New Day Revolutions first outing is a three song set called ‘The Signal.’ Right away there are a couple points taken off just because it is a three song outing, and not a proper album, or even half an album, but a meager three songs leaves a lot to be desired. This effort was produced by John Kay (of Bat On Fire, and Koffin Kats fame) at Stu Stu Studio in Livonia, Michigan, and for what the offering is, the band does not disappoint.
This is the band the formed from the ashes of the long running Detroit band Dirty Whiskey, with lead singer Dakota Starr (formerly Roxxy Starr), and guitarist Andrew Rodger (formerly Drew Stylez). This band has gone through a couple members in the three years since the band formed, and are currently looking for another drummer. But this band has prided itself on the live show, never really taking breaks, unless there is a band member change, which lends a lot to their strong Detroit work ethic.
The first track on this record is ‘Cant Break Free’ is a great song to start off this set, this one is a very anthemic head banger that will get you moving, this is the ‘mosh pit’ metal song of the three. This song has a great structure, great music work all the way through, very abrasive and in your face rock.
The second song of the pack is ‘Nine Lives Gone’ which is the oldest track from the band, but like the albums first track, this is another fast paced hard rocker. This song teaches everyone out there how to count to the number four (seriously, we learn to count on this song). This track sounds like it is possibly the most angst ridden song out of the three with Dakota Starrs unique vocals sounding brash and full of fire and rage.
The third, and last song of this set is ‘No Goodbyes.’ This is a song written about a friend who passed too soon. With a song written about something so personal, you would think you were going to get a ballad, if you figured as much, you figured wrong. Although this seems to be as close to a ballad or an emotional song as you are going to get, this song is indeed a rocker. It flirts a little with wanting to become a ballad, but it never really hits that dynamic fully.
With that said, all three songs are very strong, very well structured pieces, all the parts are there for the beginnings of a great record. But where this album loses a couple points is the fact that there are only three tracks on this record, which leaves the listener with nothing, just as momentum is picking up. This collection needed two to three more songs to make this a cohesive record. But again, the three songs we did get are very strong songs, and all single worthy.
Another complaint, albeit a very small one, is that I would have hoped there would be a little more dynamic range with the songs. But with a three song set, that doesn’t leave too much room for dynamic range throughout the entire collection.
All in all, taking it for what it is, there are no complaints on this side as far as the material presented. If there would have been 2-3 more songs on this record, it would have been a four pointer for sure. If there would have been a little more variety in the different songs, you could have easily seen this record as a four pointer, or even a four point five.
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Rikki Roxx is one of the cohosts of The Effect. In addition to hosting the weekly radio show, he is a seasoned veteran in the Detroit music scene. In addition to being over two dozen bands in his career, he is also a published columnist, having written a series of articles for Detroit Live Magazine.
He is most noted as being the bass player for Dirty Whiskey, and being a host of The Rikki Roxx Effect, which had listeners from every state in the USA. In 2015 he will help launch the brand new show The Effect Show on a brand new network based out of suburban Detroit.
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