Launch Point started in the summer of 2006 after the band Chevallier had decided to move from Vegas to Austin to pursue their efforts the live music capital. With members not following through with the plan, and others pursing other venues of creativity it was time for a new direction. Jon ‘Evs’ Evans, the drummer from Chevalier, decided that, rather than waiting for everyone else to make a decision on whether it was worth making music together, to keep moving forward.
Recommended if you like: Psychedelic rock, punk, grunge Recommended tracks: “Wandering”
Written as high school sophomores, and recorded while juniors, Voices of Vendetta by Kearns Utah-based band, The Reprints, is an exciting first release from a young band, filled with potential. The songs range from youth-energy fueled punk and grunge to psychedelic era Beatles, from ’70s rock to early ’60s ballads, in addition to one particular track that I believe shows what it to come (more on that in just a bit). Despite four decades of influence all being very apparent in the songs, the album is congealed in fun, upbeat listening.
The Reprints center around lead guitar/vocalist Zakk Burdick and bass/guitar/vocalist Cameron Singer. The album Voices Of Vendetta was mostly recorded by Zakk and Cameron, with the help of musician friends, though they have since added Jake Conover on drums, and Scott Sandberg on rhythm guitar. The album features both Burdick and Singer as lead vocalists, and is heavy with back up vocals and harmonies. It also features extremely capable guitar and bass playing, and VERY solid lead guitar playing by Burdick, who clearly knows his way around the fretboard. Continue reading “The Reprints – Voices of Vendetta review”→
Echoed Illusions is a band from Sandy, Utah with a fusion of several styles including punk and hardcore with a slight progressive edge. They have recently recorded a full-length album called Beyond the Line with producer Gregg Hale at Lincoln Street Sound Studios, and many listeners might compare them favorably to Coheed and Cambria, Rush, or Saosin. Three of the four members of Echoed Illusions are LDS: Joel Clark, Michael Howell, and Takami Kowalski, and they currently have one member on a full-time mission for the Church, Matt Petrucci. Joel, Michael, and Takami recently got together to answer a few questions I sent to them, and they talk about their influences, their lineup changes, and the themes you can expect to hear in their songs.
When I was 13, my best friend Travis and I stumbled onto an Isaac Hayes record, which set us on a path of searching out funk, soul and R&B artists of the ’70s. Needless to say, when Dr. Dre began sampling George Clinton songs in the early ’90s, we quickly became big fans. With that disclaimer of my biased love of ’70s funk, soul and R&B of the ’70s, it is no surprise that I knew I would enjoy the album My Life by Young Sim and Definit, the opening song sampled “Ain’t Nothing But The Real Thing” by Marvin Gaye; but when I heard the soul classic “Give Me Your Love” by Vermettya Royster, sampled, I knew these guys loved the same hip hop roots as I, and that I was going to REALLY love this album. Continue reading “Definit and Young Sim – My Life Review”→
Linescratchers welcomes Gregg Hale, a new writer/reviewer from Salt Lake City. Gregg is a producer, engineer, songwriter, guitarist of Our Dark Horse and Last Response, and former guitarist of the band Spiritualized. He owns Handsome Rob Records and Lincoln Street Sound Studio in Salt Lake. – Syphax
Citizen Fate – Cranked To Overkill
Recommended if you like: depends on the song, but the album gave me thoughts of LA Guns and Oasis, with hints of Ocean Colour Scene, The Jam, and The Kinks.
The first two members of Citizen Fate that I met were lead guitar player Greg Fetzer and Drummer Johnathan Nay. After talking to them for a few minutes, I met bass player Mike Sharp. I could tell they were probably around 18 or 19, and it soon came to light that they were all in the same ward, and were getting ready to go on missions. The trio were soon joined by two other gentlemen who turned out to be Young Mens leaders in their ward. I thought it was nice that they had that type of support from their church leaders… I was only half right.
Gregg Hale has been treated well by the music industry, having a chance to play with the British band Spiritualized and go on tour. Instead of resting on his laurels and forgetting about everyone else, he’s decided to help give back to the music community. He can be seen judging music shows in Salt Lake City and recording promising new upcoming bands. He’s a valuable resource for many musicians in Salt Lake. PS – he’s nice. And approachable. You heard me.