By the way, Prowler was also on the bill but I was so excited to see ECC and Illinois that I didn’t really give their music my full attention.
Eastern Conference Champions
(RockHampton Records, 2011)
02. Hell Or High Water
04. Bull In The Wild
06. How Long
10. Where From Here
I apologize for selfishly listening to Eastern Conference Champions’ ‘Speak-ahh’ since its release (April 26, 2011) and not once mentioning how amazing an album it is. As a music lover I’m rather disappointed with myself. If you’ll allow me, I would like a chance to make amends.
Eastern Conference Champions’ latest album ‘Speak-ahh’ is an amazing album and one that I would highly recommend to everyone. First off, the creative power of Eastern Conference Champions (ECC) is unreal. Joshua Ostrander’s voice has a hauntingly beautiful tone that brings a unique sound to the songs and nice guitar playing too. Greg Lyons is outstanding on drums, need I say more. Melissa Dougherty, third member of this rock-trio, is excellent on guitar.
Musically ‘Speak-ahh’ is brilliant and lyrically it’s just as impressive. “Attica” is the opening track, coated in ECC-rock goodness, and holds these lyrics “spare me the death of a thousand stabs and just tell me what you hadn’t planned.” And that’s just a taste of ECC’s lyrical descriptiveness. Oh my, that lingering percussive bass heard in “Hell Or High Water” is incredible. “The boys we know of Illinois, your voices are still ringing in my ears.” Look at ECC, mentioning their friends in the band Illinois (another great band you should know) – cool! “How Long” is another standout track for its engaging beat. I love the heartfelt lyrics “if love is easy I’ll break your heart” on “Offkilter”. “Atlas” is an intense and wonderful song recorded but hear it live and it’s phenomenal. Check out ECC’s official video for “Atlas” and you might get a better understanding of what I mean. What I’ve written here is only a sample of the album’s highlights. There’s far more to ‘Speak-ahh’ that words can’t express and only the music can.
‘Speak-ahh’ by Eastern Conference Champions definitely deserves to be among the other great ECC albums (The Southampton Collection, Ameritown, Santa Fe, and Akustiks) and in your music collection. If this blog was to adopt a 5-star rating system, ‘Speak-ahh’ would easily get 5 out of 5 stars.
[LISTEN] “Attica” from ‘Speak-ahh’ by Eastern Conference Champions
Monday, June 20, 2011
EASTERN CONFERENCE CHAMPIONS
w/ Prowler, and Illinois
1201 N. Frankford Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19125
Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm
Thanks to the fun times I had trying to find parking in Olde City on a Saturday evening I made it to the show a little late. I believe I missed about a third of Adrien Reju’s set. Reju was opening the show this night at the Tin Angel (Philadelphia, PA) with a full band. I heard her play several new songs and a David Bowie cover and it all sounded SO GOOD. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, Adrien Reju is a gifted singer-songwriter with a stunning voice and you owe it to yourself to check out her music. I wish I had some video from last night’s show because Reju’s performance was a definite treat and a resounding reminder that I really need to stop being so lazy and get to more shows. I’ve got to get my perfect show-going attendance back. After all, live music is my medicine.
Carsie Blanton was next and played a duo set – just vocals, acoustic guitar and upright bass. Blanton is another great singer-songwriter with an incredible voice. The imagery in Blanton’s songs is very vivid and holds such creativity. Carsie Blanton announced that she will be working on a new album, Idiot Heart, later this summer in Atlanta, GA. After hearing a few songs from Blanton’s upcoming release, including the title track, I know Carsie Blanton has a wonderful album on her hands and I can’t wait to hear the finished product. I would like to wish Carsie Blanton all the best on Idiot Heart. The show ended with a very impressive sounding cover of Hall & Oats “Rich Girl” performed by Adrien Reju and band with Carsie Blanton.
Support live music.
I’ve been listening to Hezekiah Jones – “Borrowed Heart” since its release last month by Weathervane Music as a new Shaking Through episode. I first heard “Borrowed Heart” played on WXPN (88.5FM) and thought the song was irresistible. So, I downloaded the song and play it on repeat often.
“Borrowed Heart” is an absolutely beautiful song. It’s the voices of Raphael Cutrufello, Kiley Ryan, and Andrew Lipke that are individually powerful and undeniably breathtaking. The music on this track is stunning and that buzzing lap steel (provided by Brad Hinton) is mesmerizing. Excellent contributions by all the Jones’ involved in this song for giving it such a full and complete sound. “Borrowed Heart” is a welcomed haunting and a great listening experience.
It’s said that “Borrowed Heart” syncs exactly with a scene from Bride of Frankenstein (a 1935 classic). Wow, that really speaks to how creative and truly an artist Raphael Cutrufello is. Brilliant!
The Lesser Ghost
The Lesser Ghost EP
(The Lesser Ghost, 2011)
2. Gilded Age
3. Paper Tiger
5. In Time
The Lesser Ghost is a 5-piece, alternative rock band from Brooklyn, NY that I discovered one Saturday night this past February at Dawson Street Pub (Philadelphia, PA) — you can find that review here. I was very impressed by their sound so I’ve been keeping an ear out for more from The Lesser Ghost. Well, just last month (April 5, 2011), they released their debut EP, The Lesser Ghost EP.
The Lesser Ghost EP is 5 wonderfully worked songs that hold true to that live The Lesser Ghost sound that caught my attention in the first place. This EP has all the makings of some really incredible music: ear pleasing vocals, with intelligently arranged guitar solos, and subtle soundscapes that fill-in at all the right moments.
Hey, The Lesser Ghost, I definitely like what I hear. Keep up the good sounds!
I just hope that The Lesser Ghost have another Philly show soon.
Kid Queasy – Old Man Jack (Sleet Walker‘s Synth Labyrinth II) — The beginning of this track definitely sounds like a spacey soundscape that I would expect to hear on XPN at night during Echoes, which is very alluring because Echoes plays some extremely creative music. At some point in the song the beat picks up a bit giving the song a more dance/electronica feel. There is a siren-like section in the song that might catch you off guard, so beware. When I find myself hitting the “repeat” button then I know it’s a great song. Although some of that need for repeat listening is out of sheer mesmerizing need to understand how an artist even goes about creating a track like this. Oh well, I’ve got the easy part, I just listen – and so should you.