Monday, August 20, 2012
Saturday, August 4, 2012
Jimmy at the Prom
45RPM on Red Vinyl available at http://www.jimmyattheprom.com
Download Album and Songs at http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/jimmy-the-prom/id456120133
Music Review by Joseph Timmons
I get several submissions per week to review, some good, some barely tolerable but all the reviews I have done have some merit and some qualities that somebody, somewhere will like. I may, in my honest and humble opinion, may have become jaded, thinking I have heard everything and know what any artist may be attempting to do in their musical endeavors, I don’t think I have become one of those jaded critics that feel a bands success rides on the direction of my mood, but hey, anything is possible.
I can happily announce that I have had my head trounced and my ego blown away, for the good of all music kind.
Jimmy at the Prom would appear to be the best of the new era music artists I have come across in most recent years. The band, from my research has been touted as being either Hard Rock or Punk, and even by the artwork on their website, one would first think of them as just another bunch of angry guys making their instruments write in torment on the stage. Their sound is clean and progressive; blending well arranged and composed sound with vocal harmonies and change-ups that keep you moving with the beat. Their vocalist has a rich vocal timber that is not stretched or forced, with great range and an almost hypnotic resonance. The group has a “well-rehearsed” sound, but not over played. I use the term progressive in the sense that Jimmy at the Prom has a sound that changes as you listen to it, making use of tempo changes and textural combinations that send a message that is compatible with the vocalist’s words.
Jimmy at the Prom has the production skills of Chuck Garric of Alice Cooper and have set themselves up for success by looking at the quality of production at primary, but not at the sake of the music’s originality and creativity. Jimmy at the Prom is, in my opinion – un-definable, I could not really place them in a category. I would say they are truly unique and would be appreciated by any music lover that has an open mind.
Jimmy at the Prom does have a bit of mystery about them as well, they are well known in their local music scene, have played with other great acts and have had many great reviews, but not many interviews or “quotes” that could be found. I had the pleasure of contacting their PR people Public Relation Divas to get their 45RPM Single titled Escape, with the B-Side Fist of Doom, which was just as great a sound (if not better) than I expected, don’t get me wrong, digital music is great, but the Vinyl is AWESOME, and I am going to contact them back to see if I can get an interview with a band that I believe will be a major force in the Progressive Music field.
Go to their site, get some tracks, get Schooled by Jimmy at the Prom, you will love it!
Friday, August 3, 2012
Players Everywhere Invited to Share Obsessions with Peart, Portnoy, Mayer and More
The SABIAN Obsessed Campaign is all about drummers and their Obsessions. In a series of interesting, revealing and fun print ads and videos, the cymbal brand’s most famous and iconic artists – among them Neil Peart, Mike Portnoy and Jojo Mayer – have shared their Obsessions, musical and non-musical both. And now drummers from around the world have also been invited to share their Obsessions through a brand new Facebook app developed by SABIAN – their first ever.
“Throughout this campaign, our endorsers have told us about a musical obsession, a life obsession and a SABIAN cymbal obsession. We’re now giving our customers a chance to do the same, and we’ll feature the best Obsessions prominently on our Facebook page,” is how SABIAN executive Katie Bursey describes the Obsessed app.
Although this is SABIAN’s first Facebook app, it’s certainly not the first time they have connected with their fans and musicians through social media and the power of their customer’s loyalty into an informative brand campaign. Probably the best known instance of this is Cymbal Vote, where for the second consecutive year SABIAN has allowed their customers to vote and decide their new product offering.
To share your Obsession story and learn more about your favorite musicians that have innovated the music scene and swear by SABIAN as a key element in their sounds and styles, visit https://apps.facebook.com/sabian-obsessed.
You can also visit http://www.sabian.com/en/ for more information, resources and great news about the entire SABIAN percussion instrument line.