Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Review -- SICK CITY -- Nightlife

NIGHTLIFE
Sick City
Smallman Records
9-of-10
Yorkton music fans are in for a treat Dec. 20 when the band Sick City plays here (see related story this issue).For anyone who doubts that, they only need to give the Winnipeg-based band's debut CD Nightlife a spin. This is a recording that catches the listener from the first cut; Antoinette, and holds your attention throughout.It helps that front man Josh Youngson who has a strong, clear voice, and he knows how to carry a tune. He can punch it up when the songs calls for it, but also has the control to tone it down and let the lyrics call the listener in.As a unit Sick City is a pretty straight ahead rock unit, at times flirting with the edge of metal just a little, but owing far more of their sound to the punk/pop world. In the end they just come across as a band with energy, smooth vocals, and a sound that gets the listener involved in the music.As a full-length debut – Sick City did have an earlier EP -- Nightlife has a number of very solid, cutting edge radio type cuts, including the aforementioned Antoinette, Killing Ourselves to Feel, and the title cut, which might be the best of the bunch.This is a very solid disk. While not the same style, it reminds me of how Art of Dying, Bluestone and Cold Driven's CDs caught my attention when they have rolled across my desk this year. You can mark this one as one of the top-5 rock CDs I have reviewed in 2008. This is one to put in the Christmas stocking of anyone who likes rock. A band to watch.Check out this hot band at www.sickcitymusic.com
-- CALVIN DANIELS

-- Review first appeared in Yorkton This Week newspaper Dec. 17, 2008 - Yorkton, SK. Canada

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