Unsigned Talent Of The Month: January 2010

Welcome to the first instalment of this rejuvenated quest to discover some unsigned talent.

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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.

The Musicians

Let me introduce Robot Zombie Army whose EPA Monster in the Skyis largely delightful. It commences with Faith, which is, quite obviously an excellent introductory track for any EP. It is Alice Cooper meets Iron Maiden in many ways, from the vocal delivery to the music. There is swagger; there is glamour, and most importantly, there is adrenal delivery. This is the way to introduce oneself. Unfortunately Faith is not reflective of the next two tracks, which are somewhat low-key acoustic numbers, which aren't quite as excellent. Taste the Rainbow is up next, and this is a return to distorted, chugging guitars; it is not Faith Pt. II. It is perhaps a little reminiscent of the Manic Street Preachers on Everything Must Go. I really quite enjoy the near-staccato vocal delivery in places, and the guitar solo towards the end, though not immensely technical, is an overwhelming success. For those who like pinched harmonics and good timing, check out Robot Zombie Army. The Monster in the Sky EP would have benefited from a second opinion regarding the sequence of the tracks, with perhaps saving one for a full-length album. The man behind the project is Ben Robson from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The fact that he recorded this at home belies the quality of the music, and just shows you what can be accomplished with few resources.

Look at us! Look how far we've come! goes the Power Pirate songAnd We're Off. They aren't the most metaphorical lyrics around, but they certainly describe the band's progress in the past year. With the help of UG Forums the electronica-rock outfit made it to the NAMM Battle of the Bands Finals, where it took third place alongside a couple of individual awards.

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....

I'm going to introduce Kyle Martucci as he introduced himself to me: he lives in Ohio, and he makes music in his room. I'm not quite sure how to describe his music. It's quite ambient, even road-trip ready. Kyle has a reassuring voice, and there's a lot of feeling behind each of his guitar strums. There's more than a dash of Aimee Mann, and even a dash of Simon and Garfunkel to this man's music. Kyle Martucci transcends the typical singer-songwriter mould; his is a noble trade, and more sincerity in music you won't find. Take him on a road trip across the States! Download his album: it's free, but I'd pay for it.

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.

Contact me at: sam.agini@ultimate-guitar.com and myspace.com.

