Thank you twitter for allowing me to discover this brilliant thinking band.
While we are still waiting for something decent to escape the massive monster that is the music industry, I decided to check out some of the bands that follow me on social media, I’m glad I did since I would never have found this amazing Hard Rock/ Metal 5 piece from Indianapolis, USA.
September Sky, formed late 2010, is made up of Scott Bernhardt on vocals, rhythm guitar is provided by Larry ‘Oz’ Craig, shredding the lead guitar is Mark ‘Shred’ Lentz, Martin Baker hammers out the drums and finally but no means least, Tobias Konnersman bringing up the bass tempo.
The band states on their website that “has made it a priority to write original tunes that speak. A hard hitting stage show and an emotional approach best describes this group” and I totally agree with two of those statements since I’ve not had the pleasure of seeing them live just yet.
Musically September Sky sounds quite similar to Tool with its hard hitting guitar work, almost hypnotic baselines, pounding drums, clean and thought provoking lyrics, but without being just another carbon copy clone.
The band's last release was their 2nd EP Letter to Fear back in 2013 and while only being 6 tracks long it showed they have more talent and ability than most bands on the radio today. Letter to Fear starts off with 'The Fight' and is just an amazing opener, the first riff just sets the tone and the song never lets up, as soon as I heard it I found myself nodding in time straight away.
'Letter to Fear' follows and the title track is a showstopper, heavier than 'The Fight' but slower and more powerful lyrically with a killer guitar solo about 2 minutes in. The closer 'Fallacy' is the last stand out track of Letter to Fear and I found it interesting, the opening guitar riffs sound almost old school Papa Roach, while the drumming's early 90’s Korn, then the lyrics open up and the whole song switches to a Tool vibe and it is brilliant, it keeps shifting between these styles and works on all levels, normally when a group uses a few other band’s techniques and tries to make them work in one song it sounds horrendous, but September Sky have found a winning combination.
The band will be 6 years old later on this year and while there has been a change of drummers with James Kline replacing Martin Baker, have no intentions of slowing down, just have a quick check of their Facebook page and they are uploading videos from the studio, preparing for another tour and even talking about another record.
I sent a quick message to the band asking if they had a rough release date and got my answer pretty quickly back that a 3rd EP is expected in summer this year. I only discovered this band just before Christmas and very quickly it has found itself on my Spotify playlists and on heavy rotation.
I can only thank Twitter for this and recommend everyone to get on all social media as there are some amazing bands out there of all sizes, just waiting to be found and heard by all. I got lucky and September Sky followed me first but I’ll definitely be checking the bands on all Ronon’s Reviews social media a lot closer from now on, you never know what hidden gems you’ll discover.