Rock-Powerpop band Rock Garden ply their trade in and around Ajax,Ontario just outside of Toronto, Canada. The band have released their 10 song self-titled debut CD from which the first single, “Wanna Be Bad,” will be lifted on the 26th of November.
If you enjoy hook-filled, foot-stomping melodic gems packed into about three-and-a-half minutes of the best eighties sounding powerpop, then look no further. “Wanna Be Bad,” rolls back the clock to something different, yet familiar. If you need an excuse to jump around your room, this is it. Great ‘pick-you-up whenever you need it’ music. Just haul out and play your air guitar while jumping all over your room to the infectious beat of this fantastic power-pop showcase, which is loosely based on the style that made bands like The Knack, 20/20, Plimsouls, Motels and the Romantics become pop-rock icons.
The above principles apply to the entire self-titled, “Rock Garden” debut album. This is great power-pop that is easy to listen to yet rocks all across the floor. It’s fun music with punch.
Yes, real Rock ‘N Roll may now be lost as a pure art-form – but Rock Garden are seriously attempting to keep various fragments of its splendor “alive and well,” while taking us back to our youth at the same time. Ah, the good old days when people simply wrote good songs and could actually play instruments that didn’t have to appear on a monitor screen or be installed onto a hard-drive!
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On their debut album, Rock Garden deliver ten pop/rock gems characterized by driving beats, great drums and bass work, and solid vocal deliveries. All sprinkled with infectiously powerful guitar hooks and riffs. This is classic addictive power-pop that does not allow you to sit still.
Standouts for me, apart from the “Wanna Be Bad” single release, are the suggestive, dirty grind of “Cryin’ Shame” and “La La Land,” the laid-back “Fremont Street,” the bizarre but rocking “Come On Get Your Groove On,” and the equally rousing “You Do Me Good” and “Vegas.”
“Rock Garden” is an album bristling with instantly memorable songs that are packed with energy, emotion, powerful drumming, melodically moving bass lines, superb, lyrical guitar solos and vocals delivered with conviction.
If straight-up rock and powerpop is your bag, this is one of those albums that you can put on, and play all the way through. There’s not a clunker in the bunch.
Rock Garden have recently been signed to Canadian-American Records, the label who in the 1950’s released popular artists such as Santo & Johnny, and Linda Scott. The label is now owned by the former pianist of Bill Haley and The Comets, Joey Welz, who says about the new single: ‘Wanna Be Bad” should bring adoring fans from all over the world.’
Rock Garden Band Members:
Terrance Dawson: Lead Vocals, Guitars
Zsuzsana Dawson: Keyboard, Vocals
Adam Clarke: Vocals, back up instruments
Ray Porrill: Percussion
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