Rhodes | half a mind to stay

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half a mind to stay

by Rhodes

British street rock, a unique blend of musical experiences steeped in blues, 60s power rock and folk music.
Genre: Rock: 60's Rock
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1. Magician
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2. Wheel
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3. Should Have Known
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4. Tonight
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5. Rescue
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6. Bones
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7. Angel of the Summer
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8. Love to Be With You
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9. You Can Save Me
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10. Half a Mind to Stay
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Rhodes is a band with a modern take on the classic blues-rock sound. Between the band members there are roots that include everything from British guitar rock, Texas Blues, and early metal rock, to folk and bluegrass influence singer/songwriters.

The band was formed by 4 friends who had played together for years before joining together in this current lineup. Phil Siems (bass) and Ryan Allshouse (drums) have been playing and performing together for almost 10 years before joining with Daniel Whittington (lead vocal and rhythm guitar) and Darren Clarke (lead guitar) to put together the beginnings of what would become “Rhodes”.

Early on there was a recognizable energy and presence to the music that was different than anything that they had experienced before. It showed the promise of being the kind of band that could create the kind of music they had always dreamed of making.

The process of songwriting and reworking the music to prepare for the album took almost 3 years. In today’s world where technology puts no boundaries on creativity, Rhodes cared the most about the authenticity of their work and capturing the presence and energy they are known for.

They wanted to create something with similar boundaries and technical limitations to their heroes – Van Morrison, Cream, Bob Dylan and Jeff Buckley.

So the album was recorded in the old school fashion, as a band, with no studio trickery. All tracks were laid down in solid and complete takes with no overdubbing. The results are raw and organic with two guitars, bass, drums, vocals and lots of heart.


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Mark Cloud

Great first release. Live energy in a studio recording.
By sticking to basics, Rhodes brings their live shows into the studio and your iPod. It's rare to find a first release with this sophistication of arrangement, lyrical depth, and solid performance. A wealth of influences spanning 4 decades is woven into 10 songs that are refreshingly original while sounding timeless. I have a hard time deciding which I like best, the rockers or the ballads. Is having 10 favorite songs on a single album allowed?

Jon Gill

Love Magician !
Saw Rhodes perform and met them backstage opening for Aerosmith in East BF? No really, Paso Robles CA. Sorry for the low rating but I feel this album is more for special tastes and though a leading off with a sure "hit" , Magician, it's a little too soft for me. But live, the boys certainly rock it up pretty well. I play Magician over and over. Nice guys to! Hope to see you again soon..........Jon G

Lanny Hall

Spend the money now - it's worth it.
Half A Mind to Stay quickly got imported to my iPod and then into my car's CD player. The music seems fresh and timeless, with a compelling energy. Since the lyrics are so strong, I would have liked them to be included with the CD, or at least posted on the band's website.

Mr. Atwood

Discover a talented group before everyone else
Listening to Half a Mind to Stay makes you want more than 10 songs, but it's the perfect number. No filler tracks - all killer. If you have half a mind, you should buy this album now.

Mark Spyrison


Finally, a great rock band that's not stuck with wayward testosterone and adolescent concerns. This tight group has an arsenol of powerful songs, both musically and lyrically. Refreshing, stirring arrangements with real emotional impact. Phone the neighbors and wake the kids!

Tom

Great sound, lots of variety between songs, great lyrics
Musically very interesting, love the vocals, has a real timeless quality to it, can't wait to hear live.