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Review: Hero The Band, “Bleach”

No Comments 10 April 2016

Review: Hero The Band, “Bleach”

“What I really appreciate here beyond the supremely catchy, inventive dance rock on Bleach is the message of love and self-appreciation that Hero The Band is intent on delivering with their music.”

Artist: Hero The Band

Album: Bleach

Genre: Pop / Rock

RIYL: Prince, Boyz II Men, Lenny Kravitz

Hero The Band - Bleach

I’m not proud of this, but sometimes when I see a “dance” tag I pre-judge what I’m about to hear. The important thing to note, however, is that I’m fully prepared to admit when that predisposition gets completely blown out of the water by something unexpectedly great. Here we have the four Brothers Barnett (Jerramy, Nicolas, Justin and Derran “D.J.”), also known as Hero The Band, from Atlanta proving me woefully wrong with their debut album Bleach.

“A.T.L.” kicks things off with a mesmerizing groove and ambitious vocal track that eventually gets punctuated by a really compelling rap break. This is the type of song that intrigues fans and wins them over. “Expectations” follows and sets a high bar for what’s to come after; indeed, my expectations not only increased but were ably matched with its infectious melody. I could easily hear this in any club and would willingly pull my friends out on the dancefloor. “Heartbreaker” is radio-ready, a blend of rock, dance and soul that captures this quartet in a blistering performance that will appeal to a crossover audience.

“Hot Tub Time Machine” is another interesting atmospheric pop rock song that capitalizes on their expansive influences - I can hear everything from Queen to Prince in this song, and the vocals soar. This is a great sample of how captivating and melodic the songwriting is and ultimately, the high bar these brothers have set for their performance level throughout the record. “Fool’s Gold” is yet another tune that begs for the dancefloor, and impressively blends confidence with musicianship (and also has a pretty great music video to go along with it - check it out on YouTube here: “Fool’s Gold”

What I really appreciate here beyond the supremely catchy, inventive dance rock on Bleach is the message of love and self-appreciation that Hero The Band is intent on delivering with their music. When that intent shines through, it’s expansive and joyful and a gift to the world. And can’t we all use some of that positivity and self-love in a decidedly abrasive society? It certainly can’t hurt, and neither does this polished, infectious, and uplifting record from Hero The Band. 


Hero The Band: http://www.herotheband.com/

 

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