Album Reviews

Gentlemen Hall: When We All Disappear (Album Review)

Released September 8, 2011

Gentlemen Hall's six track EP "When We All Disappear," is filled with enough music to complete a double album in your mind. Each song is different and complex in its arrangements, harmonies and themes. When I first heard this band, I immediately thought of TV on the Radio, because of the depth of the vocals, the creativity that keeps pop on edge and ethereal connotations of the lyrics.

With influences from the Flaming Lips and David Bowie, this band gives esoteric music fans something to ponder, yet casual listeners will pick up the energy of these tracks and run with them regardless of what the rock snobs say. Gentleman Hall bring their talents directly to the creative music process and we look forward to hearing more from them soon !

 

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Track By Track:

1. Gravity Will Break Our Bones:

This opens with synth and deep lyrics, but escalates quickly to include flute, harmonies and a rushing melody that stays with you. The bridge is an inspiring anthem of love returned to eternal strength via trust in time and space. "it's between you and I - it's a moment away, you're beyond the horizon."  It is all knowing and encompasses connections on many levels. Yet, the song is catchy, simple in its ability to bring the listener in and the free dance tempo just works.

2. All Our Love.

Guitar work begins this smoother pop groove that is a throw back to 80's radio, which is not a bad thing. Gentlemen Hall seems to already be a staple of solid listenable contemporary music. It is a flash of what could be if up and coming artists let their creativity flow into what they imagine. All Our Love becomes a chant, when you see it live, the audience sings it louder than the band.

3. Close To Me.

I don't know if they meant to do this, but there are parts of this track that are so smooth it is almost R & B. The synthesizers and shuffle of the drum-kit as well as the flute keeps it on the GH edge. This video won the 2011 Boston Music Award for Best Video.

4. Tame The Beast.

Duran Duran is still touring, but they need to make space for GH and the energetic tracks they've produced here.

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5. Take Me Under.

I love this track simply because they let the flute highlight. All the rest of it is blended in harmony together in the synths and vocals. The lyrics are reflective of being completely and most importantly, voluntarily submerged. Be it atmospheric dis-engagement, or under water activity, the song is put together to give the listener a feeling of floating weightlessness. Even the beginning distortions have an untethered feeling.

6. Blush.

When words won't work, we'll talk with our eyes. Blush. The non-verbal communication of emotions. This is not just a little crush, though, this is a larger connection that seems impossible to explain and perhaps shouldn't be explained at all.

Meet Gentlemen Hall:

Gavin Merlot – vocals/guitar
Cobi Mike – vocals/guitar
Brad Alderman – keys/synths
Ro Richard – bass
Seth Hachen – flute
Phil Boucher – drums

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Gentlemen Hall has the corner understanding of creating interesting soundscapes but interweaving meaningful themes into their songs to draw out the thoughts of the listeners. Getting to the other side is mapped out with the insight and technological craft, as well as great vocals in harmony. I've played this record for many a visitor and have yet to come across someone who doesn't like it and better yet, it naturally brings people in to move about, shake about and say, "Hey, this sounds familiar, but it's new ?" The music is crafted with an underlying rhythm so listeners can connect, but the contemporary nature commands attention. Support this up and coming band.

For my live show review from the Boston Music Awards, click here.

Read about their Billboard Battle of the Bands win here.

For more information on Gentlemen Hall, visit their website !

Many thanks to Micah Gummel for volumes of great concert photos. Visit his website, New Hampshire Photographers .

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Out On The Tiles

June & the Bee at The Iron Horse Music Hall, September 22, 2012

Meet June & the Bee: junebee1

Lead photo and this biography were submitted directly from the musicians. Please contact us for reprints.

June & the Bee are a brother sister group hailing from Amherst, MA.  Their first original musical arrangement was comprised of Eli on the beloved red kazoo and Emma June on the frying pans, respectively.  Since then Eli (the Bee) has taught himself guitar and Emma June has  taught herself the ukulele. June & the Bee credit their folk influence to their father, who would vivaciously sing his own renditions of "The Star Spangled Banner" and play the harmonica, when they were younger.  Emma June and Eli gained much of their musical inspiration from their upbringing in the arts based pedagogy of Waldorf education.


Emma June is 20 years old and enrolled at The University of  Massachusetts, Amherst as a sophomore, with a self-designed major in  Arts and Education. In her spare time she is avidly creating devised  immersive theatre.   Eli is 17 years old, and a senior at Amherst  Regional High School. In his free time he is a member of the Central  Rock Climbing Team.

Emma June and Eli started performing their music in 2011, in the cozy venue of their home kitchen. After many raucous dances by their mother and many encores from their dog Sofia, they were fortunate enough to land their first gig (out of the kitchen) on to the stage of The Iron Horse where they opened for Gentlemen Hall.  They are currently in the  process of mastering their first EP, June & the Bee.  They hope to continue to share their tunes with the world.

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