Fazz sings the praises of a quality local act
Publisher: Independent Release
Sat, 10 June 2006
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Here at buttonhole we like to give our content a distinct Australian flavor, and what better way to do so than to cover local material?
A Sound Mind are a band from the South-Eastern suburbs of Buttonhole's home town, Melbourne, Australia. Melbourne without a doubt has the biggest and best music scene in the country, so it's to be expected that some great artists come from here.
A Sound Mind contacted me about 2 months ago. So I went and had a listen to some of their material. I liked what I'd heard, and a few weeks later a brand spanking new copy of their EP "So Thankful" turned up in my PO Box. I rushed home and put it onů
To say that I was blown away with a sonic intensity and depth rarely heard in a release from an unsigned act is an understatement. The CD then made its way to my car, where amps and subs make for an entirely different listening experience. A whole new world of thunderous sound opened up to me. This CD has been on heavy rotation ever since.
A Sound Mind consist of Anthony on vocals and keys, Kiran on Drums, Glenn on guitars and Andrew on bass. These 4 talented young musicians have really taken to heart the old musos adage that you should "Perfect your Art". Their songwriting is impeccable, their sounds are incredible and the lyrical content is deep and uplifting.
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This EP opens with the title track, "So Thankful". This song is a wonderful introduction to this release. Staring with a clean guitar and keys, this soulful rock-ballad moves seamlessly through several musical progressions. Filled with huge guitars, thundering bass and amazing vocal work, this song would have to be my favorite off the EP.
Up next we have "Repairable". This song takes on a whole different sound to the preceding track. More laid back would be a good way to describe how this track starts. Lulling you into a false sense of security the chorus develops into more blistering guitars and cymbals, feedback and generally has a very orchestral feeling to it. This is truly a wonderful song.
At song number 3 we get "Ash to Flame". This is another of my personal favorites. Pianos and smooth clean guitars open this one. Brilliantly written and arranged, this track really stands out in the way that it's cruisy from start to finish, but lacks none of the aural depth that the heavier songs have.
Last but not least is "What's out there for Me?" I can definitely see this one being a crowd favorite at a live show. It's purely classic guitar driven rock. With almost flawless efficiency this song moves seamlessly between verses and chorus. The flowing feel changes easily into a more choppy pre-chorus and bridge. The vocals are absolutely stunning and work beautifully with the guitars and keyboards.
This EP from this very talented up and coming local band would easily have to be one of the best releases I've heard all year. The band members are friendly and have a real passion for their art. This shows in so many ways while listening to "So Thankful".
What I'd love to see is a pile more gigs on these guys website, so maybe I can drag myself away from work one night and check them out.
You can check out A Sound Mind at their website www.asoundmind.com.au and also at www.myspace.com/asoundmind. They have their CD available for sale, and you can preview tracks from this most excellent release.
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I'm really looking forward to what these guys can do in the future.