44 comments sorted by best / new / date

    gassnake89
    heres some great japanese bands: versailles ~philharmonic quintet~ dir en grey the gazette moi dix mois sadie lynch D d'espairsRay dio -distraught overlord-
    powachord
    ZombieDuck wrote: This is a cool article. I don't know where I can listen to any of the music and I don't have a myspace account.
    you dont need an account to listen to the music
    chocolateTeddy
    I really like these bands and the fact power pirate is doing so well at 16 is amazing and Zombie Robot Army ok officially Amazing all that on his own! beautiful. great article
    NoxMortalitus
    I recommend Resident Hero. Technically they're unsigned (and they say they won't ever be signed as they don't want to be under control of the corp.)
    xTJHx
    test1cles wrote: I hope to see the Russian tech death band Sumatra on one of theese lists.
    +1
    kphizzy101
    check out my cousins band. THE SUMMONED from Massachusettes -exp. death metal . very brutal! they are great!
    Sunnysideup6509
    check out my acoustic band www.myspace.com/sunnysideup6509 if you are not into the genre, please just keep negative comments to yourself, however if you do enjoy acoustic music, we'd love to hear what you have to say
    Ain_Elohim
    gassnake89 wrote: heres some great japanese bands: versailles ~philharmonic quintet~ dir en grey the gazette moi dix mois sadie lynch D d'espairsRay dio -distraught overlord-
    Fact: Most of these bands have enough attention around the internet, FYE, and in central California. ._.
    minichibi
    ChemicalFire wrote: Heard of Power Pirate. Doesn't one of the members come on here from time to time?
    Hi
    ss311
    metallifreak77 wrote: For the metal band, you should turn your attention to Warpath, the UK Thrash band, they are a great aspiring group of shredders.
    I've written about Warpath before now. http://www.ultimate-guitar.com/reviews/s... tists_of_the_month_november_2008.html
    CoreysMon ster wrote: oh wait, so this isn't about unsigned UG bands, but unsigned bands in general?
    Unsigned bands in general. Cormorant will be featured very soon. I also have a shredder up my sleeve. Thanks for all the interest.
    iH8CarAccidents
    If you like Coheed and Cambria (Or even if you don't but still like good music) check out Blue Star Pilot. I'm good friends with a couple of their members. They're really talented musicians. They haven't recorded anything new in a while, but they play a lot of great covers live (Crazy Train, Eruption, Godzilla, and Sweet Child O Mine being among them.) Definitely a good listen. http://www.myspace.com/bluestarpilot http://www.myspace.com/bluestarpilot eb ook.com/group.php?v=info&ref=ts&gid=2230013498 If you look em up, THANK YOU!!!
    ZombieDuck
    This is a cool article. I don't know where I can listen to any of the music and I don't have a myspace account.
    Time Seller
    metallifreak77 wrote: Good article. I joined UG because it focuses on metal, my favorite musical genre by far. True metal however, this poppy core crap is just sad . I am very open-minded to music however.
    olololololo Great reviews, looking forward to future installments. This one should have got some attention.
    Scourge441
    If you need metal, there's no reason not to write about Ne Obliviscaris and Cormorant. I should add that neither band minds if you download their material. Ne Obliviscaris have one demo that's absolutely amazing (don't let the word "demo" throw you off, as it sounds great), while Cormorant have an EP that slays and a full-length that slays even more. Ne Obliviscaris: http://www.myspace.com/neobliviscaris Cormorant: http://www.myspace.com/neobliviscaris They've both developed a fairly big following over the internet and are set to potentially do really big things in the metal scene. Again, neither band minds if you download their material from Demonoid or whatever, so get on it.
    test1cles
    I hope to see the Russian tech death band Sumatra on one of theese lists.
    MaidenRulez666
    THE CONTORTIONIST. If you like Meshuggah, After The Burial, The Faceless...etc! You wont be disappointed!
    CoreysMonster
    these were really the best bands that got sent to you? I mean, Power Pirate are cool, just not my style, but the other two? Come on, man, there are tons better acts on UG.
    bartos
    Unsigned Talent Of The Year: Orange The Juice. myspace.com/orangethejuice
    flyingcheckmark
    Check out Orwell from Lacrosse Wisconsin they are pretty cool guys and they make some good stuff.
    travislausch
    Actually, I rather like the lack of metal in these articles. Seems all too common for U-G to focus exclusively on metal when there are plenty of other genres with great guitarists out there.
    metallifreak77
    Good article. I joined UG because it focuses on metal, my favorite musical genre by far. True metal however, this poppy core crap is just sad. I am very open-minded to music however. For the metal band, you should turn your attention to Warpath, the UK Thrash band, they are a great aspiring group of shredders.
    flxz
    Power Pirate - Party This song is actually really good. Sounds a bit like aerodynamic from daft punk. Really nice guitarriff there.
    Patrijz
    pineaple expres wrote: nvr heard of any of them.
    Isn't that kinda the point of this? ;
    schaller
    Sorry for the shameful self-advertisement, everyone else seems to be doing it. http://www.myspace.com/frenemyband we're not incredibly metal, we're like system of a down vs. rage against the machine vs. billy talent vs. maybe motorhead... I'm not sure, check us out and let me know what you think. Or don't check us out and send me a list of reasons why you hate your hairline.
    4m4z1ng
    Great article! Power Pirate has their debut album out now, called Plane Ticket. They have an entire albumful of lyrics out there, an entire albumful of guitar riffs and keyboard licks, and an entire exploration in electronic rock. I really enjoy it.