Music Review: Sick Like Me – The Drum Cave Sessions

By Lilli Lewis

Sick Like Me
The Drum Cave Sessions
Genre: Alternative, Rock
Sounds like: Mazzy Star, Alanis Morrisette, mix of several influences and genres

SLM’s “The Drum Cave Sessions” plays as a testament to the broad tastes and talents of its mastermind, Amy Rasdall. From deeply grooved hard hitting rock tunes, to anthemic punk pop and power ballads, Rasdall proves that even if you can’t say it all in one EP, you can certainly try.

The taught, high octane “Gotta Change” is probably the radio single, but may be the least representative of the offering. This EP, with all its varied textures, is packed with broad, anthemic writing, slammin’ guitar, and a healthy appreciation for those just so harmony treatments that make good rock songs “sing” as it were…a practice that seems to be dwindling in indie rock these days.

Being a southern girl myself, I’m drawn to the deep pocket 6/8 instrumental jam of “All 9 of Us.” “Dirty” feels like a tune Melissa Etheridge could make a quick million off of, but the closer “Call My Name” plays like the real heart of the collection.

Over all, the vocals seem to have something of a garage band treatment while the songs come off as epic in scale and conception. I could see either more pristine or more psychedelic treatments, to reveal even more of the monster project this is. Best of all, these songs grow on you every time you play through. Eventually, you grow from being the fan to the friend, sitting in the corner of the drum cave, jaw dropped at the talent and passion making this music, and all you want to say is “rock on Rasdall!”

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Music Review: Trumpet Grrrl – “Rain Boots”

Trumpet Grrrl
“Rain Boots”
Genre: Pop, Rock, Singer-Songwriter
Sounds like: George Michael, Elton John, Laura Mvula, Queen

“Great catchy song! Love the instruments on the track too; So bouncy, and oh so good.” ~Sinem Saniye

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Music Review: The Shiz – Meet Me In The Morning

By Amy Rasdall

The Shiz
Meet Me In The Morning
Genre: Blues, Folk, Rock, Singer-Songwriter
Sounds like: Alabama Shakes, Crazy Horse, Toshi Reagon, Jack White, Band of Skulls

An eclectic album filled with soulful melodies and a mixture of deep feelings, “Meet Me In The Morning” is The Shiz’s sophomore release. By the third song I felt like moving down to Louisiana – just to be able to hear this band live!

Opening the album is JUGGERNAUT – a 70′s rock go-getter similar to Cherry Bomb or a newer Lenny Kravitz concoction. As you’re ears get used to the smooth, driving beat, OIL SPILL keeps you swinging and out of your seat. The song’s catchy “Birds of a feather stick together” and its background chorus of ooh’s coupled with organ fills sets you up for TUMBLE, switching to a 2- and 4- accented, Stevie Wonder Superstitious-type groove. The blend of instruments used by the band is one-of-a-kind arranged – each song is rounded out with an unexpected instrument that somehow is made to fit into the story.

Liz Hogan, Lilli Lewis and crew then begin to dig deeper into your musical soul with songs HAPPY ENOUGH, NEW JIM CROW and ANYBODY ANYMORE – each composition billowing with its own unique message, dissonant chord progressions and catchy, melodic phrasing throughout. The band delves into soulful blues and classic rock tube amp / fat tone for several songs – giving the listener a slapback to Steppenwolf, the Doors and ZZ Top while proposing rhetorical questions in powerful lyrics sung in smoky, dirty low vox style.

The Shiz

RIDE OUT – my personal favorite – takes you into a melodic Pink Floyd-ish rock dream with late 70′s harmonies – and just like the song suggests, you feel like riding out, down the highway, into the sunset, across the desert – in a Quentin Tarantino movie… and you don’t even notice the cello until the end! Brilliant! BOXCAR soothes with its smooth, languid ballad in 6/8 form with yearning lyrics and haunting harmonies – its fluid composition and wide dynamics make this song amazing sauce!

After the previous incredibly deep works or art, I WILL NOT SLEEP THROUGH MY OWN DELIVERANCE, SLEEP BABY, SLUMBER and GREY GIRL pick you back up with their uplifting choruses, variety of instruments and building progressions, getting you ready for DRIFTIN’ – which has a Marshall Tucker Band meets Mazzy Star feel. At this point in the album, get your lighter in one hand and your beer in the other – you’ll be swaying and singing right along with THE RAPTURE, a powerfully delivered vocal melody that builds a la Fleetwood Mac’s “The Chain,” and you’ll want more when FOR THE PEOPLE comes to an end, as you feel yourself wanting to hit rewind over… and over… and over…

The Shiz has won this reviewer’s heart – just by staying true to their roots, never compromising their soulful and realistic blend of sounds and acoustics, and telling their stories through the complexity of their excellently crafted melodic compositions. You can download the album at http://theshiz.bandcamp.com and keep up with Liz, Lilli, Wade and David at http://www.shizrock.com.

What a soulful pleasure to my ears! Over and out…

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Amy RasdallReviewed by: Amy Rasdall
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Guitarist, bassist and singer since 1987. Rock is her first love in music. Amy graduated from Berklee College of Music in 1999 with a B.M. in Music Business / Management. Having worked for record labels, media and clubs on the ‘other side’ of the industry, she is now able to share her music with everyone on her own terms.