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Amidst the serene sound of waves crashing on Long Island’s shore, there comes the growl of distortion, ringing guitars, and a fantastic all around alternative /slash/ rock and roll album from Right As Rain titled The Canyons Between Us.
From the album’s opening sustain of guitar on “Hell’s Kitchen’s Finest” these tracks hook you!
Now forget the waves and the well-established Long Island art and music scene, or even Manhattan’s dark corners, Right As Rain could just have easily emerged from Seattle’s backyard, where the Grunge revolution helped straight-up rock and roll become resurgent.
The once stagnant rock music scene expanded a thousand fold, as an alternative twist revived a dying hair band music culture.
And this return to rock and roll opened doors to new innovative types of blues-based electrified tunes that continue to tread new paths to this day with Right As Rain’s The Canyons Between Us.
It is no surprise that the band’s influences from Weezer to Bright Eyes to Bayside are evident in their music, but what is surprising is the unique tones, subtle and adept lyrics, and all around creative talent that forms a polished and fully formed album that travels from gritty rock to harmonizing Beatles-esque singing to impactful bass drums.
And speaking of Weezer, here is a great take on Weezer’s “Waiting On You” from Right As Rain’s acoustic EP.
At the heart of the band are songwriters Dave Gross, playing guitars and vocals, and Brian McDonough, on guitars and hijinx, and they are accompanied by Dennis, on drums and vocals, and Matt, on bass and guitars.
The songs are thirteen and unrelenting in their range and creativity, as well as soulful singing and at times screaming.
An absolute gem of a song is placed last on this album, titled “Woodward Parkway”, which delves deeply into Irish folk ballads with its rhythmic structure, but has a modern edge that falls in between Flogging Molly (minus the harsh, metal infusion) and Woody Guthrie (but is much more bluesy and electric).
Simply put: I loved this album.
Right As Rain rocks on!
Rune Works News & Reviews GRADE: A+
“Right As Rain’s The Canyons Between Us ROCKS ON” was written by R.J. Huneke
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"So last night, prior to The Hobbit, I finished editing the 1st draft of my most recent novel...a full-on sci-fi endeavor...now I will transcribe the edits...work on the Pitch...and PITCH it! Excited I am!"
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Well the gods have spoken and Rune Works is finally approaching the birth of some very interesting projects.
That said, I am not sure if it is the American Gods (a la @NeilHimself ~ Neil Gaiman) or some other Rune based specimens but regardless the following are on the horizon and will start to grow rapidly in 2013:
Cassandra DeMario’s book of poetry has a story that will be told via graphic novel imagery and her words melding for an innovative piece of art, and Rune Works will be have its first Limited Release edition some time later this year. The exquisite editor and poetess extraordinaire can be found on her web site: www.cassandrademario.com
A screenplay of a bleak future, a beaten photographer, and an impending revolution (led by the same incredible woman) is in the works to become a potential film. Author R.J. Huneke is penning it, and he is adapting his most recently completed novel for the project. Find him on: www.rjhuneke.com
In the same breath as the announcement of the movie adaptation, R.J. Huneke is also putting together stark images pieces of artwork and creating a graphic novel based off of his newest fiction creation.
2013 will be the launch of fantastic story telling the likes of which the world has never seen!