Exclusive Artist Review: 21 And 9 – “So…” EP

You just don’t hear bands like this anymore. Emerging from the musical landscapes of Ontario in Canada, Alt-Rockers 21 And 9 blasted onto the market two years ago with their dynamic Alt/Rock style accompanied with nostalgic 90s elements of Grunge and Indie – and began hitting the ground running pretty much immediately. And with two years of writing and recording under their belts, the quartet have officially released their highly anticipated debut EP “So…”.

Comprised of six versatile and multifaceted tracks, 21 And 9 truly make an unforgettable impression with this record and any fan of the 90s will absolutely adore it. Combining a sound that is reminiscent to 90s nostalgic heavyweights like Oasis, Gin Blossoms, Weezer and Live, 21 And 9 serves up an EP that has intelligently crafted vocal melodies, powerful harmonies, a driving rhythm section and tastefully blended duel guitar leads. Opening track “All Figured Out” brings this manifestation of their sound right to the forefront with a buildup intro that diligently merges into a climactic chorus and a slamming breakdown that cruises all the way to the end of the song. This song beautifully demonstrates how all opening tracks should present themselves – powerful, wholesome and well executed. Title track “So” continues to showcase the band’s distinctive style but shines a light on more crucial musical angles that makes 21 And 9 the versatile unit that they are. This straightforward Alt-Rock number is well put together and focuses more on the strong vocal melody factors, as well as effective vocal harmonies throughout the song’s duration. It’s the EP’s anchor single and easily stands out as one.

Another notable track on this record is the anthemic “In This Song”, a powerful song with rhythmic drum rudiments and ambient guitar work. The blends of clean and gain-driven guitars mesh perfectly and brilliantly parallel the vocals from beginning to end. This track will likely become a favorite for anyone that listens for the first time, but overall, it’s very hard to pick a favorite since all six tracks are absolute standouts. But nevertheless, “So…” is a far-above-average debut record for a band that has only been together for two years. 21 And 9 definitely will be going places, and this record will definitely entice you to keep tabs on their career and subsequent releases. “So…” is available now on Spotify, Apple Music, iTunes and several other digital music streaming platforms. You’ll be more than glad you gave it a listen. For this debut record, the band has partnered with apparel company Tenfed (www.tenfed.com) and will be donating ten meals for every record sold to those in need – so it helps a great cause too. All the more reason to grab a copy today!


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Exclusive Artist Review: Scarecrowz – “Skywalk” & “Nightwalker” Singles

Emerging from the prominent Canadian music scene in Ottawa, hard rockers Scarecrowz have been on an uphill career path since their formation two decades ago; utilizing a uniquely heavier signature sound with crucial elements of classic rock that is dynamically integrated with today’s more modern sensibility. The band serves up a cleverly versatile style that has reminiscence to industry Rock legends like Alice In Chains and Godsmack, but overall have developed a calibre of Rock that is solidified, original, but still possesses that nostalgic presence that every Rock fan yearns for from several unforgettable Rock eras – which has earned them widespread critical acclaim and awards including charting the #15 spot in Germany in 2005, a nomination for an independent music award for their anchor song “Reborn” in 2015 and their song “Angry” played on prominent radio station The Bear 106.9 FM.

Now in 2021, Scarecrowz have shown no sign of slowing down and in fact have truly innovated their overall sound, style and presence over the years in a way that has manifested into a unit that is even more multifaceted. And we hear direct evidence of that from their most highly anticipated 11-track juggernaut ‘Dusk From Another Dawn’. First anchor single on this record is “Skywalk”, a very anthemic and crafty tune with many powerful twists and turns as the track plays out. The solid guitar progressions have very effective sets of multi layers and transitional chord progressions, leaving the structure open for some very powerful vocal leads that encompass the major-key signature and traditional Rock rhythms. The chorus’s vocal melody choices are by far the essential standout on this track and really helps set the tone for what the rest of the album may have in store.

The second standout track on this record is “Nightwalker”, a more upbeat and charismatically rhythmic song that has a commanding presence most rhythm and rotund low end sections tend to have. This track, though fitting amongst today’s modern Rock realm, really indulges in the solidified 90s stylization that hits home with every nostalgic feeling that particular era once gave us. Scarecrowz during this song especially really showcases just how versatile their songwriting abilities are. “Nightwalker” is definitely a gem on this album and is diligently crafted among each team player/musician. No matter what heavier Rock era entices you, Scarecrowz will undoubtedly become part of your favorites for 2021 thus far – and will continue to be a band to keep close tabs on.

You can check out both singles as well as the rest of the ‘Dusk Of Another Dawn’ album on Spotify, Apple Music, iTunes and several other digital music streaming platforms.


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Exclusive Artist Review: Blonde Furniture – “When You Sleep” & “Start The Revolution” Singles

The veteran musicians of Connecticut-based Alt-Rockers Blonde Furniture have been insatiably active since 1983 and have put out a vast array of tunes that have drawn in fans from several Rock-infused eras. Flash forward to 2020 after an extensive career, the band recently put out their most recent record ‘Music For Early Century Modern’ which has amassed a new generation of listeners and critical acclaim. After listening to two of the album’s anchor singles, we can see (and hear) exactly why.

First single “When You Sleep” is a grungy and rockabilly-infused track with a cruising rhythm section and crafty, dirty guitars with a flavorful crunch. This catchy song is not only well written, but full of tastefully nostalgic measures that will start the mosh pit in no time. If the Dead Kennedys and REM got together for a jam session, it would definitely sound something like this. Second single “Start The Revolution” is amazingly anthemic and has knockout versatile vocals by singer/songwriter and founding member Bill Dumas, who shines brightly with all his musical glory on this track. This 5 minute song is rhythmically clever, undeniably melodic and truly has a calibre of originality that stands on its own completely. This track in particular is a game changer and will definitely entice you to listen to the rest of the record with undivided attention.

If this is your first time listening to Blonde Furniture, then these singles will win you over instantly. This band’s legacy is something to behold and this record is direct evidence of the unwavering talent they’ve brought to many ears since they formed decades ago. You can check out both singles below and the album is available on Spotify, iTunes, Apple Music and several other digital music streaming platforms.


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