I’m happy to have picked this girl duo as my first official review! As some of you may know I am all about the old school girl groups of the 40′s, 50′s and 60′s. I love everything about them! When it comes to clean harmonies and soulful angst, girl groups just do it right.
That being said, you can definitely hear major similarities between Chains of Love and old school girl groups like The Ronettes and The Shirelles. Of course they modernize their sound a smidgen with the ends of most of their songs with something a little unconventional, which I love!
Being primarily a singer I cannot help but be drawn to this chicks voice! It sounds so classic and a little bit like an early Joan Jett. I like that she is concerned with telling the story instead of trying to belt the hell out of every note. These girls have clearly taken time to put these harmonies together and they sound beautiful!
The music itself isn’t particularly original. Every song on their album sounds like a song I have already heard. They take basic rock chord progressions. There is a section in I’d Rather Be Crying that sounds just like something from The Rocky Horror Picture Show. However, I love The Rocky Horror Picture Show, so I’m not really complaining, merely making an observation. It seems their mentality with the music was “if it ain’t broken, don’t fix it.” People love classics!
My favorite track is by far He’s Leaving (With Me). The song is perfectly balanced and there is the best guitar riff towards the end, which I was hoping would go on much longer! It was such a cool break up in the song.
As far as tour dates, it looks like these girls are hitting Canada pretty hard, but no American cities as of yet. I will be keeping my eyes on them. I have a feeling they would put on a great show!
LOVESTRUCK COUPLES SPECIAL..Bring your Sweetheart or a Friend and celebrate
ALISA BONIELLO’S premiere headlining performance in NYC and the release of her debut EP, LOVESTRUCK at DROM. Couple’s tickets, 2 for $15 will be available until 6:00 PM on Saturday, May 26, 2012. Special is only available for purchase online. Go to http://bit.ly/LfzYly and use the promotion code: 24LOVESTRUCK. Check out the flyer for all the details.
I think I have realized why I am an artist. Everyone knows their strengths and weaknesses, and what job (s) they are good at because of their skill sets etc. For example, my sister is creative and artistic, so she is a talented fashion designer. (Shout out to Marteal and Estrada) My boyfriend is freakishly smart and detail oriented, therefor is a great computer programmer. I myself am quite moody, often irrational, and severely emotional at times. I think at this time I would like to quickly apologize to my lovely boyfriend for accepting the fact that I try to break up with him about once a month. After three years he knows the routine, and keeps me grounded to the best of his ability.
That being said, a bit of emotion and irrationality is the perfect recipe for an artist!
Has any famed artist been known for their punctuality or time management skills? No! They are known for their passion and drive. I often find myself tinkering at the piano whenever I become “emotional,” with a box of tissues near-by.
I swear I never used to be this dramatic… I don’t know what has happened to me.
Oh Jack White… how I still love you. My sister and I saw Jack on Tuesday and he did not disappoint! He had an amazing set backed up by a band consisting entirely of women musicians in pale blue dresses. It kind of looked like a 1970 style prom, in the most bad-ass, Jack White way possible. Not only did he kill it first time around, but he had a little surprise up his sleeve and opened the second stage for his encore with a whole new band. Very awesome. But what I was most excited about was being introduced to the… ALABAMA SHAKES. I have decided the singer chick is Janis Joplin reincarnated in the body of a curvy, afro rocking black woman. Seriously, I have not seen any women resemble Janis Joplin’s type of performing, until the Alabama Shakes, and it was incredible. I am totally hooked and plan on following these guys around for a while. This concert couldn’t even be slight ruined by the drunken idiot head banging in front of us, or the creepy older guy insisting on showing us his nipple ring. Guy, you’re like 40, going grey, and showing off your nipple ring (singular: he couldn’t even manage to do both) and your dumb ass tattoos of fish… sorry, but not interested.
Anyways, it was a really good concert to see to get me feeling motivated for my show. I have had several good reviews this week and 2 good voice lessons with Ms. Candance Goetz.
SO we are less than a week away from my show at DROM, and sadly I am far too tired to be excited about it at the moment. My weekend has been filled with tutus, children’s music and excessive amounts of bobby pin and hair spray. Yes, the dance school I work at had their annual recital. That is 500 students, plus 2000 parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles and siblings all organized into 5 recitals in 1 DAY! Needless to say, my voice is almost non-existent (which is making me incredibly nervous) and my feet and legs have a horrible sensation of pins and needles from over-use…. O sound like an old person.
I sound like a whiney old person.
Regardless of my aching body, the recitals went on with minimal flaws, and my students were by far the cutest! These toddlers were strutting their stuff in fluffy layers of shimmery tool and tiaras. Well, realistically I was lucky to get them to plié all together because they were so excited to be on stage and dressed like a princess.
Today I have been listening to different versions of “Will you still love me tomorrow” for my show. I’m not sure who I am going to want to channel the day of. I find that envisioning myself as someone I look up to works in theory, but it never translates well in a performance. It really is impossible to be like someone else, no matter how much time you try to plan and prep. When you are the center of attention and under pressure with adrenaline pumping through your body, you’re just going to be the best hyped up version of yourself… hopefully.
Going to listen to My Chemical Romance’s version of “Under Pressure”…It sums up present mood perfectly.
Hi weekend, you couldn’t have come any sooner.
I know this is cliché, but I feel as an artist you constantly question your direction. Is this the best representation of myself? Is this what people want? Will I make a difference? Is this what I am meant to do? About a million questions similar to this plague my mind every day, all day and honestly, it can become tiring and all the Jack White music in the world can’t drown it out. I guess that these questions are what makes being an artist appealing, you have the chance to change, grow, (digress even if you so choose) and carve out your path in the world.
Call me shallow, but a few good reviews keep the selfish self-loathing in check. I genuinely couldn’t believe some of the press that I have been receiving this week, and I couldn’t be more appreciative. I kind of want to send a thank you card in the mail; it is so much more awesome than a Facebook message that reads “thnx 4 the review”. That is just not sufficient. These people deserve a hand written letter signer with a big heart and several x’s, after all they took the time to sit and listen to my EP and spend their precious time composing a review about ME. One website said I was “easy on the ears and easy on the eyes”. I’m a girl and sometimes you just need someone to say “hey you look hot!!!!” But one of the best things that a reviewer has said about me was that was reminiscent of Cee-Lo Green! I am not sure if anyone is aware, but, I LOVE HIS MUSIC! I can’t get enough of him. I even listened to his 7up commercial on repeat.
Basically, I just would like to thank anyone who has taken the time to listen and take the time to talk about it. That’s awesome.