Up Close and On Fire – CD Review – Radio Exile: Self-Titled Debut
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Radio Exile: Self-Titled Debut
Radio Exile is a band that effectively worships classic rock…and does it quite well! The time spent by the musicians in this group playing for greats such as Paul McCartney, Bob Dylan and Hall and Oates, as well as members of Pink Floyd and the Rolling Stones, has left an indelible mark on the output of these next generation rockers.
Radio Exile’s self-titled debut feels like an album that could have been recorded in the 70s, yet it stands out as a polished and masterful take on old school rock and roll for a new generation.
The opening track, “High Road, High Price” opens with a solid drum line and a driving rhythm guitar with the feeling of going on a journey towards the top of the world of rock. “A Cross on Stone” is a song lead on by a mellow acoustic rhythm and has a background keyboard sound similar to older Genesis songs. Closing out the album is a song that borders on early metal at times, yet maintains the overall structure of good old rock. “Road To Exile” feels like the journey that began on “High Road, High Price” can only go on further with only good news to come.
This album has nothing but high notes in its production and is sure to find its way into the collection of old school rock aficionados.
Chandler Mogel / Lead and Backing Vocals
Charlie Calv / Piano, Keyboards
Jimmy Leahey / Guitars, Backing Vocals
Kenny Aaronson / Bass
Dave Anthony / Drums, Percussion, Backing Vocals
In the post era of the FM dominated airwaves comes a new generation of classic rock, RADIO EXILE.
On rare occasions, some magical-artistic vibe goes out calling up a unique set of musicians to create groundbreaking music. When truly great musicians come together, the resulting brotherhood/sisterhood embraces their diversity, enabling them to collaborate so as to push through otherwise insurmountable boundaries. Collaboratively, they each pour the very best of what makes them cutting edge individually, into one dynamic presentation. For the rest of us, we are compelled to listen over and over.
When Charlie Calv decided to send out the vibe, he probably didn’t anticipate collective perfection, but that is what he got. When Charlie and Chandler Mogel wrote the music and lyrics for these songs, they could not have anticipated the individual masterpiece each would become. But that is what they got. Take two brilliant writers and musicians, collaborating with some of the best individual players in the world and you understand why this music is so strong. RADIO EXILE is one of the very best hard rock projects to come along in many years.
Individually, the musicians that come together to form RE, perform on stage or in the studio with the greatest artists of our time. This list includes Paul McCartney, Bob Dylan, Hall and Oates, Allison Krauss, Billy Idol, John Waite, members of Pink Floyd, Styx,Journey, Van Halen, the Rolling Stones, and Black Sabbath. This talent pool has been tapped, used, and appreciated over the years. Now, together as one, five brilliantly successful, creative worlds collide in a panoramic musical explosion.
The lineup is notable with Charlie on keyboards and Chandler on lead vocals. Jimmy Leahey contributes his soulful guitar playing, and all are constructed on the rhythm foundations crafted by bassist Kenny Aaronson and percussion specialist Dave Anthony. Their impressive resumes list their many accomplishments, but only hint at what RE truly represents. What makes this project so epic is that these five distinguished artists draw us in to experience their passion and love for music right along with them. From the hard-hitting, bombastic percussion of “High Road, High Price,” to the gospel infused “A Cross on Stone” – featuring the voices ofJessie Wagner (Kid Rock and Lenny Kravitz), Joe Cerisano (TSO and Silver Condor) and Amy Harnell (Tony Harnell and The Mercury Train) – these tracks are sure to stand the test of time.
Enlisting Grammy-nominated engineer/producer Steve DeAcutis (Vanilla Fudge, Cyndi Lauper, Corey Glover, etc…) and veteran producer/A&R man Steve Lunt (Britney Spears, ‘NSync , Joan Jett ,etc…), the latter who first honed his skills alongside the legendary Mutt Lange as vocalist of the chart topping British band City Boy, the guys checked into the SPA (Sound Spa Recording) and an immediate synergy took hold. The finishing touches were then added by top mastering engineer Alan Douches (Fleetwood Mac, Yes, Train, Pete Townsend, etc….) at his West West Side Music facility.
Reuniting some old friends, and making some new, RADIO EXILE is a fantastic blend of hard rock that will not disappoint the existing fans of any of these musicians. In fact, RADIO EXILE is sure to gain a new generation of fans who will be hungry for more. When the sure hand of destiny channels the melodic heart, we celebrate the creation. RADIO EXILE is exactly that and more. Just listen….e to edit.