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My Other Band Volume 1
Artist: Various
Label:  Mono vs. Stereo
Length:  15 Tracks/53.03 Minutes

My Other Band is a flat-out blast…featuring a diverse collection of rockers (and even some pop chestnuts!) from some familiar faces (and voices & guitars) from groups like Supertones, Demon Hunter, Relient K, Audio Adrenaline, and Bleach.  My Other Band kicks off with two great classic-style punk rockers from My Red Hot Nightmare, a band made up of Ethan Luck (Supertones, Demon Hunter) and Dan Spencer (Supertones).  Next up is Matthew Thiessen and the Earthquakes with 3 shiny pop nuggets of joy highlighted by a most-excellent Beach Boys cover (“The Warmth of the Sun”).  A few years back Thiessen told me in an interview one of his great ambitions was to record a Beach Boys-esque album of pop perfection, but he felt he was “not good enough” to attempt such a feat.  These songs suggest the leader of Relient K is pretty close to being able to pull that off!  Tyler Burkum of Audio A then offers up some yummy country-tinged rockers full of 12 string guitars and reverb-laden atmosphere.  Relient K drummer Dave Douglas plays every instrument und er the name Agnes and presents some enjoyable pop-punkers that are not too far from the Relient K formula…”Gravity” is hot rocking!  Rounding out My Other Band is Royal Empire Music (cool name!) featuring Davy Baysinger & Jared Byers of Bleach with songs again not straying far from the sound of their “Other Band,” but solid tunes nonetheless.  My Other Band Volume 1 is a great idea and an enjoyable and collection that fans on the included “Other Bands” and fans of good music in general will enjoy.  Check it out.

Barry Nothstine hosts Soul Frequency Radio @ - a weekly freeform FM radio show showcasing progressive rock, instrumental rock, power-pop, psychedelic rock, rock classics, blues, and more—great rock for the ages!



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