US Rails is a band that can be best described in one word…HARMONY.
Echoing the great multi-singer-songwriter collaborative bands of the last four decades, US Rails makes music in that time-honored tradition. With an emphasis on live performance, their line-up is a classic, straightforward, rock band format of acoustic & electric guitars, bass, drums and piano. Each musician contributing stellar songs and a skillful ease instrumentally, all in support of the main attraction: five part vocal HARMONY. A rarity in the age of loops, auto-tune and samples, US Rails is fusing some of the best eras in popular music.
With the release of their third studio LP “Heartbreak Superstar”, the band finds itself a stronger, more bonded collective than ever. These 13 brand new songs feature the US Rails melding their stylistic differences into one solid new, yet familiar sound.
“Heartbreak Superstar” is next in line in what has proven to be a rather vast catalogue of recordings since their original US Rails self-titled release debuted in 2009. Since then, the band has released the well received “Southern Canon” (2012), Europe Live 2012 DVD as well as an all acoustic re-working of some of their best songs on last years “Wire and Wood”.
What is unique (and sometimes challenging) about US Rails is that all members continue to individually nourish thriving solo careers. What is special is that which is hunted, scavenged and experienced is brought back into US Rails’ musical fabric. Both geographically as well as stylistically, US Rails merge a gamut of influences in a very natural cross-pollination. While they all share and retain deep Philadelphia (U.S.) area musical roots, their current distance has not interfered with their musical energy or strong friendships.
The voices of US Rails
Ben Arnold • Bluesy and soulful growl
Scott Bricklin • Passionate pop
Tom Gillam • Kick and shout tenor
Matt Muir • High indie rock falsetto
Joseph Parsons • Emotive baritone
As on every US Rails record, each member is showcased track by track on “Heartbreak Superstar”. Their individual “sound”, both vocally and instrumentally rise to the top of a rich and rustic stew. But the magic really happens when these five voices come together to create a unified sound considered “one of the most oddly beautiful blends in recent rock history.” Although one could find many more adjectives and comparisons to “collectives” past to describe and contrast the sound of US Rails, the fact remains; theirs is the unique and beautiful result of years of experiences, the ultimate in artistic collaboration and a truly united vision totally unto itself. US Rails has elevated this even further on this sprawling new record.
Live on stage, the band may take broader strokes but welcomes the challenge of a totally different atmosphere. Delivering equally elegant, quiet and spacious moments as well as ferocious rocking highs ensure the audience is along for a dynamic and enthralling night of original, inspired and honest music. It is during these shows when it is not only the band, but the listener too who is in HARMONY with US Rails!
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