By Austin Metz
Editor in Chief
One of the greatest challenges for musicians is to create albums that bring the energy of a live concert. The cheering of the crowd and the buzz created with the band interacting with the crowd are nearly impossible to show in an album.
This, however, is exactly what Tyler Bryant and the Shakedown have done in their first album, “From the Sandcastle.”
From the opening notes of “Kick the Habit,” Bryant and his four piece band show a sound that closely resembles Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers on steroids.
The sound is straight out of the south with heavy guitar solos and a twangy drawl but is delivered with an attitude as big as Texas.
The band, which features Bryant, Caleb Crosby, Graham Whitford, and Calvin Webster, created “From the Sandcastle” as a way to get the word out and showcase one of the top guitarists of today and maybe the future.
Although it’s only seven songs long, each song delivers over-the-top musical talent from the lead guitar down to the drums.
“Say a Prayer” serves as the half- way point for the album but seems to be the musical peak.
From a lyrical standpoint, it is above average, but from a musical standpoint, it is up there with the best.It’s fast, hard, and cleverly written.
Following “Say a Prayer” is the band’s slow, acoustic classic, “Being Here.” Bryant’s voice and song writing abilities are put on display throughout this emotional song which talks about life’s problems and being able to get back up after these problems.
“Shackles” serves as the closing song to the album and showcases the use of a slide guitar and background singing from the band to add a new dimension.
“From the Sandcastle” shows that there still is a hint of talent in today’s music scene. No obnoxious techno beats or pointless, talentless singing here. Only driving guitar, talented background musicians and superior song writing ability.