...and that's a wrap folks...
Yay! Love release day. The new ES album is out. CD and digital orders can be made on our website, www.evansandstokes.com, or you can check it out at most streaming and digital providers. We're on Spotify, i-tunes, apple music, i-heart, anghami, napster, youtube, deezer, slacker, ackazoo.....
Just listened to the album. Very impressive in all respects. As I've said before, I wouldn't normally listen to this kind of music, but I did enjoy it. I would make a couple of suggestions for the next one which you should treat with all the respect due to someone who just said he is not your target audience LOL.
A little more variation between songs. My favorite tracks were the ones that strayed from the formula of quiet opening followed by a sudden injection of driving guitar riffs. Those guitar riffs are awesome though. And, of course, those voices in "Dead Eyed Dolls" make it stand out. That's a helluva song.
More instrumental variation. The piano on Garden of Eden was a breath of fresh air. I also liked the fact that Jen got a chance to sing over a quiet guitar on that one.
One or more lighter more melodic songs to break things up. Shakespeare's tragedies have comic scenes that place the more intense ones in stronger relief. "The Who By Numbers" had "Squeezebox" as the middle song on side 1 and "Blue, Red and Grey" in the middle of side 2. I don't think that placement was by chance. I'm not suggesting you put funny songs in there. What I mean is brighter musically to let the listener breathe before diving back into the more intense stuff.
Really enjoyed the listen. Everyone here should go and give it a spin.
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Thanks for taking the time to listen to our work, Gavin. That means a lot. I think you might be right that we should have more songs that just get into the meat of the tune without a soft intro. John and I really like those slowly building songs (it's the progressive influence you're seeing there and that's the market we are writing for), but I think some more variation could open doors for us. I'm in the middle of a radio campaign, sending songs to stations to request airplay and I am finding with some stations it's hard to make a song choice because many of our tunes take a while to get rockin'
With stations that already play us and know us, it's not an issue because the relationship has already been developed so they are more likely to give a song a chance to open up. With them, we just send the whole album and let them choose what they want from it, but for first contact, it can be a challenge to make the song choice count.