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Rock Ain't Dead
by Raffaele Quirino
"Excellent work on this top-notch indie release featuring the distinct vocals of Terry Dawson, ably augmented by the boys and girl (Judith Dawson) in the band. Imagine the guitar crunch of Cheap Trick and the Electric Prunes with the drawling "slice-o'-life" observation-styled vox of The Tragically Hip and you're beginning to get the picture. Their debut CD features excelle nt power-pop derived rock like "Wanna Be Bad" and "Gold" alongside broody, melancholic rockers like "Fremont Street". Also worth checking out "Crying Shame" which features horn-charts and a mid-tempo rockabilly beat that'll thrill fans of the genre. Production work is exceptional and the band really gels well. In short, a "must hear" set that proudly sez "rock ain't dead".
Passion and Charisma
by Joshua Smotherman Middle Tennessee Music
Rock Garden is a four piece band from Ontario, Canada that combines elements of power pop and classic rock to create energetic, passionate music.
If you enjoy music by The Romantics or The Knack, Rock Garden is for you.
The members: Terrance Dawson (Lead Vocals, Guitars), Zsuzsana Dawson (Keyboard, Vocals), Adam Clarke (Vocals, back up instruments), Ray Porrill (Percussion), are unique in the sense they represent a wide range of ages as well as musical styles. This means the band is able to write some great songs due to their combined life experiences.
If anything comes across in their new single, Wanna Be Bad, it is the passion and charisma that emanates from the group. According to Dawson (lead vox/guitar):
“Our lyrics range from being deeply introspective and poetic, to saucy and suggestive. We play intricate powerful guitar melodies. Our vocals are melodic, and the drums are jazz-influenced. Rock Garden is rock at its most diverse, with our classic rock roots and big nods to jazz, folk and straight up blues.”
This single is off their upcoming self-titled debut which will be available on November 26.
Rock Garden recently signed with Canadian-American Records (headed by Joey Welz of Bill Haley and The Comets). This label was popular in the 1950s for releasing artists such as Santo & Johnny and Linda Scott.
I hope they send me an advance copy of the album ;)
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And Jamsphere says...
Rock-Powerpop band Rock Garden ply their trade in and around Ajax,Ontario just outside of Toronto, Canada. The band have released their 10 song self-titled debut CD from which the first single, “Wanna Be Bad,” will be lifted on the 26th of November. If you enjoy hook-filled, foot-stomping melodic gems packed into about three-and-a-half minutes of the best eighties sounding powerpop, then look no further. “Wanna Be Bad,” rolls back the clock to something different, yet familiar. If you need an excuse to jump around your room, this is it. Great ‘pick-you-up whenever you need it’ music. Just haul out and play your air guitar while jumping all over your room to the infectious beat of this fantastic power-pop showcase, which is loosely based on the style that made bands like The Knack, 20/20, Plimsouls, Motels and the Romantics become pop-rock icons. The above principles apply to the entire self-titled, “Rock Garden” debut album. This is great power-pop that is easy to listen to yet rocks all across the floor. It’s fun music with punch. Yes, real Rock ‘N Roll may now be lost as a pure art-form - but Rock Garden are seriously attempting to keep various fragments of its splendor ”alive and well,” while taking us back to our youth at the same time. Ah, the good old days when people simply wrote good songs and could actually play instruments that didn’t have to appear on a monitor screen or be installed onto a hard-drive! On their debut album, Rock Garden deliver ten pop/rock gems characterized by driving beats, great drums and bass work, and solid vocal deliveries. All sprinkled with infectiously powerful guitar hooks and riffs. This is classic addictive power-pop that does not allow you to sit still. Standouts for me, apart from the “Wanna Be Bad” single release, are the suggestive, dirty grind of “Cryin’ Shame” and “La La Land,” the laid-back “Fremont Street,” the bizarre but rocking “Come On Get Your Groove On,” and the equally rousing “You Do Me Good” and “Vegas.” “Rock Garden” is an album bristling with instantly memorable songs that are packed with energy, emotion, powerful drumming, melodically moving bass lines, superb, lyrical guitar solos and vocals delivered with conviction. If straight-up rock and powerpop is your bag, this is one of those albums that you can put on, and play all the way through. There’s not a clunker in the bunch. Rock Garden have recently been signed to Canadian-American Records, the label who in the 1950′s released popular artists such as Santo & Johnny, and Linda Scott. The label is now owned by the former pianist of Bill Haley and The Comets, Joey Welz, who says about the new single: ‘Wanna Be Bad” should bring adoring fans from all over the world.’ Rock Garden Band Members: Terrance Dawson: Lead Vocals, Guitars Zsuzsana Dawson: Keyboard, Vocals Adam Clarke: Vocals, back up instruments Ray Porrill: Percussion
Wanna Be Bad debuts in UK!
