THE XTRONS HAVE LANDED or HOW I SPENT AN AFTERNOON LISTENING TO PROG ROCK

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“The XTRONs have landed…and other stupid shit” is the name of a concept album drafted by a few local musicians. I spent the first few hours listening through a handful of tracks, but that wasn’t getting me anywhere. I loved the jam band aspect of it, but that was about it. However, mass listening to the overall album as one piece worked better for me. Garage style attempts at prog rock always fascinated me and this is no different. If this means the start of an early Bluegrass Prog sound than that works for me.

Each song is a story onto itself. However, I never found myself caring for the story. Too many people want musical narratives and honestly, I fall more into the Joey Ramone camp. Keep it under 3 minutes, play it fast and move out of there. The artistic merits of jamming has always been overrated, as all people care about is the melody and the ability to stare at black lights during it.

I was approached to discuss the XTRONS by their lead guitarist. For an on-the-spot review, I know that this hasn’t followed any sort of format. Not that I care. I liked what I heard and I included a Grooveshark track at the bottom of this piece for you to check it out. If you like it, let me know. If you don’t, then shove it back in your earhole. This isn’t a democracy, this is AndersonVision.

For those of you that like it, I’ll see if I can bring the band members onto the site for an interview or cover more of their music. Their guitarist offered to teach me how to play guitar, but that’s not something that anyone needs.

 

THE BAND:

Kevin Bratcher –all guitars
Chris Bratcher -Bass and Keyboards
Dave Bray  — Drums
Listen to a track at Grooveshark:
http://grooveshark.com/#!/profile/The+XTRONS+Have+Landed/23414332
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