Album Review: From The Sandcastle

I was at home watching the Steve Wilkos Show when a commercial came on, so I flipped channels to Cool TV. I’m not sure how broad this channel is, but where I’m at it’s an all music channel and unlike Music Television, they actually play music. A lot of it. They rock.

Every now and then I’ll pass by and hear something awesome that I love and haven’t heard in a long time, but a lot of times I’ll come across artists I’d never heard of and I like it. This is one of those times.

When I flipped the channel I found myself at the middle of a video for a song that sounded like an old blues/rock tune and it was really good. What caught my attention more than anything was, there was a guitar solo playing. Rock of today doesn’t do that much.

The longer the video went I got a good look at who the band was, and they were kids! Young guys, jamming out. They reminded me of Black Tide, young guys playing music from an era that was around before they were. It was nice, and it put me in a happy place. Awesome, I got a new band to listen to.

I watched to the end of the video and found out the band is Tyler Bryant and the Shakedown. The album, the only one they have out besides an EP, is From The Sandcastle, and it’s a blues/rock album straight from the streets that Eric Clapton and Buddy Guy used to walk down. Blues infused, in your face rock. It has its slow moments, but not many.

Through eight tracks I listened and I loved them. There were a couple that had different sounds to them, like “Good Life”, which sounds like a Tom Petty song (he even references Petty in the song).

The best songs I heard though were “Shackles”, “House That Jack Built”, and the one that brought me to them in the first place, “Say A Prayer”. All good stuff, and if you’re into that kind of music, definitely give them a listen to.

How about I just give you a taste. You can find the rest of the album on Youtube, which is where I got it.

Now, I’m going to give this album a strange score. Basically, I preached it high and proud, but I’m only giving it a 3 1/2 stars out of 5. I did this because for one, it’s only 8 songs. Ten would have been perfect, but 8 seems a little shabby. And two, there were a few moments on the album that I wasn’t as impressed as I was with the other parts. As it is with just the music, 4 stars easy, but there’s only 8. Check it out though, great stuff.

Also, check out the bands website and read the bios of the members. WOW.

EDIT: Correction, From The Sandcastle is listed as an EP. They have two, the other one being a 4 song called My Radio. I haven’t listened to it yet. Since it is an EP, I’ll give it a 4 out of 5.

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