THE PARACHUTING APOSTLES – Dish Pig (EP) written by Heather Savage edited by Michael Rand
Musical Genera: Alternative Rock, Progressive Rock, Hard Rock
Overall Rating: 5/5
“Dish Pig” is the latest release from 5 piece Philly band The Parachuting Apostles released in 2012. I would describe TPA as: darker, denser, more complex version than most Alt-Rock bands out there right now with infectious poppy hooks, harmonies and better than average playing.
Band members: Louis Graff (guitar/vocals), Kenny Luu (guitar), Jake Dean (bass), and Branden King (Drums).
“Dish Pig” is their latest release and it has much to commend it. Admittedly, there is a whole lot of variety to these arrangements and performances. First: The impressive band delivers rock solid playing like a well oiled machine. This is testament to hundreds of hours of rehearsal time no doubt. Second: Vocalist Graff’s voice hits the mark remarkably well within the context of this catalogue. Third: their sound and amazing songwriting touch is action packed. In fact one could classify TPA as a four genera artist: Progressive, Alternative, Hard Rock and even a dash of early 90’s Classic Rock. All songs are a skillful combination of all the aforementioned genera’s. Music will remind you of Jon Foreman, Kutess, Hawk Nelson and Falling Up. TPA have the power and songwriting prowess to be extremely dangerous. There’s also a unique quality to this catalogue that breaks the mold when compared to the overly predictable, forgetful rock that’s been filling the airwaves lately. What am I trying to say – well let m start by saying there is nothing predictable and forgetful about TPA. Not every square inch is filled with musical ambience delivered under duress – but musical space this allows the music to breathe on its own with passion that cannot be faked. Equally as impressive is how marketable this band is as they have effectively found the voice for all frustrated Prog-Rockers out there. Dish Pig covers so much ground and despite this it manages to not spread itself to thin across to many lines – nicely done! This is harder to do than it sounds and can only be a by product of being true to ones self musically. I’ve always said if you can play it a party, then it’s marketable. The music is extremely marketable – with a raw sound that is passionate and entertaining very much like the band.
Final Word: All 13tracks will genuinely rock your world, shake your tree and bend your mind and imagination – unlike most music you hear on the radio these days.
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