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September 2012 - Music Connection

NEW MUSIC CRITIQUES

Hellbranch Run

King 810

Production

8

Lyrics

7

Music

7

Vocals

9

Musicianship 8

Contact: hellbranchmusic@yahoo.com

Web: hellbranchrun.wix.com/hbr

Seeking: Label, Mgmt, Licensing, Booking

Style: Modern Rock/Mainstream

Username: HBR

hio foursome deliver an explosive

Omainstream meat n' taters arena

rock with a hint of southern rock

swagger that on "Never Again" reminds

us a bit of Velvet Revolver. The song's

got all the hallmarks of this genre,

complete with strong vocals, sweet

pinch harmonics and a nice, nimble

guitar solo that rides with the galloping

pace. "Good Day..." and the power

ballad "Us Against Reality" show

similar chops and polish. All in all, a

band that's strong on presentation but

handicapped by material that's not as

kick-ass memorable as it needs to be.

Production

8

Lyrics

8

Music

7

Vocals

8

Musicianship 8

Contact: king810management@gmail.com

Web: soundcloud.com/king810

Seeking: Label, Film/TV, Distr., Licensing

Style: Heavy Metal

Username: king810management@

gmail.com

rom the bowels of notorious Flint,

FMI, King 810's able frontman Dave

Gunn sets a commanding tone with his

gravel-chute delivery—full of menace

and mental anguish, the message is

straightforward and clear. The band

produces a heavier-than-plutonium

riffage that is low-down and drop C all

the way. While "K.I.A.," "Murder Murder

Murder" and "The Death Posture" tred

no ground that hasn't been befouled by

Slipknot, Mudvayne and others, K810

are clearly mainstream doomrockers

with an arena-sized vision, well beyond

the elbow-to-eye-socket club scene.

Mina

Dirk Hamilton

Contact: LaFamos PR, tiffany@lafamos.com

Web: music.lafamos.com/mina

Seeking: Label, Booking, Film/TV

Style: Dance/Pop

Username: mina(minakoo)

Contact: info@dirkhamilton.com

Web: dirkhamilton.com

Seeking: NA

Style: Singer-Songwriter

Username: pending

JOHN NAGLE

Production

8

Lyrics

7

Music

8

Vocals

8

Musicianship 7

.A. via Korea artist Mina (Mina Koo)

L has a knack for confectionary pop

electronica, digi-tunes whose femalefriendly

lyrics are perhaps forgettable,

but whose vibe is buoyant and bright.

"Suddenly" has a heavy dance-throb,

deftly arranged vocal effects and

plenty of solid songcraft. "More Than

A Crush" has a smooth cheerleader

vibe to it, with a very crafty bridge.

While Mina's slight accent is felt at

times, it's not overly so, and her vocal

tone is right for her genre. Not a lot

of originality or sticking power to this

stuff, but it's well done.

Production

7

Lyrics

8

Music

7

Vocals

7

Musicianship 7

amilton's raspy presence heralds

Ha well-seasoned and -traveled

troubadour whose recent tracks are

mostly voice, acoustic guitar and

harmonica recorded with simple

"open-mic night" authenticity. While

the folk-bluesy "Delete Deletions" and

the sardonic "Follow Your Bliss" are

serviceable singer-songwriter faire,

Hamilton's co-written geezer lament,

"Where Have All the Rebels Gone?"

is his best outing in every way. Vibrant

guitar picking, probing lyrics and an

overall spirit and vitality to the song's

music caught our ear.

Glitter Rose

William S.

CANDICE PAYNE

Production

8

Lyrics

7

Music

7

Vocals

7

Musicianship 7

Contact: management@glitterrose.com,

Mary Louis, 817-798-4322

Web: glitterrose.com

Seeking: Label, Booking, Film/TV, Distr.

Style: Southern Rock

Username: glitterrose

inger-guitarist Glitter Rose show-

her shot 'n' a beer roadhouse

Scases

rock on "Desert Blues," "Superstar Pop

Twin" and the bluesy ballad "Sad Day

For Love." Each is a by-the-numbers

song that, to really work, requires a

kick-ass performance. Unfortunately

Rose's voice and guitar are rather soft,

lacking the acid grit that's needed.

However, on the solo acoustic live

cut, "Buda Negra," she digs deeper,

demonstrating a convincing gutsiness

missing in the sterile studio takes. We

advise Rose to get a producer who can

really draw performances out of her.

Production

6

Lyrics

8

Music

8

Vocals

7

Musicianship 7

Contact: firstclassmusicLA@gmail.com

Web: facebook.com/firstclassmusicgroupLA

Seeking: Label, Booking, Film/TV

Style: Hip-Hop/Pop

Username: FCMG

illiam S. knows how to blueprint

Wa song. His "I Wanna Be Major"

contrasts a memorable R&B/pop hook

that voices a young artist's naiive vision

of success with hip-hop verses that

depict the harsh reality of mainstream

rejection. It's disappointing that the

production quality of this recording is

muffled and below par, as is also the

case on "Nobody Like Him." Again,

the ideas are there, including sociopolitical

lyrics, bluesy guitar and a

catchy girl-group sample, but the

sketchy production could be vastly improved

by a savvy knob-twister.

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