Hailing from Cleveland, Ohio, Thisisashakedown's debut offers a highly-listenable potpourri of stylizations. The foursome merges acid-rock, progressive-metal, house grooves, techno and space-rock into a tightly organized package. And the respective artists' significant technical acumen translates into a party music album with a distinct edge, nicely contrasted by memorable hooks and Brandon Zano's resonating vocals.
The rhythm section lays out a firm bottom via pounding backbeats. Zano also handles the lead guitar duties. Hence, it's a driving and forceful program, spiced with torrid crunch chords, deep bass licks and textural synth lines. The group instills a moveable wall of sound; however, Zano sweetens the pot some, singing the catchy melodies with gusto and verve to complement a few quirky deviations. Bassist/synthesist Daniel Lee and synthesist Justin Nyilas don't overstate the electronics effects element, prudently embellishing the song-forms by implementing polytonal treatments and then revving them up during the hyper-mode movements.
On "Caving In," drummer Stephen Nicholson injects a percussion vamp in support of Zano's airy choruses. Here, the unit projects a hard rock/metal persona and picks up speed with chugging guitar motifs and booming rhythms. Thisisashakedown abides by a no frills and straightforward line of attack, while paying close attention to detail and rendering solid compositions that prompt repeated listens.
Track Listing: Circles; Love Kills; You Make Me Wanna; Radio; The Bert; Comeandcutmyheartout; Electric Sound; Can't Stop; Oh!; My Funny Valentine; Caving In.
Personnel: Brandon Zano: vocals, guitar; Daniel Lee: bass, synth; Justin Nyilas: synths, programming; Stephen Nicholson: drums.
I met Erroll Garner at The Theatrical Grill in Cleveland a few hours before our family was to see him on stage at Severance Hall. That was 45 years ago and I was only 15! I spotted him nearby in a booth wearing a beautiful tux with a great white napkin draped over him! I was a little nervous as I approached him (he was eating shrimp cocktail) and said, Mr
I met Erroll Garner at The Theatrical Grill in Cleveland a few hours before our family was to see him on stage at Severance Hall. That was 45 years ago and I was only 15! I spotted him nearby in a booth wearing a beautiful tux with a great white napkin draped over him! I was a little nervous as I approached him (he was eating shrimp cocktail) and said, Mr. Garner, I love playing the piano... is there any advice you could give me?'' He hesitated, then looked back at me and said, Keep playin' and don't stop!'' That was great advice because at 60 years old, I'm still playin' and haven't stopped!