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Review of ‘Road to the Sun’ album on Factory Fast Records — June 10, 2016

Review of ‘Road to the Sun’ album on Factory Fast Records

 
This is another excellent compilation from Factory Fast, there’s a solid roots / blues / rock core with each artist defining their own sound from indie rock to acoustic blues to jazz all with great grooves, excellent riffing and vocals and great arrangements too.

Shattervox – Talking to Myself
A great indie rock vibe to this song. I really like how it opens with a bass riff, there’s a great interplay between a chord vamp and riff which has a surf guitar feel and there’s a nice change of feel with feedback leading into a more laid back groove building tension again slowly. The vocals have a great edge of tension to them.

The Rose Hotel – The Last of The Hornsea Boys
Another great opening to this song, a solid momentum from drumming and bass with a great riff which has a lonesome kind of feel and the brass is a great element. The vocals have a great lonesome quality too and there’s really good changes in feel from an upfront sound to laid back to a chord vamp.

Francesca Romana Fabris – Rainy Day
I really like how this song opens with the bass which establishes the groove and vocals then the percussion and shimmering guitar chords drop in. The song has an excellent jazz vibe, Francesca’s vocals are smooth and dreamy, the guitar playing is excellent and the sax adds a great element.

Bill Zanni – Road to the Sun
Acoustic guitar riff and chords to open, a really nice blues feel. Great change of feel to a more intense rock sound when drumming and distorted guitar enter. Vocals have a real brooding quality which suits the style of the song really well. Great solo too.

Pig’n’Aif – Dead Man Blues (Handover Version)
A great blues rock vibe to open with really good riffing, the vocals tell a great story with subtle but really good harmonies. The bass and drumming give a great momentum. I really like the arrangement of the strummed guitar and lead lines.

Crow Jane – One Day Late, One Dollar Short
Great opening to the song, the drumming sets out a groove followed by an excellent riff. I really like the change of feel when the vocals enter, it’s a great contrast. There’s some really nice blues harp and an excellent solo too.

Adrian James – Wishing on You
I love the laid back vibe of this song, it opens with strummed acoustic guitar with subtle organ and an emerging guitar lead line. The vocals are excellent, really smooth complimenting the song really well.

 
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Review of ‘Rise up Son’ compilation album on Factory Fast Records — September 13, 2015

Review of ‘Rise up Son’ compilation album on Factory Fast Records

 

This a great compilation featuring a wide range of styles from acoustic, metal, blues and jazz to soulful with a funk vibe. There’s some great storytelling with a simmering tension at times. The songs are all really well produced with excellent vocals and there’s also some great riffing and solos too.

Michael Brondstetter – Ghost in the Walls
This song has a great acoustic riff to open and excellent vocals. The song has a great arrangement and the guitar playing is excellent.

Starkett Levee – Marshall Dillon
A slightly distorted riff accompanies an acoustic riff to open, the song has a great edge of tension. It’s a great story telling with a real simmering quality at times and nice changes in feel too with excellent riffs and solo.

The Celebration Army – They Call Me Jesus
A great blues / rock n’ roll type of groove to the opening riff with bass and drumming, there’s a nice change in momentum to the verse with more of a funk vibe to the guitar. The song has great vocals too and a really nice build and release of tension with great changes in feel. I really like the solo too.

Francesca Romana Fabris – You Won’t Put Me Down
This song has a great jazz vibe to the opening which continues through the song. There’s a real passion to the vocals and the brass and sax solo add a really nice touch. There’s some great jazz / blues guitar playing too and really nice changes in feel.

Johnny Hate – Around Myself
This song has a great opening leading into an excellent riff, shimmering tremelo chord and a mandolin (I think). The song has a slow brooding quality, the vocals are great with excellent story telling. There’s a great interplay between the different instruments with good changes in feel too. I really like the solo, it suits the style of the song really well with a great tone too.

Stevan Brasel – Rise Up Son
There’s a great momentum to the song with solid drumming and bass playing with 2 guitars weaving in and out of the song. The vocals are really good, they are very deep and have a real soulful blues type of quality about them. There’s a great solo too. I really like the great blues vibe to this song.

Genuine Crude – Inside Jacob’s Head
I think there’s a quote from a film to open the song, not sure which one but it sets the scene really well. There’s a great momentum from solid drumming and bass. It’s a really tight knit sound, a bit of an 80’s metal vibe at times. There’s really good lead playing which contrasts really well with the more jangly riffs. The vocals are excellent and there’s really good changes in feel through the song.

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