Who can forget the greatest Rock n Roll party of all time? Fortunately I am old enough to remember some of it. Trust me when I say being in London in the early 60’s and late 70’s was the place to be as bands like The Beatles, The Who, The Rolling Stones and Led Zeppelin dominated the airwaves. So amazing was this generation and it’s contribution to pop culture it still has it’s stamp on music today. Bands like Muse, Kasabain, The Killers and even Kaiser Chiefs bring a psychedelic aftertaste to their blend of Rock. There is a new yet mysterious artist from London that is cut from the cloth as some of the aforementioned bands, but with a more modern feel. This artist goes by the name of Chadwick Station.
Chadwick Station is: Alvis Kensington (Guitar, Lead Vocals), Jenson “Curly” Maddox (Bass), Peter Tutt (Drums), Ian Lancaster (Keyboards), John Cotner (Lead Guitar).
“Waiting on a Sunny Day” (2013) is their latest EP release and it has much to commend it. Admittedly, there is a whole lot of variety to these arrangements and performances. First: the impressive band coupled with the impressive line-up of opening songs makes quite the first impression. Chadwick Station delivers rock solid playing and impressive songwriting skills to boot. This is testament to hundreds of hours of rehearsal time no doubt. Second: Vocally Kensington is the real deal and has all the typical attributes needed of an effective singer/songwriter/front man (visuals and vocals). Third: Chadwick Station’s combination of modern rock yet with a slight Psychedelic-Indie band aftertaste will remind you of music popular today. These lads have all the creativity, production expertise and songwriting prowess to be extremely dangerous. There is also a unique quality to this catalogue that breaks the mold from the mundane pop-rock that’s been filling the airwaves lately. This latest CD delivers an alternative-rock sound that will remind you of Muse, Kasabain, The Killers, and the Kaiser Chiefs. Not every square inch is filled with musical ambience delivered under duress — but musical space this allows the music to breathe on its own. My top tracks are “Sartin’ Tomorrow”, and “High and Low” . Equally as impressive is how marketable this EP truly is here in the states. I always said if you can play it a party, then it’s marketable. The music of Chadwick Station works its magic and is extremely marketable with a fresh sound that is simply very likeable very much like the band. All 5 tracks will genuinely lift your spirits unlike most music you hear on the radio these days.
Purchase Link: http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/chadwickstation
Final Word “Waiting for a Sunny Day” from Chadwick Station has everything. It’s an endearing album limited by nothing. I would imagine in time we will hear more from these guys later this summer when their full length CD comes out. Time will tell but I can honestly say this is one band that’s set up for success down the road with their UK appeal and fresh sound that gives modern music a well needed shot in the arm.
by Heather Savage edited by Cyrus Rhodes
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Official URL – http://chadwickstation.com/home.cfm
Overall Rating: 4.5/5