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YMN Review: Daniel and The Bear Skull

Daniel and The Bear Skull, hailing from Grande Prairie, Alberta, plays their own brand of folk rock music. At first listen, the four piece group left me with mixed feelings. However, after spending some time listening to them, they definitely grow on you. Overall they have quite a delightful balance to their sound. Perhaps the groups strongest asset is that of their lead vocalist, Jared Dahl. His voice suits the brand of music quite well. Combine that with the bands backing vocals, and everything ties together quite nic995136_451911334906112_781054718_nely.

In April of 2013, Daniel and The Bear Skull released their first single, “The Road”. This track is a good measure as to what this band is capable of. Considering that the band formed just a few months prior, it’s rather remarkable how much chemistry this group has. Even though the song itself really lacks that “pop” to make it truly stand out. It remains as  a great first step for this young band.

You can tell that, as a band, they are quite a talented group that has tremendous potential, which is evident with their six song album, “Urban Tumbleweeds”, released in October of 2013. With six months in between releases, Daniel and The Bear Skull has grown to become a more well rounded band as a whole. The bands instrumentals have been polished and now seem more smooth and clean. Couple that with the way they use their vocal strength, and your left with a pleasantly surprising album. Personal favourites include “I’ll Leave This Place Behind” and “What Doesn’t Bleed”. Perhaps the greatest track on the album would be “Letter You Wrote”. While listening to the album in its entirety, this song truly stands out and really highlights the bands growth.

All in all, Daniel and The Bear Skull has built a solid foundation on which to grow from. I look forward to the bands next release.

Daniel and The Bear Skull: https://www.facebook.com/DanielAndTheBearSkull
Bandcamp: http://danielandthebearskull.bandcamp.com/album/urban-tumbleweed

YMN Review: Stereo Off

Stereo Off is an indie rock band with hints of electro, hailing from New York City. It’s the presence of the electronic twist that really sets these guys apart from the pack. It’s easy to overdo the electronic aspects but Stereo Off gets it just right. The result is a very versatile sound that is both easy to groove to and at the same time, rather mellow.

Formed in 2012, Stereo Off started as a one man show and evolved into the five piece band it is today. Being from New York, the band had no lack of places to play at and they have already played at many of the City’s top venues. Earlier this month, Stereo Off released a self titled, five song EP. The first song “Photographs” is a strong track in itself and really, is just a preview of what’s to come. As you listen to the record, it just seems to get better and better, with each song outdoing the last. Perhaps, my favourite song on the album would be “The Thrill”, a killer song that hooks you immediately and demands that you listen the whole way through. There really isn’t much that I don’t care for in regards to the album and I’m sure the band will just continue to move upwards from here.

In addition, they also have several other songs available on their website, which are also incredibly great and are worth looking into. I look forward to hearing what comes next from this exciting new band.

Be sure to check out their website: http://www.stereooff.com

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