listen. Opening track “I’ve Forgotten Something Else!” is an explosive and in-your-face catchy track with some of the best guitar progressions and vocal melody combinations that have been put together in this era. Phillip is not just another musician searching for that next groundbreaking sound that has over theatrical antics with post production; it’s good old plug-in-and-play, writing effective songs, and just going for it. His sound is reminiscent of classic 90s/2000s bands like Saves The Day, Ramones and The Suicide Machines. You hear this right off the bat, he’s not after anything innovative or seeking that next big thing, he just wants to write songs that are fun-filled, energetic and catchy enough to draw you in to his flavorful Rock sound.

Now again, there’s 29 tracks to choose from. While they all maintain consistency, each track offers new angles to Phillip‘s talent; adding in feature artists, instrumentals and different tastes of his signature sound and stylization. His piano track “Promises” is beautifully crafted with waves of backup vocals, gorgeous string arrangements and is hauntingly visceral from the very first listen. This album, literally, has something for everyone and offers up an anthemic sound that is comprised of multifaceted textures and versatile measures. It’s just one of many songs that will surprise you, but still fit among the rest of the album’s content.

Phillip Foxley is quite a find, and anyone that can resonate with the late 80s and 90s Rock sound with classic Emo and Indie flavors will absolutely fall head over heals with this record. It’s currently available on several platforms and we can’t stress enough how much we recommend picking this one up.


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Exclusive Review: Snailmate – “I Know What You Want” Single

Review by: Justyn W. Brodsky

When it comes to dynamic duo Snailmate, it’s all about the energy and insatiable desire to share their unique sound with the world. Comprised of Kalen Lander (Synth/Vocals) and Bentley Monet (Drums/Vocals), this Arizona-based band has relentlessly toured Europe, Japan, and spends 6 months out of the year touring the US for the last 5 years. Since then, Snailmate has been hitting the ground running and has no intention of stopping, and they are currently extending their buzz with their newest single “I Know What You Want”.

Combining a fury of well placed synth parts, dual punk and rap-oriented vocals with measures of theatrical touches, this single is equally fun as it is technical and tightly knit. The vocals are spit quickly and effectively, putting a brilliant genre bend to their electronically-infused signature sound. Meanwhile the drums are super punchy, full of fun fills and cover all angles despite any lack of guitar. The track is bassy, attention grabbing, and versatile in its overall execution.

If anyone grew up in the 90’s scene, then you might remember Atom and His Package. While Snailmate‘s sound is very different, they give a great callback, or perhaps reminder of Atom. But either way, can be appreciated all the same. One thing you can definitely hear is Snailmate having a mess load of fun, and is definitely a must-see when they jump back on tour after this COVID19 pandemic subsides. But until then, you really need to take a listen to “I Know What You Want” and get to know this band. Their music is available all over the place and their multifaceted and energetic sound will be your new addiction.

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Album Review: Trey Wonder – “Can’t Wait” LP

Review by: Justyn W, Brodsky

When it comes to versatility and expressing unrelenting artistic merit, Hawaii-based indie artist Trey Wonder hits home with his full length record ‘Can’t Wait’, a collection of multifaceted tracks that bring back an old school production style with several rock and indie elements that bring a sense of nostalgia.

Trey, a master of his craft with 25 years of guitar and 20 years of drums under his belt, the performer/songwriter started garnering an unwavering buzz after the release/success of his sophomore album ‘The Ghost Of My Father’ in 2018, which has amassed over 500,000 streams on Spotify alone. Now with his current release ‘Can’t Wait’ making its rounds in the market, Trey has once again raised the bar by continuing to release hauntingly grungy and genre-bending Rock songs that are equally compelling as they are diverse. With fast tempo changes, ominously catchy vocal hooks, punchy rhythm section tones and a style reminiscent of blends that concoct ingredients from artists like Nirvana, The Ramones, Weezer and others of a similar caliber, ‘Can’t Wait’ really shines a light on Trey‘s free spirited writing style that is innovative, inventive, and really brings us through a journey through several Rock genre and sub-genre approaches you never thought could be conjured. This album is one of those gems you might find in someone’s random CD or record collection, but at the same time could easily be out in the forefront making waves among the masses of Trey‘s fans that have always been there, as well as new fans just discovering him.

This album is an explosion of versatility and combines several eras of Rock elements all stirred together into a tasty stew of endless musicianship factors, tightly knit chord progressions, and a classic production style that brings us back to a time where music really caught our attention. ‘Cant Wait’ is a must-listen in every way, and you can thank us later for recommending it.

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Exclusive Review: Versus Me – “Continuous” EP

Article by: Justyn Brodsky & Dave Welsh

With the countless amount of bands and artists in today’s indie scene, signed or unsigned, they’re all aiming to climb to the top of the Spill Your Guts agro crag (if you grew up watching 90s Nickelodeon, then you know exactly what that is). But all that aside, the music industry has never been more competitive for the up-and-comers, especially after the discontinuation of the full-summer runs of the holy grail of indie band-designated traveling music festivals, the Vans Warped Tour, after 2018. But a band like Versus Me, who began hitting the ground running several years ago and comprised of passionate musicians that put every cell of their body into their music, have been part of the Warped Tour scene heatwave and everything in between, and yet have easily stood out among the masses, with or without the push from others in the scene. Basically, these guys are 100% DIY til they die; where no matter where they end up, they created their own destiny and manifested it all on their own, with blood sweat and tears. All of this passion in the energetic, metalcore-driven outfit comes to fruition in their most recent 13-track juggernaut “Continuous”, which released this past September.

These tracks are not only unwaveringly in-your-face, but as tight-knit as can be. It’s orchestrated chaos with more than enough melody to keep it in a mainstream-worthy spectrum. The verses are just as much ambient and ominous as they are gripping and unrelentingly earth shattering. All topped off with dynamic interludes, EDM touches in many bridge measures and breakdowns, and a plethora of musicianship factors that are brought to the forefront through top of the line production techniques. The vocals share dueling duties of both crafty melody measures and high power screaming that never outdoes itself in any way. And let me point out – VM does not use the scream factor just for the sake of it. You can tell this band knows there’s a time and place for everything, and with screaming making or breaking the divide, these guys get it right just about every time and conjure a sound that is both edgy and marketable. Rabidly high gained guitar swells, chugs and mid throttle riffs pan out perfectly on both sides of the mix and completely hold together the punchy textures that the rhythm section holds down throughout every high energy chorus and breakdown.

One of the most notable factors of “Continuous” is its versatility and multifaceted nature. You hear the same band playing throughout the duration of this record, but hear something different in more subtle ways rather than obvious ones; separating them from an “experimental” sound or aura that can throw the record completely off. This album is a great serving of many metalcore-edged components, but have so much more going on with their distinctive detail, post production touches, and just altogether a unity of energy, passion, musicianship, dynamics, and everything that shows you exactly how a band stands apart from anything else you’ve ever heard. And that’s exactly what you’ll hear with “Continuous”. You’ll have a very difficult time picking a favorite song from this record, and once you listen to this anthemic record from front to back, you’ll understand exactly why.

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