Over the last few years, MorningSide has made an impact in the local music scene in Philadelphia performing at the city's most respected venues including a jam-packed CD release party at Grape Street Philadelphia as well as a headlining how at the historic Trocadero Theater. The band received support from WMMR by appearing on Jaxon's Local Shots Vol 1 on a few short months before releasing their first full-length album 'Road Less Traveled'.
Sean MacGregor (Vocals/Guitar), Pete DiCanto (Lead Guitar), Rob Duffey (Bass Guitar/Vocals) and Ben Kless (Drums) continue to stir up energy show after show. The songs continue to evolve but core of the music remains to be the driving riffs, the giant hooks and an undeniable groove.
The Abuse You Own - New Album - New Attitude - 06.27.09
I reviewed a preview track from Morningside’s new album last month, and now the time has come to review the album in full as it’s scheduled for online release in the UK today (02/06/09), and the US release is scheduled for 27/06/09.
I got to know Morningside through a combination of Twitter and the blogosphere, and they are a shining example of a band who know how to use the internet to their advantage. Through a mutual following on Twitter they read an article (this one) that I wrote about free music, blogged it, and when I commented to thank them they offered me some music. From then I submitted a track of theirs to the Insomnia Radio Daily Dose (listen and download here) along with a short review, and now I’ve been sent a copy of the full album, which I’m now going to plug the hell out of to you. Great how the internet works, eh?
Anyway, to the music. Morningside’s approach to self-promotion and networking may be modern but their sound is stone-cold classic, it’s rock for rock’s sake and it works. The Abuse You Own has a definite post-grunge feel to it but with elements which hark back to the vintage rock sounds of the 70s and early 80s. It’s a whole-hearted, foot stompingly rockin’ record but with a melodic undercurrent that lifts it away from sounding too grungy. Add in solid guitar work, some excellent solos and vocals that are passionate and just slightly strained and you’ve got a cracking record, which is just what this has turned out to be.
Listen out for ‘Givin’ It Up’, a good old fashioned classic rock knees-up; ‘Alone In Your Grave’ which was featured on Insomnia Radio’s Daily Dose and is 100% pure rock n’ roll; and ‘Photobooth’, an energetic riff-fest that mixes things up with its varied structure and face-melting guitar solo.
In all, a great offering from a band that knows how to rock. And after hearing this, I definitely want to party with these guys!
The Abuse You Own is available to buy at the iTunes Store, or for retro CDs go to CDBaby! I thoroughly recommend it.
Find Morningside on MySpace and Twitter.
~ by Sarah Morrison on June 2, 2009.