DEATH OF LOVE
Anthem Poetic is a band out of Moose Jaw, and Death Of Love in their first album.
Now first albums can be surprising, or they can be suspect, as regular readers will know.
I am happy to slot Death Of Love into the category of surprising.
In fact, Down, the CD's lead cut is quite a powerful, modern rock cut, and Anthem Poetic does a good job of keeping up the pace with songs such as Turn It Up, the CD's second number. A great opening for a new band.
Tony Creech is the front man for Anthem Poetic, a fine poet as a songwriter, albeit with something of a dark soul. He also provides vocals, and does that well too. Not a completely unique voice that will stand out, but strong enough to be enjoyable, and to carry the material in a way that makes it work.
The rest of the band is Luke Fleming on drums, Brian Capstick on bass and Eric LaFrance on lead guitar.
Given Creech's approach to music, both as a writer, and musically, this band could find an audience, if they can hold things together. The band's spot on myspace.com shows them sort of thrown to the wind at present with one in California, another in Edmonton, and a third in B.C., and only Capstick still in Moose Jaw. It will be too bad if Anthem Poetic does not stay together, because it would be interesting to see how they mature as a band.
Their first effort is certainly worth seeking out.
-- CALVIN DANIELS
-- Review first appeared in Yorkton This Week newspaper Feb. 20, 2008 - Yorkton, SK. Canada