Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Review -- JAY AND THE LOVEBIRDS -- To The Living

TO THE LIVING
Jay and the Lovebirds
Independent
6.5-out-of-10
Jay and the Lovebirds are another Canadian band which you can check out at www.myspace.com, the premier place on the Internet to check out Indie bands.In the case of Jay and the Lovebirds, you will find a rock band that has a somewhat poppish sounds. I mean When Sunflowers Aren't Around is just a bit too bouncy for me. It might hit the zone for some, but for me this band could use a little more edge to give their sound a truer rock feel, although admittedly that is my own bias showing through (such is the life of a reviewer *smile).The lyrics here are also geared to be uplifting, in some case rather in your face uplifting, like the cut Gabriel, which will work for some, but takes Jay and the Lovebirds a bit farther from the mainstream too, so be forewarned if you check out To The Living. The is a band that has a message, and they don't hide the fact, coming at their message straight ahead.That said Doug Parker the lead vocalist does a great job of putting the music forward. He also adds guitar too.Jay Christman, guitar, and Justin Hamilton, bass, and drummer Louis Mate round out this Alberta band.As for a best cut, I'm Here works well for me, as does So Done.Local music fans may remember the band since they performed in Yorkton at the Royal Canadian Legion. If you missed the show, you can check out the band on line.
-- CALVIN DANIELS

-- Review first appeared in Yorkton This Week newspaper Oct 8, 2008 - Yorkton, SK. Canada

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