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Tectonic

by The Take

Mainstream Rock - combining elements of Pop, Alternative, and Indie into a fresh new sound.
Genre: Rock: Modern Rock
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1. Of Course It Hurts
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2. All Up To You
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3. Now or Never
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4. Over Me
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5. Drift Away
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6. What Did You Find?
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7. Without Words
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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While the Rock and Roll of their fathers may have finally found its resting place, The Take isn’t letting that stop them from taking music in the next logical direction. Look no further than their independently released “Tectonic” EP; a seven-track display of versatility in melody, mood and musicality. They have found themselves in between genres but singer Joe Vivona sees that as, “nothing short of a compliment…[we are] making mainstream rock the way it should be; musical, catchy and real.”
The versatile vocals displayed by Vivona and the lead guitar riffs and solos by Nick LaFalce compliment each other brilliantly and hint at a great new duo in the making, while the songs themselves are fit to fill the arenas. The album starts with the strong and infectious “Of Course It Hurts”, and keeps up the intensity with a heavy-grooving “All Up to You”, complete with an Auto-tuned pre-chorus and a blazing guitar solo. “Now or Never” has a modern Beach Boys feel to it, complete with spot-on vocal harmonies and a great hook. “Over Me” shows a softer side; a mostly acoustic track with assorted percussion to accompany it and a three-part vocal harmony that would make Crosby Stills and Nash proud. “Drift Away” and “What Did you Find?” get the listeners back onto the dance floor, each with its own style. The disc ends with “Without Words”, a seven minute ballad-turned-epic that begs you to sing along.
“Tectonic” shows itself as an excellent résumé from start to finish, proving that they are capable of doing many great things in the years to come.


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Emily Besen

Muhlenberg Weekly Review
In today's musical climate of relentless synthesizers and overproduced squalor, there's nothing more refreshing than a group of endearing guys creating infectious rock straight from the heart. Lucky for us, New Jersey based four-some The Take, has got it covered. With Muhlenberg's own Nick LaFalce on lead guitar, Joe Vivona singing vocals, Tommy Lenehan on guitar, Mike Collins on drums, and guest appearances from Muhlenberg's Justin Mayfield on bass, The Take brings us catchy as heck pop ballads layered with the musical complexity of distinguished rock. The Take's seven-track EP Tectonic, is one ride you don't want to miss.

With one listen to "All Up to You" its clear The Take's got star power. The auto-tuned intro draws the listener into an exhilarating vortex of heavy hitting drum beats and a driving guitar riff emphatically topped off by LaFalce's brilliant 40-second solo. While songs like "Of Course it Hurts" are shining beacons of The Take's signature sound, "Over Me" provides a welcome interlude. Like an island oasis in a sea of electric reverberation, the stripped-down track showcases the guys' sensitivity with lyrics like "Please just go you're making it worse now by standing there with your arms crossed/Leave me be I don't need you anymore." Though there are no words profound enough to do Vivona's voice justice. Here we see his immense vocal range, from chanting falsettos to the depths of the pleading chorus, a three-part harmony of "Go/You're making it worse." We see the band's softer side yet again during "Without Words'," dramatic opening. But of course The Take is all about surprises. The winding acoustics break into a seven-minute ballad complete with the zealous anthem, "With high hopes we swallow the pain that is to follow."

Yet the only pain that follows is the startling realization that the Tectonic journey has come to an end. From start to bittersweet finish, The Take invigorates listeners and guides them down a path of self-reflection replete with passion, dexterity, and vitality. Tectonic supplies enough energy to fuel your next ten dance parties.

Scott Hall

This album is sharp as a razor and oozing with machismo.
Seriously though.
I have to say this is a fantastic record from start to finish. Where many bands fail musically, these guys bring it to a new level. Where many bands fail lyrically - these guys tell it straight and true.
This LaFalce/Lenehan songwriting duo could be the new Difford/Tillbrook or dare I say, Lennon/McCartney. But only time will tell that, this is their only their first effort. And they have youth on their side.
The vocals remind me of a sort of - Justin Timberlake meets maybe Brett Scallions (of Fuel)... I'm not sure about that but it's an edgy soulful pop rock voice which I think many listeners will eat up as he grows and expands his vocal abilities into his 20s and beyond.

This album is worth the $7 - or whatever it is on itunes.