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Xeron - 1985 Does Anybody Hear

ALBUM: Does Anybody Hear
LABEL: Oronsay
YEAR: 1985


LINEUP: Larry Leon - vocals * Trevor Jay - guitars * Paul McPhee - guitars * Geoffrey Bowlick - bass * Jeff Wolfe - drums

Other Musicians: Mike Tavera - all keyboards * John Woloszyn - rhythm guitar (all tracks except #5) * Marc Anthony - backing vocals (tracks #4 and #5)

TRACK LISTING: 01 Visions * 02 Changes Calling * 03 Breathless * 04 Does Anybody Hear * 05 Would You Belong To Me * 06 Lonely Street

This 6-track mini album has been around the wants-lists of many punters for years. Xeron, another in a long line of Los Angeles based bands had been in existence in differing guises since the late seventies. They have a tight professional sound, which fits squarely into the harder reaches of AOR. Though Xeron don't have a dedicated keyboardist, ivories are quite prominent on this album. Comparisons would include the recently reviewed Saint, plus San Francisco outfit HYTS, both bands displaying at times heavy-handed power alongside melody. Xeron's record label Oronsay was a small subsidiary of Enigma Records, though I don't think I've ever seen any other act on that label before or after this effort.

The Songs
Growling guitars reminiscent of the recent Los Angeles metal scene greet us on 'Visions'. Thankfully the track is full of tight vocal harmonies and cascading keyboard layers, keeping a lid on any full-on metal tendency the band might have have had, though the rollicking drum-work at the end nearly sees them head off into glory ride! Strutting hard rock with high-pitched vocals and keyboard stabs take the lead on 'Changes Calling', a good track, but even that is surpassed by the excellent 'Breathless'. A track which can be best described as a near carbon-copy of White Sister. Without doubt this track is the pick of the bunch! Side two unfortunately doesn't carry the same level of interest as Side one. It commences with the subdued title track, the thought-provoking 'Does Anybody Hear', asking the hard questions of life, but musically it plods along in a semi-acoustic direction. 'Would You Belong To Me' is geared toward a poppier sound, though still hard-hitting, particularly at solo time. 'Lonely Street' is basic rock fodder, though the heavy-handed nature of it makes it marginally more appealing.

In Summary
All in all, an impressive mini-album, particularly on side one which has many positive attributes that melodic rockers tend to look for. It is a pity they never went on to bigger and better things, though judging from the time they were in existence, they certainly had their opportunities. Singer Larry Leon later surfaced in another Los Angeles band called Big Mouth, who released an excellent album in 1997 called 'Hands Of Time'.

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#1 | super80boy on January 01 1970 01:00:00
Xeron's one off is a cool little indie private press with above par production values. Interesting fact about the record label being an off shoot of Enigma…The lead off 'Visions' is a huge song with lots of cool keyboards and a big time chorus
#2 | swazi on May 18 2014 20:44:40
Very cool album! I second that wish for a full length release.
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