Well, you guys asked for more music and you’re getting it. Received a few emails from readers after reviewing The Vinyls two weeks ago saying that you wanted me to cover some more local rock bands. It turns out, I have another one up to par, and once again, I know the guitarist from the same class as the other one. Small world.
The Call Out is yet another New Jersey rock band that has yet to reach a high stature on the rock music circuit, but just like The Vinyls, they sound more professional than they let on, deserving more attention. These two bands are actually very identical to one another, as one thing I stressed in the prior review is that new bands tend to overuse the drums to the point where they become annoying. The Call Out has found the right combination of vocals, guitar, and drums and they seem to remind me of another band, though that names slips my mind.
Led by John Ferris on the vocals, Sean Marmora and Anthony Manginelli on the guitar, and Danny Wrensen on the subtle-but-sweet drums, I would say they would be making some noise in the music world, but that saying wouldn’t do them justice. The old saying holds true, that “birds of a feather flock together”, because Dan from The Vinyls, and Anthony here, are both outstanding guitarists who are surrounded by a great cast of musicians. Do not be fooled—these are not poorly constructed, let’s-do-it-for-fun garage bands. They have a very professional sound that can rival most, if not all, new-age rock groups (and they still seem to be having fun).
I have to be honest, I have only heard three songs by The Call Out, much like I had only listened to four or five of The Vinyls, but once again, first impressions won me over. I must give a prediction (hopefully with better luck than my hockey ones) that given the right exposure, these two bands have bright futures ahead of them and will go far. Make sure to head on over to their Facebook page and check out their three featured songs, “A Place to Call Our Own”, “Hookline, and Sink-Her”, and “If I’m All Talk (Why Are You All Ears?)”.
Their bio says, “We formed in the Spring of 2008, and over the last year we’ve spent all of our time, money, faith, blood, sweat, and tears on this band. And THIS year, we have the opportunity to do even more. Please help us on our journey.” Hard work will always shed results, and that is evident with this band.
It will definitely be interesting to see their upcoming songs, and if you are so inclined, they will be playing at the Highline Ballroom in New York on December 19. Please go to their Facebook page for details. Also, make sure to follow them on Twitter.
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