July For Kings
July For Kings are proof that losing a major label record deal doesn’t necessarily mean the end for a fledgling band. Instead, as Monochrome demonstrates, it can herald a new beginning.
Monochrome is actually the band’s second independently released record since the release of Swim while on MCA, but is arguably a stronger representation of the band’s diverse creative influences and maturing songwriting prowess than its predecessor, Nostalgia.
July For Kings’ trademark melodic rock sound is showcased on atmospheric opener “Houses Made of Stained Glass,” but the band’s diverse sound comes to the fore on the delicious pop-flavored “Say It Now” and the country-tinged “Sam.”
Elsewhere, singer Joe Hedges’ songwriting skill and vocal range are demonstrated on the powerful “Like a City” and the acoustic ballad, “Blue,” while the upbeat rock of “100 Pianos” and “Emma” are real melodic gems.
But the best of a really eclectic bunch is the superb “Six-Hour Drive,” which builds from a gentle acoustic opening into a song of real commercial potential, and which could deservedly propel July For Kings into the national spotlight once again.
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