Austin Bridges — Awake the Day
((Not on label) no#, 2004, CD)
by Sean McFee, Published 2005-09-01Austin Bridges is a Christian rock band, who use music to contemplate the mysteries of the universe. I also like to contemplate the mysteries of the universe, which include why Austin Bridges sent a copy of Awake the Day to Exposé. It is not that the guitar/guitar/bass/drums quartet cannot play rock adequately, or that they can’t write a tune. It’s not even that I’m offended by religious lyrics, because honestly whatever reason someone has for going through their day not being a total asshole is good enough for me. But, well, this is a rock album, nowhere near the boundaries of progressive rock in any conceivable way. It’s kind of basic, really, with the verses having no variation in delivery and the structures often a bit too formulaic, with pretty heavy chorus repetition to pad out the song lengths. If any reader happens to be a Christian rock fan, definitely give Austin Bridges some consideration, because they do this well enough, but, honestly, c’mon guys...
Related artist(s): Austin Bridges
Jon Christensen RIP – Word reaches us today of the passing of Norwegian drummer Jon Christensen, a musician whose sensitive playing did much to help define the atmospheric sound of ECM jazz recordings. His work with Jan Garbarek, Bobo Stenson, Terje Rypdal, and many more was sensitive and varied, adapting to a wide variety of styles while maintaining a distinct identity of its own. Christensen was 76. » Read more
Gong Announces UK Tour for 2020 – Having spent the last few years touring the world, including dates in Japan with psych legend Steve Hillage, multiple headline European tours and festivals, America’s Cruise to the Edge festival, a South America headline tour, and a headline performance at Tomorrow Festival in China, the band have won the hearts of both traditional and modern Gong fanbases. During this live journey, Gong has delved further into the truly psychedelic, exploratory, and mind-expanding side of the music. » Read more
Wolfgang Dauner RIP – Pianist Wolfgang Dauner, one of the pioneers of both European free jazz and jazz rock, has died at the age of 84. With his own groups and with the United Jazz+Rock Ensemble, his playing and compositions were a prominent presence in European jazz from the mid-60s until just recently. » Read more
Michael Allison RIP – Michael Allison, who since 1997 has been recording as Darshan Ambient, passed away on January 9th after a long and brave battle with cancer. He has been at at the forefront of the new ambient/electronic music scene, with over eighteen releases to his credit. » Read more