Great new songs I heard today, pt. 1
CHRIS SMITHER/Â JONAH TOLCHIN me&thee coffeehouse, Marblehead, MAÂ 1/24/14 The coffeehouse that once seemed so hard to find is as easy as a straight line. It’s cold as the dickens outside and i…
(SCROLL DOWN TO GET TO MY REVIEW) About a month ago, I saw two very talented artists perform at me&thee Coffeehouse in Marblehead, MA: The Bones of J.R. Jones and Caravan of Thieves. My review is featured in the March online edition of The Noise, a rad monthly magazine focused on New England-based musicians. Follow the link to read my piece, and be sure to listen to both artists - you won’t be disappointed.
Surf rock opening, nice and noisy. Lead singer’s voice has sort of a Motorhead gruffness. Sort of a Middle Eastern tinge to those guitars. This is the most garage rock-y song I’ve heard in a while. Can’t really make out the lyrics. Oo, tempo change…like that curveball. I can definitely see people moshing to this one at concerts. I have a soft spot for abrupt endings.
Verdict: I liked the energy and the guitar playing, but on the whole the track didn’t leave a big impression. However, I am intrigued enough to sample more of the band’s work.
Dawes was the first name to come to mind, and the lyrics definitely had a “Time Spent In Los Angeles” vibe. Nice laid-back beat, liked that organ there at the beginning. “Not love or happiness, but something in between” - that lyric resonated with me. Dug those Eagles-esque backing vocals a lot. Bridge made me sit up and take notice - choppy riffs and solo was enticing combination. In the quieter moments, Luke MacMaster’s vocals have a bit of that Conor Oberst weariness. Big, uplifting chorus hard not to like. All in all, nothing groundbreaking, but a well-written and likable slice of cozy heartland rock.
A very talented rising star in the indie and singer-songwriter realms.
- 2 weeks ago
"If you’re too drunk to walk
Along the streets of cobblestone
You know Boston never drinks alone
Boston never drinks alone"
"Young New England" by Transit