Thursday, July 3, 2014

Album Review: Arc & Stones- As You Were

Arc & Stones
As You Were
**and1/2 out of *****

The Nashville based four-piece Arc & Stones recently released As You Were, the sophomore EP from this hard rock band. The group seems to yearn for days gone by as the 6 tracks would all be at home on alt-rock radio.

“Control” begins things with catchy sing-a-long’s to get the crowd screaming before the first single “Walkin’ In” proclaims the group arena ready via big riffs and bombastic drums. The band pushes a new genre button with their mainstream-retro rock; most acts use the fuzzed up sound to harken back to the garage based 50’s and 60’s, Arc & Stones look more towards the big glam/alt acts of the 80’s and 90’s.      

An unique organ intro starts off “Sweet & Vicious” before things go in the heavy stomp direction, more of that organ and less of the flexing guitars would benefit the track. “Too Late” starts off swaggering but sticks around too long at four plus minutes without changing up enough to excite. 

The final song on the EP “Caught On Fire” tells the overriding tale of things as lead singer Dan Pellarin soars the line “How is every singer out of tune?” in a wail that takes charge. Pellarin plays the role of dominant vocal frontman not normally seen in today’s indie band’s; if some throwback hard rocking is desired, just look to the Arc & Stones. 
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