Album Reviews

Frank Palangi

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"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

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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

Boston Music Awards 2011 New Artist of the Year : MOUFY !

Photos by Micah Gummel.

The Boston Music Awards is an exciting event that has been running for over 25 years. It was at the Liberty Hotel and the magnificent venue encapsulated a wide range of great artists that night. For complete coverage and venue photos click here.

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While researching the local bands on the nominee list, Moufy was an artist that stood out to me among the other nominated greats in rap and hip hop. I just loved his sound and energetic spirit.  I have been following rap since it started with Sylvia Robinson's label on Sugar Hill and genuinely mourned her death this year. With the history of rap and hip hop still ringing in my head, I was aware that this young artist came from a region that was not well known for this form of music. However, listening to Moufy gave me hope that the sound which had made its way through the urban streets for decades would continue to be true to the roots, because he puts his own spin on it, which ironically, brought it all back to the start.

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We watched the announcement of the awards and the experience was like witnessing the ball drop in Times Square. The excitement built up and the Moufy win brought cheers throughout the swank brick hotel that collected music lovers from all over New England. Once the announcements were done we ran to catch this rising star.

While waiting for Moufy to arrive, DJ Hustle Simmons was set up with old school funk and disco. Stevie Wonder's, Sir Duke, Earth, Wind and Fire's, Got To Get You Into My Life, Prince's Wanna Be Your Lover. Deep house music from the 1980's blared a familiar mix of club music and ended with Rob Base and DJ EZ Rock, Michael Jackson, tunes that kept people moving and targeted a wide range of ages in this crowd.

Jam'n 94.5 Boston announced Moufy and plugged their show 'The Launch Pad'. Moufy was gracious and then tore into all Boston related songs as a celebration for tonight. Twist It and Light It, Throw My 3's, Boston Lights and more.

The Liberty Room was packed. Moufy mixed with the crowd with non-stop energy that was infectious. We sung the lyrics to the point where you could barely hear Moufy himself. He was down and serious with getting his message of loyalty to New England and Boston. He raised us up to join together in unity as New England-ers. It was a wild party with positive vibes that did not stop. Most importantly, as serious as he is about the message, he smiles and emits that he just loves this music to the core. I can't imagine him doing anything else, he was completely in the zone. I sent his music to my writer friend Stephanie Hussey and she said the best line of "We In The Building" is 'It just feels so good to be us!'

At age 20, this man is just looking at the start of his career. My hope for him is that he keeps on track with what he is doing best, bringing people together with regional music that obviously means a lot to him. Lyrics that reflect the stories that are important to life. Music is the universal language that unites us and artists who reach for the higher ground will find it, as long as they don't give it up to the hype.

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