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Push (UK) - 2010 Strange World

ALBUM: Strange World
YEAR: 2010


LINEUP: David Saylor - vocals * Brett Hammond - guitars, keyboards * Nick Lloyd - guitars * Paul Pryor - bass * Rob Hewins - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Stand Up And Fight * 02 Red Light * 03 Miracle Of Love * 04 Burning Desire * 05 Strange World * 06 Hannah * 07 All I Can Give * 08 Secret Lover * 09 Man On The Other Side * 10 Giving It All Away * 11 Over The Hills * 12 Voices Calling * 13 Secret Lover (Spanish Version)


Former 80's British band Push (UK) become the first band to be released on brand new label AOR BLVD Records. Push have a history that goes way back to the mid 80's, when they were called Series Red. It's interesting that the band were kept on the outer during the mid 80's British AOR era, perhaps only known by those in the tape trading/demo circuit. During the mid 80's, Push (UK) had showcased to the likes of RCA, CBS, Island and Virgin Records. By 1987, they had recorded twelve demo tracks, but no one was buying. Shy vocalist Tony Mills sang briefly with the band, when Saylor was occupied with prior commitments elsewhere. By 1990, the band had called it quits, but the band members were all active in other projects including Siam, Wishbone Ash, Big Mouth, Enrique Iglesias and Ricky Martin. Though Push (UK) may have been forgotten about for the best part of twenty years, good music still survives, and thanks in part to the dedication and enthusiasm of a few key individuals - including the AOR BLVD duo of Paul Rudland, Kelv Hellrazer plus Tony Mills and Brett Hammond, it was decided to re-record the original demos, and release it in 2010 under the banner 'Strange World'.

The Songs
And what a set of tracks these are! The band are centered in the same territory as Heartland, Virginia Wolf, FM and maybe Rio as well. There are other reference points as well, which we've identified on each of the songs. The material switches between guitar inclined rockers and lush keyboard oriented pieces. I like the ideas expressed here, and I find it unbelieving that the band couldn't land a deal back in the day. Record Executives were an unusual breed back then, thankfully most of them are no longer in the industry - these days bands can record and release their music without such bureaucratic roadblocks. Let's take a look at these tracks then:

Push (UK) kick off with a strident rocker 'Stand Up And Fight', it's kind of a Bon Jovi like tune, circa their first two albums. Certainly that would seem to be where the inspiration comes from.

'Red Light' will appeal to those fans of Brit AORsters Rio, particularly from that 1985 'Borderland' period. It does come with some Survivor like licks on the solo section, you'd swear Frankie Sullivan joined the band for an afternoon session.

'Miracle Of Love' is probably the most familiar track here, full of parping brass synths and hi-tech arrangements, it's a purists form of AOR that is presented.

There is a heap of smooth keys and instrumentation on 'Burning Desire'. It does have the feel of a late 80's song, Canadian even, in parts I was reminded of the excellent one-off outfit Jato.

The bass lines pump away on the title track 'Strange World'. Hard to ignore the FM influence here circa 'Indiscreet'. Big woah choruses and a similar structure in the arrangement makes this one that the Overland brothers would've been proud of - if it had been written by them.

'Hannah' takes us on a ballad journey, it's a busy track with lots happening behind the scenes. Very synth laden, similar in fact to the recent Tony Liddle CD we reviewed recently.

Going even more hi-tech is 'All I Can Give', synths dance around all over the place, the arrangement is a bit cluttered to my ears, but is extremely melodic nonetheless.

The ballad 'Secret Lover' is a gorgeous tune, mostly acoustic with an electric change-up mid-way. David Saylor evens sings a Spanish version which is at the tail of the CD.

'Man On The Other Side' is a track I didn't care for unfortunately. It sounds like Heartland having an off-day, the synth parps suck, let's be honest, the song sounds weighed down by a treacle like production.

'Giving It All Away' is another track that didn't max out my excitometer. The arrangement is kinda straight forward and lacks something, though admittedly the chorus is ok. Again, the synth parps destroy any credibility this song might initially have had. I think Mr Hammond must've had a stuck patch changing key on his synth! lol!

Push (UK) gallop across the countryside with 'Over The Hills', a bounding tune, in the Dare/Thin Lizzy vein, though a weaker version thereof.

'Voices Calling' is a full sounding tune. Again, Heartland circa their debut album is a good fit for this song.

In Summary
Not all of the songs are consistent across the CD, this is probably due to the fact that they were recorded at different stages of the band's career. I would say that the first half of 'Strange World' is very strong, it tends to decrease in quality the further you navigate through the CD, though for the most part, nearly all the songs are very enjoyable. Push (UK)'s 'Strange World' is the first cab off the rank for the fledgling AOR BLVD Records. We should see an interesting assortment of rare and undiscovered material released in future, and knowing Paul and Kelv, the quality will be right up there. To read the original press release of Push (UK) and AOR BLVD Records - click here...

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#1 | george_the_jack on April 03 2010 02:42:18
I've donloaded the demos from the Hard rock-AOR heaven blogspot and all I have to say is WHAT GEM THIS IS! Can't stop listening to these muddy-sounding demos.What we have here is pure mid 80's Brit-AOR of the highest quality! The 'Heartland' references are spot on.World class singer, catchy melodies and overall very strong songwriting.Hope the guys from AOR BLVD have made a good job(Have they George?) as the demos I'm listening to, absolutely lack sound quality.If so, I have to order the CD ASAP! I bet this will easily enter the league of my all-time faves! No exaggeration at all!
#2 | gdazegod on April 03 2010 10:20:06
Forget those demos. The quality is blah.
#3 | george_the_jack on April 03 2010 12:30:10
Oh sorry.I've just seen that they re-recorded the stuff from the beginning.I thought there was a remastering and a special treatment of the songs based on the new studio technics.
Well, where can I buy it? Looks like AOR BLVD has not created a website yet.
#4 | mystichealer on April 03 2010 20:11:16
Kelv or anyone please, where the heck is this release?
#5 | gdazegod on April 04 2010 02:27:29
I have the promo CD. The official version will be out soon.
#6 | george_the_jack on April 04 2010 11:46:23
Can't wait!
#7 | KelvHellrazer on May 21 2010 21:34:44
#8 | george_the_jack on March 31 2011 13:15:58
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#9 | george_the_jack on March 31 2011 13:16:47
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