MAN OF SCIENCE
My Broken Hero
My Broken Hero is one of those bands that as a reviewer I immediately respect in the sense they aren't trying to carry themselves over as having a nouveau genre sound. This is a rock band, plain, simple, and too the point, and that is a good thing.Sure the band has a current rock undertone to their music, but hey, why wouldn't they, they are a band pounding out the tunes in the here and now. They are attacking rock the way it's supposed to be. They write about things that matter to them. They are lyrics for the day, and that makes them compelling. Often the lyrics have a spiritualistic feel, where you know the band is trying to send a positive message too, which is great the way they wrap it in the power of solid rock.Lead singer Dustin Dame does a good job of carrying off the music too. He has enough power to keep the vocals above the instrumentation, but the instruments still come at you hard and loud too.Nik Vance and Tim Keizer throw guitar at the listener, Cody Dame adds bass and Davey Russell is the drummer. As a unit they punch out a solid sound.As for the 10 songs here, it's not easy picking one or two from the mix, since as a package they run very constant from start to finish.A Fistful of Lightning (Man of Faith) and Man of Science are two worth mentioning as the songs from which the CD draws its name. A listen will tell you why.Overall, this Vancouver-based band, which performed in Yorkton at the Royal Canadian Legion Hall recently, can flat out play. Well worth grabbing if you like rock without a lot of fancy pretenses.You can check the band out at www.myspace.com. Make sure that you do.
-- CALVIN DANIELS
-- Review first appeared in Yorkton This Week newspaper Oct. 8, 2008 - Yorkton, SK. Canada