Sometime Sunday - Drain

Tuesday 1st April 1997
Sometime Sunday - Drain
Sometime Sunday - Drain

RATING 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 17503-14119
LABEL: Tooth & Nail TND1026

Reviewed by Jon Wilson

It turns out that this review is posthumous as the band decided to split after Cornerstone '96. On hearing this album I have to say that this is a terrible loss. Their style could be described as grunge, but the sound is a lot heavier than most grunge bands. There are some very distinctive qualities in this band that make them sound original. Firstly, vocalist Mikee Bridges has an immensely deep and powerful voice any rottweiler would be proud of. He doesn't overdo the angry vocal thing though, creating some laid back bluesy melodies. Guitarist Kevin brings a lot of space to the sound, often breaking into a lead and leaving out a rhythm part altogether. His solos aren't pointless and boring affairs, but some very soulful playing. Lyrics are simple but very effective, tending to focus on how superficial the world is. There is a strong feeling of determination throughout this album. For example, "Suffocate": "I can't follow you when you lead me down the wrong path, when you suffocate my life and try to kill my soul"; "She" contains some very cathartic words: "How do you love when you feel so much feel so much pain? How did you love when they shot your life down again?". This album is outstanding and interestingly enough was produced by now defunct Prayer Chain's guitarist Andy Prickett.

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Posted by Kevin Collins in Milwaukie, Oregon @ 01:00 on Mar 16 2009

"His solos aren't pointless and boring". Well at least I have that going for me!

Reply by Jon Wilson in Swansea UK @ 00:47 on Jul 20 2016

Hi Kevin! I doubt you will EVER read this reply to your comment because so much time passing. I only just realised that they'd published these online.

I wanted to say you were/are one of my absolute favourite guitarists and I don't feel the wording of my review did that justice! At all! I was young writing this didn't have a lot of space. When you're young I think you make the mistake of thinking everyone knows exactly where you're coming from. Growing up listening to metal and hard rock where guitar solos were mandatory even when they added nothing to the music, were lacking inspiration and creativity and skill, listening to players like you was so refreshing. You were a massive influence to me and revived my passion for sitting with the guitar and busting out a lead! I know your comment was humorously intended but I just wanted to respond well why not?!!

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