CD REVIEW: Save the Radio - Calculating the Sum of Your Life (EP)
by: Cyrus Rhodes
Save the Radio
Alternative Rock, Indie Rock, Punk
Save The Radio, a Tampa/St. Petersburg, Florida based modern rock band has been drawing industry comparisons to such iconic adult contemporary acts as Goo Goo Dolls and Matchbox Twenty. Mixing the neo-Motown vocals of Gavin Degraw, post-punk soundscapes of The Psychedelic Furs and the raw grit power-rock of Foo Fighters, Save The Radio brings a driving spirit and synergy to their radio-friendly rock side while exposing a soulful, melancholy bliss to their vulnerable alter-ego. In May 2013, Save The Radio was signed to a 5 song EP with TazBull Their New Single “Add It Up” is set to go to radio in January, 2014. Band members include: Shawn Scheller (Lead Vocals, Guitar, Bass), Michael Mackewice (vocal, Load Guitar0, TL Jentgens (Drums, Percussion), Joe Cosas (Piano, Bass, cello, Mandolin, Violin).
The EP explodes in your face with “Life In Rewind” a grinding guitar groove meshed against driving rock rhythm, emotionally charged vocal delivery and well placed harmonies and melodic chorus from Scheller. Track 2 “Add It Up” serves up another solid low end groove, with methodical musical build, dynamic musical flow coupled with hooky harmonies and impressive vocal feel from Scheller. Track 3 my personal favorite “Higher Than Heaven” downshifts slightly with its thought provoking lyrical content, heartfelt vocal delivery and infectious melody that flows and ebbs its way through to emotional fruition. As the EP unfolds I can hear many musical influences reminiscent of Bon Jovi, Gin Blossoms, Tonic, Sister Hazel and The Verve Pipe. Right from the start you will notice Scheller and company feel quite comfortable just letting it all hang out musically, not holding anything back. The overall musical vibe has a nice, refined Rock, Pop indie feel to it. The guitar playing is rock solid across the board as he dishes out impressive guitar licks, keyboards, Piano, rock solid rhythm guitar playing and one mesmerizing guitar solo. Scheller’s got a rock solid vocal timber and is full of passion and recklessness abandon. He really let’s it all hang out behind the microphone and showcases a impressive baritone and falsetto to boot. As a singer he showcases a very confident vocal ability and reminds me a lot of Jon Bon Jovi. Did I Mention he also plays Bass and Guitar. Scheller is a marquee talent within this band and he could even be bigger that any of us realize at the moment. All the Engineering aspects are in check (Recording, Mixing, Mastering) as the CD possesses solid low end punch and crystal clear high end clarity. The musicianship from all the other members in the band has everything you would expect from a standard 4 piece rock band. The songs themselves are consistent musical experiences, each one possessing unique personality, flair and signature groove. This EP has something for just about everyone. The EP ends with Track 5“As Long As You’re With Me (Homeward Bound)” the perfect finale statement for a CD of this caliber.
I typically deduct 1 star for EP releases. The full length release is the most complete snapshot to judge an artists by at any given moment in time. The small break in the action on Track 2 at around (1:30) sticks out like a sore thumb, and sounds supper corny and cheesy to me. I also wish there were a few more solo segments through the EP. All songs over 4 minutes tend to drag you to the finish line.
In close “Calculating the Sum of Your Life” by “Save the Radio” is an action packed musical teaser rom start to finish. It’s strong suit – its songwriting feel almost as if you were watching a band play live in the studio. This EP has a lot of emotional depth to it as as well and cover a lot of ground musically and emotionally. If these guys have a slam dunk live presentation then that would be a deadly combination no doubt. The songs are extremely melodic, passionate, marketable and powerful – and will no doubt get your adrenalin pumping while tugging on your heart strings all at the same time.
. Almost as if you were Calculating the Sum of Your Life