Recent reviews of "Songs From The In Between":
Artist: Signal Trip
Album: Songs From The In Between
Review by Rhonda Readence
Signal Trip, out of Grand Rapids, Michigan, plays music that most anyone can enjoy. Their feel good tunes and energetic rhythms are contagious. With elements of classic rock and a dash of 80’s thrown in for character, Songs From The In Between is a must-have album for anyone who likes to rock. Pat Piechoki’s vocals could be compared to Sammy Hagar at times, and his delivery is seldom short of stellar. He is accompanied by Jason Sweet on guitar, Ken Pitchford on bass, Kevin Schaefer on drums and Jo Weir on vocals.
The essence of high energy classic rock makes this album a staple for backyard parties, cookouts and just plain old having fun. Tracks like “Future’s Now” and “What You Want” have killer beats that beg to be danced to. Shades of Van Halen and Bon Jovi make appearances in these songs, but they are overall Signal Trip masterpieces through and through.
Many of the tracks feature the vocal talent of Jo Weir and “Sweet” and “Caught In The In Between” are both stunning examples of her clear voice. The harmonizing between Weir and Piechoki is fantastic. These offerings carry the barest trace of a country vibe and they are each elegantly beautiful in their own way. Most every song contains blazing guitar work, but listeners will take special heed of Jason Sweet’s screaming licks in pieces like “No Worries,” “Is It Me” and “Keep Moving-Abt.” Each of these songs carries an edge and has an attitude of pure bad assery.
Showing a softer side, “For Linnea” is the ballad on the album, and what a great piece of music it is. Graceful guitar work is coupled wonderfully with Piechoki’s smooth vocals. His range is fantastic and this offering really showcases his abundant talent. Signal Trip has proven that regardless of whether they are playing balls to the wall rock, high energy country flavored pieces, or an elegant, slow-paced ballad, they certainly know how to get into the heart and soul of listeners.
Signal Trip makes it clear that they enjoy making music. While they are indeed very serious musicians, it is just as clear that they like to have fun. Seeing this band perform live would be a great experience and they would be sure to liven up any party. Each and every track on Songs From The In Between is performed with skill and contains exceptional sound quality. There is no doubt that this is a solid group who love what they do. It is this more than anything that will endear them to fans near and far.
Reviewed by Rhonda Readence
Rating: 4 stars (out of 5)
Rhonda Readence is a freelance writer based in Cleveland, OH and Pittsburgh, PA. Her love of music began at age two when she began dancing to Elvis, and has blossomed into the all consuming monster that it is today. Formerly a writer for Exciting City Magazine, Rhonda has interviewed many bands and written about genres ranging from punk to metal to classic rock to jazz. She also enjoys going to as many live shows as possible. A one-time protégé of Neon Cactus Studios, Rhonda has also dabbled in the art of production and engineering.
Artist: SIGNAL TRIP
Title: Songs From The In Between
Review by Mike Korn
If you belong to a certain age group…35 to 55, let’s say…the music of Signal Trip is certainly going to light a spark of memory within you. If you remember hanging out in the high school parking lot cranking the likes of Boston, Kiss, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Montrose and Ted Nugent from the speakers of your Mustang, you’re going to want to check out what this Michigan band has to offer. If you were boogeying to the likes of the Bee Gees or K.C. and The Sunshine Band, you’d best keep stepping.
This is a deliberate and serious attempt to resurrect the classic hard rock of the mid and late 70’s. There is absolutely no pretension from Signal Trip that this is anything else. So if you are seeking any form of innovation and any sign that Songs From The In Between is part of the 21st century, forget it. Some might consider the music here hopelessly dated and full of clichés, but a lot of people will embrace the nostalgia Signal Trip creates. It’s like listening to the echo of your youth, bringing the memories of days before cellphones, gangster rap and reality TV.
These are all original compositions, but Signal Trip spent many years as a cover band and this allows them to be musical chameleons, able to mimic many 70’s rock icons. One can hear traces of Journey, AC/DC, and early John Cougar Mellencamp, but the two bands that really come to mind are Boston and .38 Special. There’s something in the way many of these songs are written that echo those acts.
“Future’s Now” gets the album off to a LOUD and hard rocking start with a raw, buzzing guitar sound. The Boston comparisons on this song really smack you right upside the head, especially the vocals of guitarist Pat Piechocki, who sounds like the ghost of the late Brad Delp. Really, his resemblance to Delp is sometimes uncanny and the vocal lines of several songs also recall Boston. “What You Want” follows with more crunchy hard rock but with more of a “Midwestern” feel to it.
“Sweet” features the female vocals of Jo Weir, who shares lead duties with Piechocki. She has a pleasant but not overwhelming voice that seems better suited to country and pop. Piechocki is the stronger singer, but Jo certainly won’t scare anybody off her tunes. She often engages in a pleasing duet with her male counterpart on several tunes here such as the excellent “No Worries”. If this last song would have been on radio in the late 70’s, it would have been a hit.
“No Worries”, along with “My Music”, has a hard rock sound but no ugliness or harshness. The art of creating hard but happy songs seems to be lost these days. Only “Is It Me” has a dark and mean tone here, but certainly nothing like modern metal bands.
The band also shows a softer side with power ballads like the title track and “Clear the Air”, where Jo sings and the mood is more subdued (but not completely mellow). But the album ends with a fierce “Keep Moving/ABT”, where guitarist Jason Sweet cuts loose with fiery solos.
Possessing zero originality, but rich in nostalgia and heart, Songs From The In Between is recommend for classic rock lovers.
Review By Mike Korn
Rating: 3.5 stars (out of 5)
Mike Korn was bit by the music bug at a very early age, exposed to his dad’s collection of jazz, country and pop music before discovering the world of 70?s classic rock. After hearing Judas Priest and Motorhead, there was no turning back and he became possessed by the metal spirit. Under the pen name of Dr. Abner Mality, he has written for a number of publications such as RAM Magazine, Music Street Journal and his own project, Wormwood Chronicles, which reflects a whole range of eclectic underground tastes. Wormwood Chronicles has existed since 1998 and features his interviews with artists ranging from Anthrax to Molly Hatchet and Blue Oyster Cult to Morbid Angel.