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Mean Creek – New Album Out

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“Alternative rock” is such an overused term, but Mean Creek have that ever-so-slight country tinge that gives them more of a classic sound, similar to Counting Crows (whom Mean Creek recently toured with), or if you’re even more old-school, Fleetwood Mac.

 

The Boston band recently released an album called Youth Companion, their third full-length release, and the songs are more organic and full of life than ever, even after a three-year hiatus from recording.  This may be because Mean Creek has been concentrating on touring and gigging around the Northeast, writing songs along the way that have been influenced by the very energetic atmosphere of the live show circuit.

 

That’s not to say that the tracks on Youth Companion are just upbeat alt-rock devoid of meaning.  On the contrary, there’s a lot of emotion here, particularly nostalgia, and the songs take you on a journey from childhood to adulthood via the most bittersweet route.

 

Mean Creek have come a long way since their days as a folk duo, nearly a decade ago.  What started out more timid and laid-back soon developed into something more assertive and confident, especially after the addition of a bassist and drummer in 2006.  Since then, the band has gone from strength to strength, playing on stage with some of the biggest names in alternative rock, and following good albums up with even better ones.

 

If you want to check out a Mean Creek show, and you definitely should, you can find their gig schedule on their web site, where you can also follow them on social media, or listen to some of their songs on YouTube.  They’ve just uploaded some tracks from the new album, so you can give them a try to see why they have so many fans, both regionally and nationwide.

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Review: Bishop | Goddard

Please welcome Goddard to the list of really awesome, super, cool bands listed here on the MassBands.org “green list”.  Check out this review and their album Bishop on Bandcamp.com. Be lured in with songs like “401”; mesmerized with the funky sounds of “Quick”, with lyrics like “pay attention/gather round and listen/pay attention/to what your drinking”, it’s hard not to “pay attention” to this really awesome band known as Goddard. When “Quick” goes to the breakdown at 2:08 into the song, it is just a phenomenal intense feel; then those screaming lyrics come in. Bishop | Goddard is a fine piece of work. This is a really awesome album that everyone of our subscribers needs to check out!

Math rock is defined by Wikipedia as “a rhythmically complex, often guitar-based, style of experimental rock and indie rock[1] acts that emerged in the late 1990s…is characterized by complex, atypical rhythmic structures (including irregular stopping and starting), counterpoint, odd time signatures, angular melodies, and extended, often dissonant, chords.” Sweet! With songs structured like “From Europa to Neptune” you can hear just that; complex rhythm, experimental indie rock at it’s best. “Brigadoon” comes in with their drums beating, then some funky bass. This is definitely a trip you all gotta check out! The stops, the fundamentally syncopated guitars, the lyrics; Goddard is definitely a band you should check out!

Current band members of Goddard  include Andy K on drums, Jason K on guitar and vocals, Anne B on bass and vocals, Moe S on guitar. I definitely need to see this band live sometime. This is totally a band you should look in to. I think you will enjoy them much!

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    Review: Dreamscapes From Dead Space | Ichabod

    Holy guacamole! I just found another crazy awesome band! Well, more like they found me, and submitted themselves through our MassBands.org submit page. “Oh, yeah!” I’m listening to Dreamscapes From Dead Space | Ichabod. A stellar grungy face smashing Crang awaits you on Dreamscapes From Dead Space. If I had to compare them to another band – as much as I would hate to- Soundgarden, Clutch and Anthrax would be a few comparisons that would fail to show how intense this album is. “Way beyond the event horizon…” and  “I don’t wanna hear another fuckin’ word from your mouth”, are just some of the most powerful lyrics from this super awesome band!

    One day, wasn’t enough, I had to go back and listen to them again. This is definitely one of my favorite new bands. I sure have to check theses guys out some place soon! According to their Bandcamp.com page, Ichabod formed in 1998 in Lowell, MA. Their current line-up includes Dave Iverson on guitar, Phil MacKay on drums, Greg Dellaria on bass, John Fadden on vocals, and Jay Adam on guitar. I see these guys are playing in Washington State on January 26 and March 2, both times at Carr’s Place in Spokane! Sweet, all the power to them! This sure is an awesome band, and I hope you get a chance to check them out! Let’s here it for Ichabod!

    Give it up for Ichabod, one of the latest acts to be added to the MassBands.org list of super, awesome, really cool music!

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