Category: Music Reviews

The Other Bones – “Hinges”

I first heard The Other Bones late last year. Their video had been posted in r/maine and I almost ignored it. I had seen the post earlier in the day, and for whatever reason had decided to move past it. By some kind of cosmic intervention, I had a change of heart, and chose to click the link to their debut video, Feels Like Home (directed by Jason M. Bosch).

I remember being shocked immediately at what was going on. There was a guitar loop that sounded something like the Tower Jam at IT, followed by a brilliant sounding looped drum beat, synth rhythm, and vocal track, in that order. One minute into the track, I was hooked. I knew that this band was going to be the most original thing out of Portland in the past 10 years, maybe ever.

Since then, I’ve been hovering around their website like Quimby hovers around my feet waiting for me to drop some food. Slowly but surely, 2 more songs came out. The River, and the Christmas song “What Are You Doing New Years Eve?” Both as equally impressive, yet these were just crumbs. I wanted a fucking sandwich, and finally it’s been delivered.

Hinges Comes out on May 8th

Hinges is a 5 track EP that comes out on Tuesday, May 8th. It starts aggressively with “Not This Way.” It is a stark contrast to the acoustic version that was released in late March. There are layers of tastefully blended electronics and even some vocodoer/autotuning. It is followed by the harmony rich “Say That To Me.” It’s peaks and valleys of varying intensity, with a sweet ass synth bass and some very tasteful less is more guitar work. It becomes clear very quickly that although The Other Bones are a relatively new band, they already know exactly what they want to sound like, and it sounds awesome. Hinges continues with the insanely catchy and memorable Feels Like Home, an building intensely pissed off little number called The Bad In Goodbye, and In/Out/Over, another harmony filled almost club-esque track. Maybe it’s not suited for a club, it’s not like I go to clubs. Just know that it’s good. It’s all good. Fuck, it’s all great really.

Eric, Andrew and Loretta have created music that is like no other trio I’ve ever heard. I have a hard time putting it into a category. It’s a blend of so many genres that I can’t describe it accurately. This is what I always envisioned the music of the future sounding like. This is by far the best EP that I’ve heard in 2012. Go get Hinges on May 8th. Grab your jetpacks and check them out at Slantie on Saturday May 5th. I have yet to see these guys live, but I’m sure it’s fantastic.


Geron Hoy – Lunatic

Geron Hoy really should be a household name by now, but the fact that it isn’t, may be the best thing he has going for him. You may have seen him over on reddit, where he has been sharing his music for free. I’ve been meaning to review this album for the past two months, but because I’m terrible at updating this site, I’m just getting to it now. Shame on me.

Trials, Troubles, and Tribulations

Lunatic is the latest effort from Geron Hoy. The story behind it is filled with frustration and struggle, and it almost never saw the light of day. In 2011, he had released the album Soldier, which was a mix of new material and songs he had recorded in Austin a few years back. Essentially a B-side album, it was still better than most of what came out last year. Geron then worked his ass off to record the album Lunatic. He spent weeks in the studio perfecting his songs, and once recording was complete, the album still needed to be mastered and pressed.

I knew Geron before it was cool.

When he should have been touring in support of Soldier, he was busy trying to get Lunatic released. Essentially, he was doing the work that a label would have normally taken care of, while still trying to make a living. Thankfully for us all, he didn’t throw in the towel. He pushed on, and made it happen. Music is what Geron is supposed to be doing. He knows it, and no way was anything going to stop him. As luck would have it Because Geron is so insanely talented, he won a song writing contest that year that awarded him a couple thousand CD pressings.

Lunatic is a fantastic album. Geron’s song writing ability is quite frankly, some of the best that I’ve ever heard. It comes from a very real, very chaotic place- Geron’s mind. This album is him, and that’s why it’s so damn good. It’s filled with confusion and self doubt, as well as the insanity and chaos of day to day life in NYC. From the foot stomping almost country-esque Mess in Here, to the ballad feel of Breakaway, to the beautifully written and performed Lunatic, there’s something special going on here. His songs are soft and tender when they need to be, but will knock your head off when needed.

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Howard Stern Helps Geron Hoy

On Friday April, 27th, Geron was retweeted by Howard Stern, who has a rabid fanbase of over 1.1 million followers. Geron posted the tweet on reddit, and was soon the top post. Close to a million people saw the tweet. He was shared on facebook by David Copperfield (yes, really!), his website went down for a time, and he was the top selling artist on bandcamp. Over 50,000 people have listened to his music since yesterday, and if anyone deserves the attention, it’s Geron Hoy.

The long and short of it is that Geron worked his ass off to make a damn near perfect album, and the world deserves to hear it. Go do yourself a favor and download Lunatic now.


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