Sound — 9
Towncrier's latest release The End And Everything After on Authentic Records is a melodic mix of heartland rock possessing the dynamic rock vibrations of Bad Company and the alternative folk flourishes of O.A.R. The music has great consonance with rivulets of stirring fluctuations coursing through the chord changes and thrives with chambers of stout harmonies. The country rock quintet from Cedar Rapids, Iowa show the melodic rock rhythmic synchronicity of Three Doors Down and the alternative country lithe of Blue Merle on their tune The End. Movements are tightly roped as lead vocalist/keyboardist Jerry Lorenson dices up hearty successions sifting through the swiveling harmonies of guitarists Ryan Plotz and Mike Staeball. The rhythm section of bassist Cory Talbot and drummer Will Locker are limber and fleshy deepening the chord movements and vocal resonance. The band's samples at their myspace site (myspace.com/towncriermusic) demonstrate their propensity for shaping up good listening melodies. The alternative folk tremors of Gone are propped with a peppy piano intro and swirls of melodic movements. The soft rock rhythms of Last Breath are comfy and modes a 38 Special moxie. Town Crier is prime heartland rock coalescing classic melodic rock with bouts of country-folk swipes.
Lyrics — 7
The lyrics are emotionally charged reflective of stages that relationships go through like the song Gone when Lorenson vents, I am about to break out of this shell you got me so twisted and tied up and I'm tired of holding on/Gotta get myself away. The lyrics vent out about frustrations from being in a relationship and expressing feelings of affection that are torn asunder.
Overall Impression — 8
Towncrier's music is classic melodic rock with accents of alternative folk and Americana. The songs have reflections of Toad The Wet Sprocket and O.A.R. with the vocal gusto of Duncan Sheik. The guitar vibrations have a Bad Company robusto straddling chunky rhythmic swells. Town Crier makes heartland rock at it's best.