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Larry Lootsteen

Love the light airy feel off the bat.  Vocals are great!  Love the voice!  That transition around the 1:40 mark really works.  Lyrics fit the music quite nicely.  The instrumental section around 3 minutes might be a bit long and could be a bit tighter.  Interesting way to end the song though.  A bit unexpected but works.  You keep waiting for the standard flourish at the end and don't get it.  That's a good thing!  Different is good.  Great job overall!

Alan Cross

Ah. I was wondering when I'd hear from you. I loved the Powell stuff--the fact that you guys weren't signed is a crime--and I was looking forward to the solo material.

My comments are exactly the same as with Powell: This is mature, well-produced, radio-ready stuff. It needs to be shopped to major labels. If you send me an MP3 (alan@alancross.ca) with a quick bio/description, I'll feature this on my radio show next week, no questions asked.

Meanwhile, PLEASE don't give up. After wading through all the shit that gets sent to me every week, it's a pleasure to find a genuine diamond.

Oh, and I'll share this on my social networks. That'll be good for about 100,000 people.

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Status Quo by Spooky Diamonds

Larry Lootsteen

Nice, interesting open. Love the switching sounds.  Beautiful ambience in the music.  The vocal waves in and out but that works for the most part.  All these transitions really work for me.  This is really good.  I found one bit after 2:30 a bit plodding but it wasn't a drawback.  Great switch to the harder sound, driving the whole thing home.  Different but in a great way.  Impressive!

Alan Cross

Goddammit. Another great song from you Powell people. 

I'll tell you the same thing I told Casey: This is radio-ready, mature, ready-for-prime-time stuff. There is NO way that you guys shouldn't be signed to a major, either together or separately.  You NEED to shop this.

Other than that, there's nothing I can say. If you send me an MP3, I'll also find a spot for this on my radio show. The address is alan@alancross.ca 

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Jared Losow

Round three! You guys already know how I feel about lyric videos so I'll skip that part.

Real down home KENTUCKY feel with that opening guitar pluck'n! The vocal/overall production is hazy enough to sound pretty modern/hip. Almost has a Borns kinda feel - clean vocals sound a bit Oasis/Coldplay-ish but can use some work. You've got a good voice but it's a bit pitchy at points. Vocal lessons? 

Try not to fall into too much of a formula when it comes to songwriting. Every song I've heard thus far has that big instrumental/solo section. Don't be Dream Theater or some other wanky prog band. You're good songwriters - let the songs speak for themselves. This one ends a little weird too. Could use another repeat of the chorus or a bigger and more epic finale. 

You guys sound like you've got a promising future ahead of you. I'm excited to see where you go from here. Thanks again for sharing your music with me.

Indie Band Guru

Another good track with a totally different vibe.  The powerful distorted guitar at the 3:30 mark is a nice surprise to bring the listener's attention right back.  I enjoyed the other video more but this will do for a lyric video.  

Alan Cross

I got nothing more to say. I'm sold. Let me pass these videos around to some people I know.

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Jared Losow

Hey - it's you guys again. I'll say off the bat, I really dislike lyric videos. I don't think anyone cares about them anymore. That said - this one is really well-produced.

Now...the song. I dig the music but I'm not really feeling the semi-rapping vocal approach. The "whoa-oh-ohh's" sound really good and the leads are great fun. There's potential for great commercial appeal here, though you clearly don't stick with that approach with the guitar solo and instrumental sections (which are a tad sloppy). I think you guys are capable of writing something that could be on rock radio.

Check out In De Goot Entertainment for management. They manage Black Stone Cherry and Highly Suspect among others - which could be a great pairing. They're also experts at rock radio.

Thanks again!

Indie Band Guru

Nice catchy song with some balls.  It seems to have a lot of influence from the 90's alt-rock scene but brings in some new modern elements to keep it fresh.  The video is very entertaining to the eyes as the viewer lets the music wash over them.  Looking forward to hearing more.

Alan Cross

This is good stuff, so I have a question: Why haven't I heard about you guys before? What are you doing to promote yourselves? Do you have a record deal of any kind? Do you have a radio plugger? Are you sending out demos? 

This track is a no-brainer for alt-rock radio on a mass basis. YOU NEED TO GET THE WORD OUT! Spend the money on someone who can take you guys to the next level. This is too good for people not to hear it.

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Jared Losow

It started all Fratellis and ZZ Top and then turned Fu Manchu real quick! The screams caught me off guard in a good way. I love the half-time feel of the chorus and the production feels raw and gritty. There is some 90's alt rock in there somewhere but it doesn't feel like a nod to 90's alt rock if that makes sense.

The video itself was like Office Space meets Red Fang. Fun stuff!

The sound is pretty accessible so I could see a wide variety of outlets and labels being interested in it. One of my first thoughts is that this probably translates really well live if you can pull off that big, thick guitar tone on stage. I think a booking agent could be a big priority for you guys...those big slow riffs should convert people in the clubs. So get out there on the road ASAP!

I enjoyed this a lot! Thank you for sharing.

Alan Cross

Nice work! Not that long ago, a production like this would have cost tens of thousands of dollars. I do feel a bit bad for the organ, though.

I hear Black Keys, Jack White, Foo Fighters and even some Janes Addiction. This is right in my wheelhouse, so I've got all kinds of time for this stuff. I just bought the track on iTunes so I can use it on my radio show on 102.1 the Edge. I'll make you guys the Undiscovered Gem of the Week next Wednesday.  I can also use it in a few other places on my website.  

Keep me posted on what you guys get up to, okay?

Kevin Hugger

Have to say that initially I thought there were was quite a divide between what I saw in this video and the music that came in tow. Was expecting something a little more frantic, edgier and at least a tad more experimental. Or that’s what I thought until things got a lot throatier by the second minute, this is more like it I thought to myself as a cornucopia of sensory delights filled my ears and eyes with the sound of a band not conceived of these times. They are an angry mob but the seething is held in check and broadcast through the daggers in their instruments.  By the finish I was smitten, a real band and one that is unconcerned with modern correctness. Admirable. 

Bob Lugowe

Cool song with a great, well-directed video that reminded me of classic 90's videos. A lot of fun to watch. Music reminded me of ZZ Top / Black Keys meets Janes Addiction with a touch of alt metal. I would suggest changing the title of your music video on YouTube so it says Powell - "Clock" (Official Music Video) or something so that the band name is first and the song name second, otherwise it could be a bit unclear to some people. You should also mention in your fluence description if you've got a new album out now or coming in the future along with including a short bio. Besides that I would suggest putting your music on Bandcamp (essential!) and playing out with as many similar and larger artists that you can. You obviously have your aesthetic down and the right connections to create superb content like this so keep at it. 

Andrea Young

You  had us at the start, dragging the keyboards into the field, the high energy, and the good time southern rock and roll sound!  But the track turned a bit too heavy for us around 1:12 in, with the transition into hard core rock vocals.  That style is not quite a fit for the audience and fans of our shows and playlists (and a bit too hard core for us as well to go on our constant repeat playlist).  But production, arrangement, composition, performance are all right on.  The video is awesome!  Thanks for your submission, good luck with your music!