Smallman Records is one of those little labels which seems to have a knack for finding bands which flat out know how to play, and Passenger Action is certainly one of those bands.
The band starts the CD with a stellar rendition of the song Tonight We Resonate, a powerful tune that screams 'we know how to play rock'.
From there it's a dozen sweet modern rock cuts.
The music here has a complexity too it, which creates a definite energy in the fast-paced styling.
There is some subtle moments, like the softer opening of To Credit The Archives, but when Passenger Action hits its stride, they speed up things to show off their skill around the guitar.
In terms of lyrics, these guys can write too. Isolate From The Cause, Absent Minds and Beneath The Rust all warrant attention on an overall solid effort.
That this band is hitting the road running with their first full-length CD should come as no surprise since Shawn Moncreiff and Clay Shea recently wrapped up a 13-year run in Choke, so the heart of Passenger Action has experience. Moncreiff is the lead vocalist, and he has a voice perfect for the genre, that pushes elements of punk, techno and classic rock into a winning combination.
Ryan Podlubny and Allan Harding round out this Alberta-based unit.
This is a band which impresses from start to finish. They are a unit which really should draw some major attention. They certainly offer one of the best rock disks to cross my desk in the last six months, and I look forward to seeing where they go from here.
In the meantime this is a CD you really should mark as a must have. Truly excellent stuff.
Check them out at www.myspace.com/passengeractionrock
-- CALVIN DANIELS
-- Review first appeared in Yorkton This Week newspaper May 27, 2009 - Yorkton, SK. Canada