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Dream

by Rain

melodic,emotional rock
Genre: Rock: Psychedelic
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1. Take My Hand
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2. The River
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3. Today
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4. So Bad
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5. Close To The Fire
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6. The Door
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7. Called Her Back
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8. Sunday Morning
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9. Lonely Road
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10. Cat In A Cage
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11. Angel of Doom
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12. Dream
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13. Insomnia
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Rain was formed about 8 years ago in NYC. Singer and songwriter John McConnell found a room full of equipment that wasn’t being used and recruited some musicians and started the band. McConnell had sung in some early Portland Oregon punk bands in the late 70’s and early eighties. He started out reading poetry and eventually formed Suburban Guerrillas and Soul Device, which had Sam Henry (Wipers, Napalm Beach, Morgan Grace) on drums. He was part of the scene that included the Wipers, Neo Boys, Sado-Nation and others. McConnell fell on some tough times in the 80’s battling drug and alcohol addiction and homelessness. But he continued to write and learned how to play guitar.
The current line-up of Rain is John McConnell guitar and vocals, Josh Mellon guitar, Gordon Glen on bass and keyboards and Debbie Irwin drums.
Their sound is a mixture of Rock and punk and owes heavily to early punk bands as well as bands from the 60’s..
Dream was recorded in the summer of 2006 at Night Owl Studios in NYC with Paul Snook as engineer. Rain produced the CD.
McConnell’s lyrical themes include alienation, addiction and songs about love delivered in his personal style.
Rain is proud of the CD and is looking forward to playing in the NYC area to promote the CD and eventually doing some touring.


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Scott Martin

Strong debut CD
A REVIEW OF “DREAM” debut CD of the band called RAIN
By Scott Martin

On Friday evening, September 29th, the group Rain, led by John McConnell, performed every song on their debut CD, “Dream” in the Fountain House KDR.
John McConnell wrote or co-authored all 13 songs on the CD. He plays rhythm guitar and is the lead vocalist. John is backed up by Josh Mellon, on acoustic and electric guitars, Gordon Glenn, bass and Debbie Irwin on drums.
McConnell draws from his fifteen years as a resident of Portland, Oregon for the material in these songs. It was in Portland that he went into drug rehabilitation, coming off the shot of heroin and coke. He addresses the problem shot musicians have, depending on the rush for the inspiration for cutting riffs in cut #4, entitled, “So Bad”. Listening to the words of these songs dredges up memories of platonic friendships with members of the opposite sex long since forgotten.
One question, Did John McConnell write and record while he was considered an addict? Perhaps he did and is punishing himself with less than flashy arrangements. This is not the fault of Josh Mellon, who sounded great live using a tweed tone for his solid body guitar-the most musical element of the group-or Gordon Glenn who gives a workmanlike performance on bass, or Debbie Irwin, who is nothing less than spectacular on drums, but squarely on John McConnell, who declines to jam, even though he could.
But the words and vocals on all the songs are worthwhile, a little reminiscent of Marvin Gaye’s “Inner City Blues” and pictorial at times like the best song on the CD, “Sunday Morning” which paints a pretty picture of the Columbia River city of Portland.

Erika

very cool
Good songs. John McConnell's voice is unique, poetic, and real.

Bob Koretsky

The Real Thing
John is the real thing!

matt asaro of new jams magazine

great strait up rock and roll band
a striking mix of early ny punk , garage rock and psychedelic music with the unique vocals of john and the tight intense guitar work of JOSH MELLON who plays a rhythm and lead style that reminds one of the best of keith richards and mick taylor
with a punk attitude they play gigs locally in nyc often check them out gig march 21st at the march 21 at the lions den sullivan st nyc check out the village voice for details ! support local talent !

matt asaro of new jams magazine

great strait up rock and roll band
a striking mix of early ny punk , garage rock and psychedelic music with the unique vocals of john and the tight intense guitar work of JOSH MELLON who plays a rhythm and lead style that reminds one of the best of keith richards and mick taylor
with a punk attitude they play gigs locally in nyc often check them out gig march 21st at the march 21 at the lions den sullivan st nyc check out the village voice for details ! support local talent !

City Voices, Marvin Speiler

Excellent album
I found the first CD by the band “Rain” has produced an absorbing album called “Dream”. The themes of the songs tell stories probably of the songwriter’s own personal experiences from his life. The CD is a very personal statement which is wonderful listening. Each song tells a story or sets a mood.

Elliott Madison - Fountain House Daily

Excellent raw album that captures a timeless urban experience
I have listened to the CD many times and have seen the band at least a half dozen times. This first CD of their's is a powerful musical rendition of the glory and darness of urban life. The lyrics and music are well matched sounding like early proro-grunge. John does an excellent job of capturing the joyful melancholy of the Northwest and Urban, while never forgetting that music should entertain. The blend of electric instruments and John's matter-of-fact voice makes an intersting marriage...part folk, mostly punk and a bit of old fashion rock and roll. The slef-titled track is perhaps my favorite and is instantly catchy. I encourage anyone who likes this type of music to order this rare albumn, you will not be disappointed.