Just as some of the best and most unique experiences happen when you go off grid, as it were, where the road runs out and turns to green, when art runs out of rules to follow; music often only truly comes to life when you run out of labels that easily capture its essence. The music made by might in part be pop, ambient, neo-classical, progressive, operatic, post-rock and cinematic but no one term can sum up more than a fraction of its beauty, so at that point you might as well stop trying.
Even a term like song or track seems too inappropriate descriptions, for what Heron do is create cinematic scores for films which haven’t even been made yet, but which just through their sonic grace conjure a thousand images. Images of wind-swept vistas, dream-like worlds, night time city streets, ancient landscapes and far flung regions of space. It is chamber-pop, progressive rock minus the clutter and pomp but with sweeping guitar washes adding emotion and depth, widescreen post-rock meets ambient soundscaping.
The tools of making music may change but its effect on the listener remains undiminished and the music that this band make bypasses head and heart and talks directly to the soul.
Scott Gilbert Band are an Alternative Rock band like no other. They possess all of the ethereal domineering sound of the Alt Rock genre, yet their signature style is tinged with momentous melody and cacophonous fiery vocals that sets this humble 4-piece band apart from any other humdrum act on the scene.
Their style is somewhat reminiscent to the 90’s Brit Pop anthems that have never faded away with time, the band did more than assimilate tired old anthemic hits with their first release of 2018 ‘Breaking Me, Breaking You’, although the similarity to James Dean Bradfield from The Manic Street Preachers vocal range is staggering. The prowess that they pertain over their instrumentals put this Fife, Scotland based band in an element of their own, the breakdowns and guitar riffs at the end of the track prove that this band in no way belong on the underground.
If you’re looking to add some underground artists to your 90’s Alt Rock playlist, I thoroughly recommend checking out the Scott Gilbert Band on SoundCloud using the link below:
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Review by Amelia Vandergast