Dearest Ultimate-Guitar Readers,
Welcome to the first instalment of this rejuvenated quest to discover some unsigned talent. In this article we will take a look at a variety of music, briefly evaluating its worth. Since this is the introductory article to the column, we shall keep it concise and cogent so that it can be followed easily.
Before we begin, I would like to draw some attention to the importance of being organised as a band. There are a lot of band members who email me on behalf of the same band. This squanders both my time and yours. I think that if a band is serious its members should be discussing such matters before sending either emails or myspace messages. Furthermore, I would also like to highlight the importance of sending me a digital EP/sample of your music. It's a matter of convenience for me, but it is also an important lesson to any musician. Your EP is an advertisement of your talent. It's important because one must be able to supply a sample of one's craft should the moment arise. I don't really enjoy streaming a congealed mess of myspace songs. An EP with artwork, on the other hand, is a most pleasant experience. Do keep this in mind.
Power Pirate certainly has a level of proficiency, drawing stylistic influences from artists such as Muse, Eurythmics, and Angels and Airwaves. The band has an average age of 16, and somewhat unfortunately, it shows at times. I just feel that although tracks such as And We're Off certainly have great impetus and power, the recorded music sometimes lacks a serious enough grasp of dynamics. I just feel that Power Pirate could do with some quieter moments while gradually building to a climax. This is most evident in Stars; be that as it may, the fact that the current recording of Stars is a demo only helps to convince me that we can expect more dynamism from Power Pirate on future recordings! This is not to take anything away from a talented group of musicians, who can surely continue to emulate its influences, but, at some stage, Power Pirate shall have to develop its own sound. Some of the riffing by Emily Pakulski is just incredible, but perhaps the next step for the band is to find a bass guitarist....
For next month I would like to feature at least one metal band in order to make the article longer. For some reason, metal bands seem to be wary of contacting me in case I don't wish to write about metal bands. This is a silly misconception; all genres of music are welcome here.