Sunday, October 7, 2007

Review -- The BLOOD LINES -- Self-titled

The BLOOD LINES
Self-titled
Independent
7.5-out-of-10

The Blood Lines are yet another band emerging out of the fertile music grounds of Saskatoon which is beginning to carve out a strong following.
This is a band that has taken some rather significant steps in conjunction with their self-titled debut CD.
The recording is up for the Best Rock Album Award at the Western Canada Music Awards which will be presented in Moose Jaw this month. They should have a legitimate shot at the award. Although they are in tough with bands such as The Harlots and Into Eternity vying for the same prize.
The Blood Lines were also off to China this summer to play at the Beijing Pop Festival alongside groups such as Public Enemy and Nine Inch Nails, so it's pretty head stuff for this young band.
The band includes Paul Ross on guitar, S.J. Kardash on bass, Maygen Kardash on keyboards and Barrett Ross on drums, with all four contributing vocally to the group.
This is a group that is pretty mellow in its approach to rock, sort of reminding of bands in the late 1960s, at least to my ear.
The CD starts off well with the cut Song Salvation, followed by On My Way Back Home, both songs which show The Blood Lines at their best.
The album doesn't always hold the same level throughout, but still throws some cool sounds at the listener. Off My Mind for example has a kind of retro-Beatles beat that is rather interesting. Not surprisingly the band lists the famous Brit foursome first on the lists of influence on their myspace.com page.
The band mixes an electronic-feel exemplified by the song Modern Science, with a varied vocal approach – four singers does that – to create a definite winner for a first CD effort. The female touches which Maygen adds to the mix are certainly a plus.
The best cut here might be Stay Home, musically upbeat, with an over lay of sadder lyrics.
This is a band well worth giving a listen. Check them out at http://www.thebloodlines.com/
-- CALVIN DANIELS

-- Review first appeared in Yorkton This Week newspaper Oct 3, 2007 - Yorkton, SK. Canada

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