Sunday, January 20, 2013

Hell Or Highwater "Begin Again"

To say that this album is the first of the new year to join the list of nominees for Best Album of 2013 goes a long way in revealing the great writing, powerful performances, and stunning production that populate this disc. Due for release from Pavement Entertainment on Feb 5th,  BEGIN AGAIN,        the debut album from Hell or Highwater, puts Brandon Saller and his band firmly in line for major success. While this material has already seen independent release a couple of years ago, Saller and company are back with a label, bonus material, and a whole lot of swagger, to try and garner this album the attention it deserved, yet missed, the first time around.

To describe it stylistically, take the classic arena rock style of bands like Journey (who were actually cool back in the day), roughed up with nods to current bands like Avenged Sevenfold (and not just on the track that M. Shadows appears on).Melodic enough to be highly commercially viable, and yet badass enough to earn respect, BEGIN AGAIN, is an excellent debut effort. Striking a wide swath through cultural and musical references, there's really something for everyone to like about this record, including the strikingly punked up cover of Simon and Garfunkel's "The Boxer", listed as a bonus track. This track alone has the potential to earn Hell or Highwater the kind of never ending radio play that The Ataris earned for their cover of "Boys of Summer".

This record has set the bar for all other rock albums to live up to this year.


 Hell or Highwater Tour Dates (w/The Darkenss):
01/21/13  Phoenix Concert-Toronto, ON
01/23/13  Newport Music- Columbus, OH
01/25/13  Majestic Theatre- Detroit, MI
01/26/13  The Rave - Milwaukee, WI
01/27/13  Riviera Theatre - Chicago, IL
01/29/13  First Avenue - Minneapolis, MN
01/30/13  Beaumont Club - Kansas City, MO
02/01/13  The Summit - Denver, CO
02/02/13  Belly Up - Aspen, CO

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