Review Summary: Sons of the Radio have created an album that really showcases what a strong rock album should be. The songs are well written. There is plenty of great musicianship on Heartstrings & Heresies but it doesn’t get in the way of the songs. I will be bragging
Sons of the Radio
Heartstrings & Heresies
With all the controversy that is associated with Craigslist (murders, robberies and prostitution) it’s nice to see something positive come of it. In January of 2009 the three remaining members of power pop band Savage Mill put an ad in Craigslist looking for a vocalist. Matt Gomez responded. Later that year they replaced their guitarist with Mike Sullivan, the planets all aligned and the rock gods bear offspring, Sons of the Radio.
Sons of the Radio are: vocalist Matt Gomez, guitarist and vocalist Mike Sullivan, drummer Jimmy Herberson, and bassist Tom Kravulski. They are one of the hardest working bands in Maryland and the surrounding area. Sons of the Radio have a loyal following that insisted on them recording their original music. The band gave them what they wanted, the self-produced Heartstrings & Heresies.
The first thing from Heartstrings & Heresies that caught my attention is the crystal clear, unyielding vocals starting with “Just Press Go,” “Step up and press go, watch me as I lose control.“
“Tomorrow’s Wolves,” takes the album from pretty straight forward rock and roll to something a bit more diverse. It begins with an infectious bass groove that drifts in and out of a wild ruckus. Also notable about this track are the adept backup vocals.
Just about the time you think that Heartstrings & Heresies is getting a bit pensive, Sons of the Radio blow off some steam with “Get It In,” the lauded tale of the vixen and the tainted spoils she reaps for her soul.
I love the way, “Center so Vile,” starts with a clean finger picked style guitar and then the rhythm section comes in and blows the roof off. In the verses the bottom drops out and you have a seductive distorted bass and drums playing sparsely under the vocal. The guitar jumps back in at the chorus to give you that driving force that throws you into reckless abandon.
Heartstrings & Heresies finishes strong with “Suspicions.” Gomez really changes it up vocally on this song. He takes some risks here that I think really end up working out well.
Sons of the Radio have created an album that really showcases what a strong rock album should be. The songs are well written. There is plenty of great musicianship on Heartstrings & Heresies but it doesn’t get in the way of the songs. I will be bragging that I was listening to them since before they were signed.
Kirk Bullough – http://www.Muzikreviews.com
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