Written by Fense
Cracking the Digipak CD case on TK Webbâ€™s (MySpace) Ancestor, I wasnâ€™t sure what to expect. The cover portrays giant wooden gates opening in the middle of either a desert dusk or dawn, and the sparse clouds are starkly white against the deep blue sky. The back shows a similar landscapeâ€”but without the doorsâ€”at night. In other words, the art is anthemicâ€¦ Ancestor is anthemic!
Take â€œYear 33â€, where guitars echo amidst a powerful vocal chorus. And look at the softly somber opening to its follow up in â€œGod Bless The Little Angelsâ€ and its crescendo into epic guitar noise before it drops back into the spacey emptiness. It quickly becomes apparent that Webb is the master at writing heartfelt songsâ€”no, heartfelt rock songs.
Joining Webb is ex-Love As Laughter musicians Brian Hale and Nic Gonzalez, and on bass a new name in Jordan Gable.
The greatness in the make-up of epic and anthemic rock is that it supersedes traditional rock in not only by beautifying itâ€”in the sense that anthemic rock creates emotion, simply from enormous quantities of skilled guitar-work, explosive percussion, and masterful bass-linesâ€”and moving volume from gigantic heights to un-impenetrable lows. Thatâ€™s exactly what The Visions do on soft, bluesy tunes like â€œPatience And Fortitudeâ€ and the ear-splitting volume in â€œ1000 Hornsâ€.
Coda: Ancestor is out this week on Kemado Records and, if you’re here in Seattle, you can catch TK Webb performing at El Corazon on September 4 with Witchcraft.
TK Webb & The Visions: Teen Is Still Shaking [mp3]
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Kemado Records [CD, 2008]
1. Teen Is Still Shaking
2. Year 33
3. God Bless The Little Angels
4. Closed Caption Slang
5. Patience & Fortitude
7. Hope You All Are Gone
8. Dreen Drone Death
9. 1000 Horns
10. Isle Of Grizzly White
11. Time To Go