16 Sept 2004
Summit Daily News
Sons of hard rock
by Jason Starr
In addition to carrying the torch for Pink Floyd, the band Sons of Nothing
is also keeping the 1980s vision of hard rock alive and well.
When its not doing tribute shows to Floyd - like Saturday night's show at
the Silverthorne Pavilion - the foursome revisits the driving rhythms and
straight-forward power anthems that were so popular two decades ago.
There's a tinge of influence from Metallica, Meatloaf and Motley Crüe on
its second album, One Left Turn, with guitars and drums always at the
It's hard to believe this band has a second life doing Pink Floyd covers.
After listening to aggressive songs like "Do Me" and "Better Than Life" you
wonder how it would tone down enough for trippy and spacey songs like the
Floyd classic "Shine on You Crazy Diamond."
Sons of Nothing shows a pop sensibility on its song "Misery," which ends
the album after only five songs. Five songs! That's like an hour-long movie.
In fact, most movies would be better off cutting at least a half-hour from
their running times, so in that context, a five-song album doesn't seem that
awkward. This is all the band had to say, and that's fine. These five songs
pack a lot of punch.
However, the music walks the fine line between earnestness and
self-parody. Tenacious D - the hilarious Jack Black heavy metal parody band -
comes to mind, singing "This is the greatest song in the world!"
The highlight and most catchy part of "One Left Turn" is the chorus on
"Esperanto" - an upbeat melody that the band members harmonize to perfection.
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