Album Reviews

Frank Palangi

From Frank Palangi's Biography: frankpalangialbumcover

"A solo artist, bringing new music that is a creative sonic blend of rock, that remolds his sound and, thought-provoking lyrics, while offering great melodies and arrangements for the modern audience with a positive outlook."

Influences:

Frank Palangi's influences include Metallica, Megadeth, Godsmack, Def Leppard, Creed, Day of Fire, Three Days Grace, and Johnny Cash.

 

Recording History:

With veteran record producer, Rogers Masson, Frank co-produced, wrote and recorded his debut EP in 2011. The sessions were held in Nashville, TN at Soundstage Studios. Rogers secured, Grammy nominated rock band, Day of Fire, and former Full Devil Jacket singer, Josh Brown, to backup Frank in the studio. Rogers says, "This is the baddest rhythm section in the land, and along with the vocal guidance of singer Josh Brown, Frank’s songs are going to turn out amazing."  The record was mastered by Rogers Masson and multi-Grammy Award winner, Gavin Lurssen.

From record producer, Rob Coates and his team in Nashville, TN unveiling the title called "I Am Ready". "Frank has written this material which moves him toward that mainstream audience style and sound. Assisting on the track, former drummer of the rock band Pillar, Lester Estelle. "It's a kick ass rock track with feeling , raw ambition, and not a cookie cutter formula. Comparable to current mainstream rock, it's being recorded like the latest Foo Fighters album with that old school feel that gives it that warmth and like your right in the room, listening to the whole band." Frank executive produced the single as well, and it proves to be a statement in his career."

2012 EP

Track By Track:

I AM READY -  This track starts off with a simple intro and then the rush of Palagni's vocals highlight the passion of what's to come. The fast powerful riffs are in your face traditional hard classic rock. I love the running repetitive chords that stop on a dime. He takes on themes of challenging what you believe and leading the way to take a stand in the end. The song forces the question of drive that we all should ask ourselves. Palangi comes out and makes his statement that after the searachable growing up, he is ready to lead. The final jams are cut through the roof, with razor sharp edges, that end the track with excitement, but don't drown out the meaning and impact of the song. Great solos without being self indulgent. Lyrics are inspired, but challenging to the listener.

I'm Waiting - "Waiting and praying" for another "to realize what is there for you." Palangi holds the torch in the midst of others who are ambivalent about who they are or what they want.

Driving These Lines - A gritty rhythm and hushed vocals make this a catchy tune that should easily be aired on the radio. This had a punk edge to me and was a great mix of styles with an interesting production effect of Palangi's vocals in the background. My favorite pick on the EP by far, the unique styles blended within the same song made something new to encounter with every listen..

Love - A great metal artist can show emotional depth with an intense rock ballad. The video that accompanies this song is very sad and carries the mystery of what could have been. It is the eternal consequence of love that continues throughout the ages.

It's All Right - Opening with quiet signature sounds and breaking into full blown production of the metal collective. This had more of the contemporary grunge rocker influence. I ran Palangi's music by Mick Houser, bass player for Dr. Mudd and Skeleton Crew, a New York native himself. He said of Palangi's work,

 "Sounds like Nickelback meets Days Of The New to me. Not so much old-school classic rock,

but more like late 90's - early 2000's post-grunge alternative rock."

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Live Shows:

Frank Palangi has headlined his own shows, and opened for the following national artists: FUEL, TRAPT, Candlelight Red, Prospect Hill, Sludge Factory (Alice in Chains Tribute), Deluka, Jesse Malin (Former D-Generation singer),and Silversyde. "

Awards and Accolades:

'Best Acoustic Solo or Duo Act in 2011/2012"

Frank has received radio air play/interviews on FM / internet stations, and newspaper/online article write-ups, as well as current air time. He is licensed through Ourstage.com (an MTV Partner website). Frank placed in the top 20 from Capital Region Has Talent contest (2009) to local fair contests, and performed on local TV8 network fundraisers.

The Glens Falls Chronicle paper/Q103 Albany radio station/Fox23 News have interviewed him and he was nominated into a chance to play at the 2012 Grammy awards and landed in the top 12 for final top trending artists. "(2012 Boost Radio station Artist of the Year nomination as well for most played/requested and Vocalist of the Year)."

Frank Palangi's new rock single, "I AM READY," is available on iTunes, Amazon, Rhapsody,

CD baby and other media outlets.
 

http://www.amazon.com/I-Am-Ready/dp/B006PZA7XY

Follow Frank Palangi through these links:

www.reverbnation.com/frankpalangi

www.twitter.com/frankpalangi

www.facebook.com/frankpalangisoloartist

You can hear Frank Palangi on the following radio stations:
7 WAVES, CFJU, CKCU, CROSSWALK RADIO, EXTREME CHRISTIAN RADIO, KCLC, KRNG, KVRK, THE CHRISTIAN ROCK 20, THE RADIO ZOO, FUEL RADIO, THE X MUSIC NETWORK, WGNW, WIXL, WRXV, WSNL, WVCP, WVOF AND WYSZ + many online stations.

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Out On The Tiles

DAWES at the Newport Folk Festival, 2012

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Photography and Review by Bluebird

This year, the Newport Folk Festival was sold out for months in advance of the show. It drew tens of thousands to Newport, Rhode Island, from all over the Northeast US and beyond. Some of these people have been attending this annual event for generations. There was a time when the budget for this global talent gathering was scarce. During these droughts, the loyal music aficionados, rock snobs and bluegrass historians, still came to support local regional music and folk traditions.

In mingling with the crowd this year and talking to fans at this event, I learned it is this core culture that keeps the bar for the acts as they come through. They talk about each band in great detail, including their connections with folk and music history, as well as regional presence. There are many terms that I learned Folk Festers use, to describe if they approve of an artist's music to be in the line-up of the Newport Folk Festival: "appropriate," "in the folk tradition," "in line with the history of folk," and, of course, ~ "Dylanesque."

Simultaneous to the folk and bluegrass that frames the permeable boundaries of this art, is a new wave of younger, Folk Fest revelers, who are jumping right in to hear their contemporary favorites. 'My Morning Jacket" "Deer Tick" and "Conor Oberst" to name a few. In a myriad of harmonies, the generational Folk followers that I spoke to, said they approved of these bands too, and hailed them as fitting into the storytelling chapters that would dawn the days to come. "Eclectic" the generational Folk Festers say of these new infusions of sound, "a fresh perspective."

And then there was DAWES!

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