CD REVIEW: Hurricane Chaser - The Map Is Not The Territory
By Don Sechelski - 08/26/2009 - 09:10 PM EDT
Artist: Band: Hurricane Chaser Album: The Map Is Not The Territory Genre: Rock Technical Grade: 10/10 Production/Musicianship Grade: 10/10 Commercial Value: 10/10 Songwriting Skills: 10/10 Best Songs: The Heist, Sparrow, Barricades CD Review:
Seattle band, Hurricane Chaserís new CD, The Map Is Not The Territory, begins
with a hypnotic beat laid down by Moises Padilla on drums and Ben Obec on bass.
Nathan Spicer weaves in keyboard line while Brad Zeffren delivers a strong
vocal. Zeffren and Derek Pulvino add some tasty guitar. This is good rock and
roll. The song is Racing A River. The
next cut, The Heist didnít disappoint
either. The insistent guitar riff that anchors the song rocks the band through
a song of robbery gone awry.
Zeffrenís vocal over a latin spiced rhythm laid down by Obecís snaky bass line
and Padillaís percussion. When the lead guitar comes in, full of passion and
distortion, the song really takes off. Crowds
of the City is a nice rock number with solid guitar work. Barricades was one of my favorite songs on the CD. Zeffrenís
vocal with Obecís harmony fronts a Mark Knopfler style guitar part. When the lead kicks in backed by Spicerís
keyboard, the band rocks.
The Map Is Not The
Territory is a very strong offering from Hurricane Chaser. This is a band
with strong commercial potential. The Map Is Not The Territory was produced
by Brad Zeffren and he also wrote all the songs. But the band does a great job
of supporting the songs and bringing them to life. The songwriting is sharp and
melodically strong. The arrangements are very interesting and the production is
clean. This is pretty good stuff. I would not be surprised to hear Hurricane
Chaser on the radio or backing a movie. Check
out The Map Is Not The Territory by Hurricane Chaser.
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