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Radio Sun, The - 2015 Heaven Or Heartbreak

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ARTIST: Radio Sun, The
ALBUM: Heaven Or Heartbreak
LABEL: Melodic Rock Records
YEAR: 2015


LINEUP: Jason Old - vocals, guitars * Steve Janevski - guitars, vocals * Robbie Erdmanis - bass, vocals * Ben Wignall - drums, keyboards

Additional Musicians: Paul Laine - duet 'Science Fiction Make Believe', guitars 'Dying Without Your Love', additional backing vocals, keyboards * Zakk Zedras guitar solo 'Hanging By A Thread'

TRACK LISTING: 01 Caught Between Heaven & A Heartbreak * 02 Tell Me What You Want * 03 Dying Without Your Love * 04 Science Fiction Make Believe * 05 Hanging By A Thread * 06 Do You Remember Me? * 07 Walk Away * 08 Maybe * 09 You're The One * 10 Madness In The World * 11 One In A Million * 12 I Might Lie (limited edition bonus) * 13 After The Rain (limited edition bonus) * 14 Caught Between Heaven & A Heartbreak (acoustic, limited edition bonus)



TRS are another local band for mine, originating out of the hot-bed that is the Melbourne melodic rock scene. The origins of this band go way back into time, if you count Jason and Steve's efforts with Square One which had morphed from the band 40 Alexander before that. The Radio Sun came into play around 2013, and their first CD 'Wrong From Right' captured the band playing in a modern pop/rock style. Perhaps an updated version of the Square One sound that went before? This year sees their second effort 'Heaven Or Heartbreak', and now the band are moving more along the AOR path, which is fine and dandy for most of the readers here at GDM. I played this album the other day and when comparing it to 'Wrong From Right', I felt there was a point of difference. Singer Jason Old still has that Darren Hayes meets Rick Price vocal thing going on, which is why much of their material has that modern pop/rock slant occurring.

The Songs
Starter for ten - 'Caught Between Heaven & A Heartbreak' gets off to a flyer. This one is quite moody and intense. At least you get to hear two versions of the song (the other is an acoustic version), that is if you have the Limited Edition CD. The second track 'Tell Me What You Want' is a very racy number. This is very similar to the band 40 Ft Ringo from a decade ago. By the time we get to the third track 'Dying For Your Love', we have hit ballad territory. It's a sweeping song, with orchestration in the background. 'Science Fiction Make Believe' is the fourth song. It features Canadian Paul Laine who provides musical backing. I really like this one, mixing up a subtle blend of synthesizer and guitar. The fifth song, 'Hanging By A Thread' is also a racy and powerful track. This one features some chugging guitars all round and a hot solo by Serpentine Sky guitarist Zakk Zedras. The quality continues with 'Do You Remember Me?', maybe a slight Roxus comparison can be accorded here. Fine by me because this one sounds fantastic. The band push it up a notch for 'Maybe', aggressive guitars when required, while the slower verses are the launchpad for some excitement elsewhere. 'Madness In The World' with its strutting guitar is a reminder of that modern pop rock/nu breed era from that 1998-2002 timeframe. If you have the Limited Edition CD, TRS perform cover versions of Andy Taylor's 'I Might Lie' (from 1987's 'Thunder') and Nelson's iconic 'After The Rain'. Very cool.

In Summary
If you are new to The Radio Sun, then they come highly recommended, particularly if you are into melodic rock. The band will be playing locally in Melbourne over the next few months, and they are scheduled to appear at MelodicRockFest Australia in May 2016. Give them a go.

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