Alright lets hop in the DeLorean and soup up the Flux Capacitor
and take that baby all the way back to July
18th, 2001 (side note, I really am not that big of a dork,
really I'm not). So now that we are back in time, we are at the
TLA here on South Street in Philadelphia, PA. Fresh off of their
Bands on the Run win, Flickerstick was headlining the show with
three bands before them. I heard the Flickerstick tour manager
talking about how great one of the bands was so I decided I would
be a little prick and be critical of their set
tour manager had to say that stuff. Its not like he was gonna
bad mouth a band sharing the bill right? So I tried looking for
something not to like.
Well the band was rubyhorse and needless to
say they blew me away. I went out the merch table after the set
and picked up their independent CD, how far have you come?
So I was more than happy to see that Island picked them up and
are now releasing their major label debut, Rise. While
drawing on all previously recorded material, Rise is still
a must-have CD.
The production on the songs are all different
and given new life. The biggest change occurs in the song "Into
The Lavender", which is given more of a rock treatment with
a much stronger drum presence. rubyhorse relies on well-written
songs, great melodies, and killer musician ship. There really
is not a song on the disc that I don't like which I don't think
I have ever said before. Highlights are "Into The Lavender,"
"Sparkle," "Punchdrunk," "Live Through
This," and my favorite track "Teenage Distraction."
rubyhorse is a band that we think very high of after catching
their great live show and look forward to watching the band break.
So why do I rip it off of the final elusive .5 star? I just would
have like to hear more new stuff but it is probably new to you.
Rise is already one of the top CDs of 2002.
|1: Happy In The Sunshine
3: Any Day Now
4: Into The Lavender
9: Teenage Distraction
10: Live Through This
11: The First Of The Year