Thank You Scientist
Band/Artist: Thank You Scientist
Album: Maps of Non-Existent Places
URL – http://www.last.fm/music/Thank+You+Scientist
About the Artist: “Maps of Non-Existent Places” is the follow up CD to “Perils of Time Travel” EP by New Jersey 7 piece rock band “Thank You Scientist” It was released in 2012 and was described by the band as: “Darker, denser, more complex and heavily orchestrated, yet brimming over with infectious poppy hooks and harmonies. This is the sound of a band discovering themselves, and letting their imaginations flow freely.” Well Played. Band members: Mark Radice – vocals, Andrew Digrius – vocals, trumpet, flugelhorn, trombone, David Bodie – percussion, Ellis Jasenovic – soprano saxophone, tenor saxophone, Odin Alvarez – drums, percussion, Russ Lynch – vocals, mandolin, violin, viola, Salvatore Marrano, Tom Mondra – vocals, acoustic guitar, fretless guitar.
Review: “Maps of Non-Existent Places” is their second official release and it has much to commend it. Admittedly, there is a whole lot of variety to these arrangements and performances. First: The impressive band delivers rock solid playing like a well oiled machine. This is testament to hundreds of hours of rehearsal time no doubt. Second: Vocalist Radice’s voice hit the mark remarkably well. Third: their sound and amazing songwriting touch is action packed. In fact one could classify Thank You Scientist as a four genera artist: Progressive, Classical, Alternative and Fusion Jazz-Rock. All songs are a skillful combination of all the aforementioned genera’s. Music will remind you of King Crimson, Edgar Varese, Mahavishnu Orchestra, Soft Machine and even Mike Keneally. Thank You Scientist have the power and songwriting prowess to be extremely dangerous. There’s also a unique quality to this catalogue that breaks the mold when compared to the overly predictable, forgetful rock that’s been filling the airwaves lately. What am I trying to say – well let m start by saying there is nothing predictable and forgetful about Thank You Scientist. Not every square inch is filled with musical ambience delivered under duress – but musical space this allows the music to breathe on its own with passion that cannot be faked. Equally as impressive is how marketable this band is as they have effectively found the voice for all frustrated Prog-Rock fans out there. It covers so much ground and despite this it manages to not spread itself to thin across to many lines – nice touch. This is harder to do than it sounds and can only be a by product of being ones self musically. I’ve always said if you can play it a party, then it’s marketable. The music is extremely marketable – with a raw sound that is passionate and entertaining very much like the band.
Favorite Track; Blood on the Radio:
Criticism: Not the most marketable record I’ve ever heard
Download/Purchase Link: http://www.cduniverse.com/productinfo.asp?pid=8781516
Conclusion: All 10 tracks will genuinely rock your world, shake the tree and lift your spirits unlike most music you hear on the radio these days.
Final Rating: 5 Star rating average – This CD gets 4 stars
Written by Heather Savage Edited by Drew Blackwell