CD REVIEW: Scott Leftwich and the Atarians - Love
By: Cyrus Rhodes
Artist: Scott Leftwich & The Atarians
Label: Independent Artist
Genre: Rock, Alternative Rock
Sounds Like: The Pixies, Oasis, Sammy Hagar, The Beetles
Weakness: A few winded songs, Mix
Scott Leftwich & The Atarians are a 4 piece band that hail from North Carolina. Reading from their bio: Drawing influence from the annals of rock history, Scott Leftwich & The Atarians have performed with the likes of Journey, Ace Frehley, and Def Leppard. Band members include: Scott Leftwich Guitar/Vocals, Blake Leftwich Guitar/Vocals, Brian Tate Bass/Vocals, Ricky Underwood Drums/Vocals.
The CD kicks things off with “Easier” a dynamic intro piece that serves up driving rock rhythm, infectious vocal harmonies and accents, with a catchy chorus and impressive finale. Track 2 “We Own the Night” shifts gears a bit with a steady flowing rock vibe against rocked out guitar and passionate vocal flow from Leftwich and company. This coupled with upbeat lyrical content makes for an interesting statement. Track 3 shifts gears with “The Look of Love” a methodical ballad that flows and ebbs it’s way though to emotional fruition with passionate vocal passion from Lefwich. As the CD slowly unfolds I can hear many different musical influences reminiscent of such classic acts The Pixies, Oasis, Sammy Hagar, and even The Beetles. The music itself is an upbeat blend of alternative rock with a grunge aftertaste. Besides the four piece standard you will also notice impressive vocal harmonies, a few ripping guitar solos all built upon a thick as a brick rhythm foundation. The songs themselves are short and sweet musical experiences. Leftwich is above the bar on all songs vocally and fills the sonic space peacefully and unobtrusively. He also showcases allot of emotional depth vocally as some songs are heartfelt while others kick your teeth in. The guitar work from Tate is equally as impressive with a playing style somewhere between classic grunge to alternative surfer rock. The overall 4 piece delivery is effective, above the bar and just a lot of fun to groove to. The writing, playing, and singing abilities of Scott Leftwich & the Artarians is rock solid. From heartfelt “The World Got in the Way” and “Two Hearts Bleed” to rocking “The Harder They Fall” to Desperate Measures” to grooving Let Me Throw it to You” to dynamic Something Wrong” this CD has something for just about everyone. The CD ends with “Our Next Meeting” the perfect faille statement for a CD of this caliber.
All songs over 3.5 minutes tend to drag you to the finish line. Though the mix is adequate, it's not what I would call legendary. It lacks dynamic, and has all the elements of a mid to late nineties amateur mix job. I might add it's 2012 so the bar is set high for independent artists like Scott Leftwich & The Atarians in this area.
Overall this self titled CD from Scott Leftwich & The Atarians is amazing. The music is clean, goes down smooth, and the messages are passionate, upbeat and positive. At the end of the day – they are a just a fun band to listen to, hang out with or check out live This release clearly proves they are one of the hottest Indie bands from North Carolina.