At a time when Rock music has already seen incredible revolution, it is invigorating when a band can deliver a characteristic sound that defies the trends. By merging a unique rendition of Rock's raw energy with emotional toil, a new band has broken through with a sound that hits emotions on all planes. Toronto's Blue Sky Down combines sophisticated arrangements with heartfelt lyrics. This is a band with a long history of experimenting with pop. A discriminating ear and a passion for new sounds have worked well for this talented foursome. While their debut album, Radio Songs, appeals to any die hard rock fan, relatable lyrics will ensnare poets and pop fans alike. 'There's no sugar coating anything here,' confesses Derek Lucier (vocals, guitars). 'The best music comes from being honest and we don't want to pretend to be something we're not. The things that have really happened to you are the things that the audience can relate to best because they've happened to them too.' Derek's honest lyrics are complemented with pounding intricate drums, heavy guitar parts with character, raw moving bass lines, and catchy melodies. All elements are fluidly arranged to create a powerful whole. Some tracks simply blend into each other. In all, the album offers a resonating full-circle feel. I'm a complete perfectionist, laughs Scott Lucier (guitars), who engineered and mixed their just-released album, Radio Songs, I'm a bit fanatical sometimes, seeking that perfect sound. Scott's determination has served the band well. Radio Songs is shaping to become the group's greatest success so far. Such a cohesive energy results from a shared mindset amongst bandmates. Raw feeling drives every element, reaching a pulsating core. Fabio Salerno is a drummer who, while technically present, plays with feeling. He pounds out a beat that is soulful, spirited, and funky. Blue Sky Down's newest member, Chad Phillips (bass), adds an experimental, playful energy to the group. Scott, Derek, and I have played in bands together before, so we knew each other very well, says Fabio. When we were looking for a bassist to complete the line up, Chad walked into the room and the chemistry was instantaneous. All our personalities clicked, which is the most important element a band can have. Yeah, we got right down to business, chimes in Chad. I'm really impressed with their work ethic. They're real professionals. True to Chad's word, Blue Sky Down has made a practice of perfectionism. They've done the homework, sweat over the details, and recorded a genuine, hard-hitting album. Only too often is it said that the glory days of rock music are over. With contenders like Blue Sky Down on the scene, the rebirth has begun.
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