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Tea Leaf Green frontman similiar to Paul Simon

Mike Thomas

Tea Leaf Green”Taught to be Proud”Greenhouse/SonyTea Leaf Green has good reason to be proud, as this major label landing is nearly perfect. Taught to be Proud is filled with soulful, dynamic songwriting and resonant choruses. Keyboardist and the band’s sole composer Trevor Garrod evokes comparisons to Paul Simon at times and Jay Ferrar at others with his tremendous vocal range. Evocative, emotional and uplifting, Garrod meets the music he write with vocals that stand out and don’t hide in the background or stick out like a sore thumb, an all too common trap for jam bands to fall into.A bit twangy, quite soulful and wholly dynamic, Taught to be Proud explodes on “Rapture” and “Morning Sun” while “The Garden (Part 3)” leads off the album with an easygoing sing-along, showcasing the band’s ability to pull off something of the poppier sort with ease. Tea Leaf Green not only stands out as one of the best bands in the Bay Area, but shine brighter than any band in its genre. Korn”See You on the Other Side”VirginIt’s entirely possible after over a decade of milking a once-unique sound, Korn may have just run out of gas. See You on the Other Side sounds like one obnoxiously overproduced electronic fart, and not the silent but deadly type. It’s too bad a band that achieved rather widespread critical acclaim with 1998’s Follow the Leader and broke a new brand of heavy music into the mainstream four years prior with one song – “Blind” – will suffer a fate as awful as this album would suggest. Guitarist and arguably the most popular member of the band, Fieldy’s departure for religion may have something to do with this miserable product, but front man Jonathan Landis’ vocals are abrasive and downright whiny. This sounds more like a band starting out on the wrong foot than what this really is – one of the most washed up band in the business with nowhere else to go. The Holy Mountain”Entrails”No IdeaThe Holy Mountain’s Entrails doesn’t even wait for a second to explode with over-the-top riffs, utterly frenetic tempos and blazing rhythms. As visceral as any music that has come out this decade, the atomic bomb Entrails is possesses the kind of hardcore sensibilities and untamed energy that remind you just how good 4×4 beats can actually be. Letting it all go and bringing outright thrash coupled with furious, mostly indiscernible vocals, the Holy Mountain don’t know what downtime is. To say this album sounds live would be an understatement; it lives and breathes as you play it.Even the instrumental parts avoid sounding recycled like many hardcore intros and outros often can. Maybe it’s because everything happens so fast on Entrails that there is no time to compare it to anything else. Remember that really bad film, The Fast and the Furious and it’s even more pathetic sequel? Well, this is music’s Too Fast, Too Furious.Vail, Colorado


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