The sound of Canadian band Rock Garden comprises classic rock and power pop, and could easily be compared to such bands as The Romantics, and The Knack. Unlike these bands however, Ontario based Rock Garden feature members at a range of ages. Zsuzsana Dawson, keyboardist and vocalist says: ‘The musical diversity represented by the varied ages and styles of our band members means that the band's combined life experience, thoughtfulness, boundless energy and classic rock sensibilities blend to create happy, hot, and harmonious music’. Rock Garden are a band of passionate musicians, and this really comes across in the music. They are charismatic sounding with an astounding technique. Lead vocalist Terrance Dawson says: ‘Our lyrics range from being deeply introspective and poetic, to saucy and suggestive. We play intricate powerful guitar melodies. Our vocals are melodic, and the drums are jazz-influenced. Rock Garden is rock at its most diverse, with our classic rock roots and big nods to jazz, folk and straight up blues’. New single Wanna Be Bad is the first to be taken from their self-titled debut album. The track is guitar-driven power pop with a hook-laden guitar riff right from the intro. This energetic, commercial track is extremely radio-friendly. Rock Garden have recently been signed to Canadian-American Records, the label who in the 1950s released popular artists such as Santo & Johnny, and Linda Scott. The label is now owned by former pianist of Bill Haley and The Comets, Joey Welz who says: 'Wanna Be Bad" should bring adoring fans from all over the world.' Wanna Be Bad is released on Canadian-American Records. Impact date: November 26th 2012. Core Band Members: Terrance Dawson: Lead Vocals, Guitars Zsuzsana Dawson: Keyboard, Vocals Adam Clarke: Vocals, back up instruments Ray Porrill: Percussion www.reverbnation.com/rockgarden www.facebook.com/rockgardenmusic Music Elevator PR +44 (0) 7941815059
New Classic Pop-Rock Is Breaking Through The Soil In Ontario
Rock Garden – Some New Classic Pop-Rock Is Breaking Through The Soil In Ontario Posted by: Indie Band Guru Posted date: November 08, 2012 In: Review | comment : 0 Sometimes the best kind of music to listen to is just plain pop rock. The songs may not be out to change the world, but the listener can just sit back and let the fun sounds ease their problems away. We were introduced to a Canadian band lately that brings the best of this all to their energetic music. Welcome to the Rock Garden. The Ontario based band combines a retro classic rock style with jazz and blues turned up to be fun and bouncy. The band is made up of Terrance Dawson: Lead Vocals and Guitars, Zsuzsana Dawson: Keyboard and Vocals, Adam Clarke: Vocals and back up instruments and Ray Porrill: Percussion. The band members have quite a large age range which helps them draw from a huge amount of influences and makes them hard to pigeonhole. They have been compared to The Romantics and The Knack before. I also had a memory of The Gin Blossoms creeping in when I listened to their catalog. The band is now preparing to release their self-titled debut album Rock Garden. The album is full of guitar driven power-pop that is perfect for blasting out of a convertible as you drive down the coast. There are fun jangly odes to Las Vegas with the tracks ‘Fremont Street’ and ‘Vegas’ Rock garden is also able to slow it down and show off some introspective lyrics on the song ‘Been Here Before’. The lead track and perhaps best of the album is ‘Wanna Be Bad’. The guitar riff grabs your attention right from the start forcing you to stand up and pay some attention. A bridge comes in to stop you in your tracks for a moment before a powerful guitar solo reminiscent of the late 1970’s. This is a pretty complete song. Go get an advance listen to the album for yourself at: http://www.reverbnation.com/rockgarden About The Author Indie Band Guru Music Blogger Musician, manager, blogger, promoter, booking agent, and Berklee College of Music Business degree'd, music lover. Number of Entries : 220
CBC Wedding Music Blog
Originally posted at CBC Radio in response to a blog post by Grant Lawrence:
My husband Terry and I were married Jan. 3, 2011. We had been together a few years already and we had eventually planned our first vacation, a 10 day trip to Las Vegas and Arizona. The first morning of our stay, after a very late arrival in Vegas, Terry surprised me with a proposal, which I accepted joyfully, even going along with his insistence that we be married the same day. We pulled it off, managing to obtain our license, buy a ring (at Pawn Stars no less) and book a chapel for that evening. It was actually a lovely ceremony - totally un-cheesy. Our wedding/honeymoon gave birth to two of the songs on our new CD with "Gold" and "Fremont Street" being written after our return from Las Vegas, and "Vegas", a song we had written prior to our trip, was finished off with its surprise ending. Because we had eloped, we held a reception ceremony back at home in February. Our DJ was Terry's brother, and he managed to play the wrong first dance song from the compilation CDs we had made. We had wanted "Time in a Bottle" by Croce and he played "Day after Day" by Badfinger. Okay, that wasn't so bad. What was quite a bit more disconcerting was that Terry and the band had a short set arranged, with Terry singing me a love song he had written some years earlier, called "One Thing". He has always said this is the perfect wedding song. Well, as the band started to play this intensely romantic song with Terry singing while gazing soulfully into my eyes, one of the female guests grabbed my arm and held on to me, swaying to the music, throughout the whole song, just prior to passing out afterwards. The romance factor was decidedly dampened, but we still have a hoot when we watch the video. You can see the clip at: http://youtu.be/6-_Ryfbxl0A Ultimately, the song "Gold" from our self-titled CD, is in our opinion, a fabulous wedding song. The phrase "I got my Hand of Faith when you put your hand in mine", refers to the gold nugget called the Hand of Faith on display at the Golden Nugget Hotel in Vegas - it's the largest hunk of gold ever found. "Gold" is the only love song on our new CD, and we'd love to know it is being played at a wedding anywhere, so if you want to use it, just let us know. http://music.cbc.ca/#/artists/Rock-Garden Love and peace, and rock on, Zsuzsana Dawson and Rock Garden
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Wanna Be Bad? You know you do:) Come rock out with us at http://music.cbc.ca/play/artist/Rock-Garden/Wanna-Be-Bad Cheers!
Without music life would be a mistake. ~~ Friedrich Nietzsche
In the studio
Hi Everyone! We are busy putting the finishing touches on Fremont Street and adding some amazing backup vocal by Adam Clarke to our next 12 song CD. We just got an amazing professional review of Wanna Be Bad, which is our lead song for this CD, so we are totally jazzed about releasing this compilation. Stay tuned - we're almost there!
from Rock Garden