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FROM THE COLD
Usually when a group of very talented musicians get together to record
or play the results can be disastrous. Instead of cohering as a unit, each
performer tries to out do the other. That’s not the case with the new self-titled
CD from the band In From The Cold as the immense talents of Maria Sebastian
(vocals), Jack Sherman (guitars/bass) and Gary Mallaber (drums/keyboards)
merge to form a pleasing adult pop sound. Of course the most recognizable
name here is probably Mallaber’s. He is world known for his session and
live playing with Steve Miller and Bruce Springsteen and for his work with
the local legends Raven. However, the contributions by both Sherman and
Sebastian are impressive.
Good songwriting, playing and
an adult sound not found on radio today, this is intelligent music for
intelligent people. This does not translate to chart success nor does it
rack up sales like the mindless pap they feed the masses. The CD is too
adult sounding for alternative stations and not bubble gummy for the other
formats. (kudos to WBNY for playing In From The Cold) While some have found
success in this style of music, radio programmers and AOR people seem to
have no idea what to do with adult artists except to put a cowboy hat on
them and country-fy them. Hopefully this won’t happen to In From The Cold.
The twelve track CD kicks off
“Let’s Be New”. The guitar and drum intro perfectly sets up the vocals
of Sebastian. All throughout the CD, I was impressed with her clarity,
phrasing and the emotions she expressed. Mallaber and Sherman add solid
musicianship with their uncompromising vision. The arrangements and pacing
of the songs is in part why Sebastian’s vocals are so good.
The wobbly sound of “I
Might” chugs along as Sebastian wrangles with indecision. Nice bridge in
the middle of this one too. “Hearts, Stars & Fireworks” is more adventurous
with a harder sound on guitars and drums. My favorite track is the fourth
one on the CD titled “We’d Never Do” an acoustic tinged number in the best
Lone Justice/ Neko Case tradition. On this one Sebastian’s vocals ache
with the pain of someone who has had her heart ripped out and stomped on
by a former lover. The laconic and lucid guitar solo and background strumming
are superlative. Absolutely beautiful! This would sound perfect in one
of those Meg Ryan romantic comedy movies during the required break-up scene.
This could be an avenue for the band to explore to get this music heard.
Other favorites include the thick guitar sounds of “Please Don’t Wear Me
Out” and the lover’s lament of “Here With Me”. When you hear Sebastian
sing the refrain of “Here With Me”, you know she means it.
After some live shows in Buffalo
and Los Angeles over the summer, IFTC is on semi-hiatus right now. The
entire band is continuing to work on other projects they are involved with
and are preparing the next IFTC release as well as shopping this disc to
the record labels.
The CD is currently available at New
World Records on Elmwood Ave. and Media Play on Sheridan Dr. only. For
more information on In From The Cold go to www.infromthecold.net
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