Sinch Clearing the Channel
By Marcus Pan
Certainly not bad by any
means, Sinch's Clear the Channel release has a mainstream appeal through
its makeup. I can't put my finger on what they are lacking, but there's some
missing spark here that would have lifted them out of the plethora of heavy
rock influenced bands of the day that we all know, i.e. Creed, Bush, etc. But
it's certainly not a bad recording with solid musicianship, good mastering and
a good vocalist. Everything's...good.
Sinch's background is pretty standard fair. Beginning in the
parent's garage of vocalist Jamie Stem, Sinch's roots are traced to high school
gigging and clubs. Including Tony Lannutti's guitar work and well layed sound
design, Mike Abramson's bass and Dan McFarland's drums and percussion.
Released on Rock Ridge Music, Clearing the Channel
was co-produced by Linkin Park/Nothingface's Drew Mazurek. The fifth member of
Sinch is Jay Smith, who's "viditar," he uses to edit and put together live
video footage on the back wall to enhance the live version of Sinch's music.
The band as a whole have been touted, with this in mind, as the "brothers of
invention" by Philly Weekly and have started a wide reaching tour this past
The music as I said, found here on Clearing the
Channel, is...good. The heavy riffwork of All That's Left Behind is
one of the better modern hard rock tunes to hit in a while, for example, but
overall the band is missing something at least in studio that would put them
above the reaches of all the others vying to fill this genre. Identity
Theft is one of their better songs, with percussive-based guitar and bass
work coupling well with McFarland's drum work.
Almost blatantly Tool-like is The Last Scene, and
that's not to say this a bad thing by far. Good lyrics, head banging music with
bass and drums sharing duties and guitars alternating between a background
dirge and heavy riffs. Slow acoustic ballad Sails is a nice track and
well placed in the center of the album to provide a breath between heavy work
the band normally does. Vanishing Act meanwhile is a trance-like
instrumental that finds itself lost on this album even if it isn't a bad song
in and of itself. An excellent return to the heavier side of Sinch with The
Power of Suggestion follows, a highlight to Clearing the Channel.
Stem's vocals are quite good, very much on par with others
you'll find today. There's really no reason why a good portion of Clearing the
Channel isn't achieving major radio play nationwide, really, other than
notoriety of course. Hopefully with their touring and this recent release
they'll get the notice they need for this airplay. I number them as one of the
better modern heavy rock bands today...but unfortunately theyre just one
of many already there. Certainly not bad...I'm just hoping they can find
whatever it is that's missing to spark them to the charts.
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