Nashville Fires: Latest album by Phonolux
In 2009, Phonolux treated us to their self-titled album and this Saturday, April 7, after much sweat and sacrificed vocal cords, we get to enjoy “Nashville Fires.”
This album above all else exhibits Phonolux’ continued growth as a band. The listener is able to experience a wide range of layered sounds, unexpected shifts and varied vocals. On lead vocals for “Nashville Fires” is Buddy Calvo, who delivers a piercing performance for songs: Control, Disco Shows, Bored, Shadow, Looking Back, Easy, Tumbleweak and Nashville Fires.
From the album, Disco Shows is a favorite. I was surprised to find myself in the same mindset as if I were listening to Billy Corgan of Smashing Pumpkins. It is still to be determined whether it was the lyrics or the sense of outright emotion that spilled from the music. But, this pleasant surprise was one I least expected.
In “Nashville Fires,” Phonolux flexes its muscles. Other songs from the album include: American Dream and The Hipstocrite (with Miguel Romero Jr. on lead vocals) and Talking in My Sleep (with Dave Novak on lead vocals). Allowing the listener to hear multiple leads, lends itself to the maturity of the artists.
Another great song from the album is Talking in My Sleep. This song is extremely relatable. Picture yourself listening to a song-soothing, with a steady beat and great harmony. At nearly two minutes, you realize you have been in a trance. I found myself thinking I had once thought these same words. The strength of “Nashville Fires” comes from its subliminal ability to communicate yearning and desire to branch out and seek change from your surroundings.
The album closes with the song Nashville Fires, which is a delicate vignette painted by Buddy Calvo. Make sure to mark the time for 3:30. This is where you will definitely find yourself rocking your head to the music.
“Nashville Fires” is an exciting album for Phonolux displaying their tremendous talent and meaningful lyrics. Props to the band. Looking forward to hearing it live.
Saturday, April 7, 2012 marks the date of the Phonolux album release of “Nashville Fires” at 502 Bar. Cover charge is $5, which includes a personal copy of “Nashville Fires” in DigiCard format. More about Phonolux.