Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Review -- PORTAGE & MAIN -- Self-Titled

SELF-TITLED
Portage & Main
Indie
8-out-of-10

Portage & Main sounds like a band which might call Winnipeg, but they actually travel Canada out of British Columbia sharing their folkie-influenced brand of music.
On the disk the roots of this band's music is rather obvious. On a song such as The Morning After you can hear The Eagles at a time when the world thought them rock, but they were more folk on their softer songs than most admitted.
Neil Young is also quite apparent in the material.
John Sponarski and Harold Donnelly are the writers behind this folk-rockband, but Portage & Main also includes the talents of Georges Couling on keys, Ben Brown on drums, and Mike Agranovich on bass .
The band, which was recently in Yorkton at 5th Ave Cup & Saucer where they performed as a stripped down three-piece acoustic unit, have a laid back, relaxed style that is completely satisfying.
The 12-song CD has several notable cuts, including I'm Going Down Tonight, Nothing (Take What You Need) and I'd Never Climbed A Mountain.
This is a disk from a band not yet garnering headlines, but listen to this disk and you will believe they should be better known than they are.
Check it out at www.portageandmainband.com
CALVIN DANIELS
-- Review appeared in Yorkton This Week newspaper June 22, 2011 - Yorkton, SK. Canada

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