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Radio Sun, The - 2016 Outside Looking In

ARTIST: Radio Sun, The
ALBUM: Outside Looking In
LABEL: Melodic Rock Records
YEAR: 2016
SPONSOR: Steve Janevski


LINEUP: Jason Old - lead vocals, guitar * Steve Janevski - lead guitar, backing vocals * Robbie Erdmanis - bass, backing vocals * Ben Wignall - drums, backing vocals

Additional Musicians: Paul Laine - duet lead vocal 'Wink & Smile', production * Brett Garsed - guitar solo 'Falling For You'

TRACK LISTING: 01 Can't Get You Out Of My Head * 02 Standing On The Edge Of Love * 03 You'll Never Know * 04 Switch Off The World Tonight * 05 Broken * 06 Fall To Pieces * 07 Wink & Smile * 08 Outside Looking In * 09 My Heart Is One Fire * 10 Baby Blue * 11 Falling For You * 12 Bullet Proof * 13 Someone Tell My Why My Heroes Are All Dying * 14 Beautiful



It was good to catch these guys at Melodicrockfest Australia back in May. The guys were pulling all manner of double and triple shifts during that weekend, including Canadian legend Paul Laine. And so a few months on, we see TRS and Laine hooking up again, this time in the studio for the third installment: 'Outside Looking In'. The Radio Sun seem to be taking giant strides with each new album release, and becoming permanent mainstays in the melodic hard rock genre. The album jacket is an interesting apocalyptic vision of the future, maybe either one of the Presidential idiots in America has memorised the numbers to the nuclear codes?

The Songs
'Can't Get You Out Of My Head' climbs straight into it, some trademark Radio Sun gets us going early on. Very anthemic in feel, with chant-driven vocals for all of us to join in on. 'Standing On The Edge Of Love' is a continuation of the opener, and is one of my go-to tracks even if it is so early in the track order. The acoustic intro to 'You'll Never Know', is deceptive, because it soon makes way for some blistering hard rock, vocals and guitars leading the way. The guitar parts on 'Switch Off The World Tonight' harks back to the late 80's dash/flash of a band like Damn Yankees. It's the first sngle off the album, no wonder! TRS could also get mileage out of the next track 'Broken', which to my ears, sounds like pure AOR. Love the low-key keyboard work in the mix too. 'Fall To Pieces' is driven by a steady rhythm section, and some fiery guitar work from Steve.

Paul Laine joins the band for a sing-a-long on 'Wink & Smile', the song zings along at a good clip, it's followed by the rather excellent title track 'Outside Looking In', which sits in the middle of ballad and rocker, something the band excel at. 'Baby Blue' sit nicely in the radio-oriented mould; again - not quite ballad, but not quite full-blown rocker either. TRS bring in lead guitar extraordinare Brett Garsed for a solo spot on 'Falling For You', which was surely a pleasant surprise to all those Nelson fans. Loads of vocal choruses flood 'Bullet Proof', while the song is delivered with a bit of vigour. The ballad 'Someone Tell My Heroes Are All Dying' is an apt song referencing all the departures during late 2015 and 2016. Just look at our obituraries thread for proof. Good track, and good on TRS for bringing it up. 'Beautiful' is the album's finale, driving hard to the end; again with guitar energy and vocal choruses to the max.

In Summary
As you probably noticed in the article, The Radio Sun really excel in bringing songs to life with attention to detail given to vocal harmonies and the ability to transition between ballads and rockers, sometimes within the context of one song! Coupled with their previous albums, this is band worth latching onto if you haven't done so already. The Radio Sun will be out on tour supporting the album, with gigs lined up in Australia, U.S.A, U.K and Japan. There's no excuse for not seeing them perform live. Go to it!

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