Local artist Sam Page hails from Southern California and his debut album, Breach, was released in mid-January 2013. Prior to its release, its singles “Tumbleweed In the Grand Scheme” and “I Don’t Want to Think About Her Anymore” had received airplay in terrestrial and internet radio stations (including KSSU.com, notably in Aerrow Shapiro’s Hour of Power), which led to interviews in select college radio stations.
The album’s first pre-release single, “Tumbleweed In the Grand Scheme,” is basically an upbeat and guitar-driven track laced with catchy lyrics that offer a good representation of his style and of things to come later on the album. The follow-up (and also the album’s opening track), “I Don’t Want to Think About Her Anymore,” is another guitar-driven alternative pop/rock song that lives up to the expectations of this artist’s ideal sound.
In addition to those two singles, Breach has some other tracks that stand out as its highlights. “Hold On” provides a sound owing to Weezer while also having a tinge of Dinosaur Jr., especially with regard to Sam’s singing. The song “Pheromones” gives a hat tip to They Might Be Giants by adding some educational overtones in the lyrics set to a mix of guitar, bass, and drums. “A Little Love” is another upbeat track that provides a potentially memorable chorus with a guitar solo thrown in for a good measure. And finally, the closing track, “Hello”, starts off as a slower rock song then picks up the pace, ending the album on a high note.
In conclusion, this album is worth checking out. If the aforementioned songs are satisfying enough upon listening to them, I recommend the entire album, thus making this my album pick for February 2013. That about wraps up my article for Aerrow Shapiro’s Record Club. Tune in next time at around the first week of next month for another album pick.
Aerrow Shapiro is a KSSU.com DJ who hosts a weekly hour-long alt/indie show called Aerrow Shapiro’s Hour of Power, which currently airs on Wednesdays at 2 PM PT. For more information you can check out the show on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/HourOfPowerKSSU) and on Twitter (@hourofpowerkssu).