By Amy Rasdall
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.
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…
Website - http://www.shizrock.com
Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/shizrock
Twitter - https://twitter.com/sheizrock
ReverbNation - http://www.reverbnation.com/theshiz
Bandcamp - http://theshiz.bandcamp.com
Reviewed by: Amy Rasdall
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.