Sumerlin - Runaways

Published Sunday 4th May 2014
Sumerlin - Runaways
Sumerlin - Runaways

RATING 6 6 6 6 6 6
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 148480-21762
LABEL: Dream 0616316800991
RELEASE DATE: 2014-02-17
RRP: £1.00

Reviewed by Mike Rimmer

On paper, this band from Wilmington, North Carolina sound like a great prospect with the marriage of melodies and pounding intense rock topped off by powerful vocals from Dan DiGiovanni. Unfortunately while there are moments when the album catches fire, overall it didn't connect with me. For example, opening cut "Heartbeat" should have worked with its crunchy guitars and anthemic hook but its cluttered sound made me feel like I was being hit over the head repeatedly with a shovel and not in a good way. The overall production sound lets the album down as it often feels cluttered and muddy which is not a good combination so it doesn't make the musical impact that it should. I did like "Breaking Out" where I get a glimpse of what the band could be but overall the melodic/intense rock mix doesn't work successfully because for the moment with this muggy production it simply grates. A shame, because it could have been so much more.

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Sample Track Listing:
1. Heartbeat [Listen]
2. Walking In The Dark [Listen]
3. Here With You [Listen]
4. Breaking Out [Listen]
5. Counterfeit [Listen]
6. You Always Were [Listen]
7. As I Am [Listen]
8. Speak Up, Speak Out [Listen]
9. War [Listen]
10. Voices [Listen]
11. Louder Than Words [Listen]
12. More Than A Memory [Listen]

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Product Description
In the wake of swarming bands fighting for a musical footprint in a scene flooded with genres that mimic one another, Sumerlin stands apart by blending the importance in being both culturally relevant and spiritually significant. They have so much to offer to everyone - with their heart for ministry, passion for live performance and drive for musical entertainment.

Sumerlin's new material is a mix of power pop and ambience-textured rock music. Waiting On You marries soaring vocals with crushing guitars and rippling guitar notes to create a tense dream effect. Their singer Dan DiGiovanni is a solid frontman for the band's edgy but sweet-tempered sound. This genre of pop-rock tends to be overly cure and simple but Sumerlin transcend it, making something that sounds larger with more emotional presence. DiGiovanni's coarse yet humble-reaching vocals underscore the under-manicured sound from the band.

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