Friday, March 11, 2011
[bostonbandcrush.org] When everyone thinks of rock in Central Square, they think of maybe one or two clubs right in the heart of the thing, right? The good people of the All Asia are giving you reasons to walk a block towards Boston on Saturday night, with a bill featuring Kathrine Pohl, The Juice and today’s featured band Hazard Adams. Now we just need someone to appoint them as Dukes. Thank you, thank you, I am here all week. No, really. I am.
DOWNLOAD: Hazard Adams - “Last Stop" (right click, save as)
"Last Stop" doesn't try to mess around and get all cutesy and dodgy on you. From the very start, the song presents itself honestly, starting off on the tonic of the key, pounding it home with only the difference of an octave and a forcefully catchy rhythm. In terms ofd non-stop rawk! power, "Last Stop" has no need to beat around the bush. Every thing that happens in this track happens all the way, as if the band doesn't know how to give anything less than 100%.
With the principle guitar track holding down the basis of the song's tonality, the vocals are free to start and go wherever they want. And they do, exploring the various tensions implicit in the various intervals of the song. It's almost as if the vocals test out the main attractions in the rock song genre - the dominant seventh, the in-between sixth and the powerful fifth. They clearly can't pick a favorite, as they work their way around these stops; but they give each plateau a look, as if to see what the view is like.
The track's gear shifting is another big draw; knocking things up and down a few notches here and there, from verse to chorus and other parts. Hazard Adams doesn't skip around and create weird leaps in dynamics. They instead move things logically, upshifting and downshifting through the turns of fhe song like an expert race car driver that keeps full control of his or her car all the way through the track. If "Last Stop" is Hazard Adams' main vehicle, then they are piloting it smartly and it should carry them through many races.
Posted by Dan Goldin at 7:32 PM