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Sick Of It All? Try Going To Venus

Leaving Venus“Sick Of It All”, the title track from Leaving Venus’s most recent EP made me smile right from the get go. You know the moment in the movies when a fledgling band in the late 1950’s excitedly listens to their song on the radio for the first time… and then it quickly cuts mid-stream to them playing it live? Well yeah, that’s the exact vibe you get at the 30 second mark. And the style of music in this track fits the image as well… a rockabilly styled tune, simple chord changes, but catchy and lyrically clever. Then right at the 1:20 mark you get a refreshing 10 second change in tone that brings to mind something you’d hear from The Connells, maybe like from the “All Sinks In” track off of One Simple Word. In fact it’s a glimpse of what the other tracks on the EP are like.

 

I had a hard time choosing which other track from the EP to add to the broadcast. Ultimately I chose
“Comfortably”, mostly because it had me tapping my foot halfway through my first listen, and had me wanting to sing along by the second. I suppose that’s as good of a test as any. “Comfortably” probably also does the best job in showcasing Michael Miller’s mellifluous voice. Sometimes I do wish he’d do just a bit more vocally, but in this track it feels just right, well “comfortable” actually.

Leaving Venus – DMitch

 

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Casper the Indie Rocker

artist: Casper Jones :: genre: rock|folk|alt-country :: album: Delicious Creation :: label: unsigned


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Bleeding Heart :: Better Man

To be quite frank, I really didn’t think I would dig this one all that much as I am just not very fond of alt-country/indie/add your own adjective here.  As I pressed play on the mp3 player I cringed, bracing myself for the impending train wreck of sound that was sure to follow.   But it didn’t.  To my pleasant and wonderful surprise, Delicious Creation, the 2009 debut album by Danish guitarist/singer-songwriter Casper Jones (now living in Boston, MA) showcases Jones’ edgy guitars as his soulful lyrics laced with alt-rock angst take center stage for an Incubus meets Cracker kind of experience.
As the first power chords of Bleeding Heart’ rang out I found myself intrigued and looking forward to what was coming next…even though I had no idea what that could be.  Then, much to my chagrin, the next (2) tracks I listened to (‘Nothing Else’ and ‘One Night in Hell’) left me scratching my head as I now found myself looking for the folk/alt-country influence.  Where was it?  Next, I queued up ‘Better Man’.  The song opened with a bright country/blues riff…and there it was.  There’s the rub.  However, that which I had feared I actually found to be quite a refreshing compliment.  In fact, I would be being less than truthful were I not to admit that I was somewhat enamored with the bouncy tempo of Jones’ crisp/melodic guitar work.
Casper Jones’ Delicious Creation is a serendipity of sound that truly lives up to it’s namesake.

– Drago