MP3 Oneside - First, To Last
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12 MP3 Songs in this album (38:36) !
Related styles: ROCK: Americana, ROCK: Roots Rock
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Ned deBary â Lead Vocals; Guitar
Chris Hersch â Banjo; Acoustic Guitar
Jake Brooks â Drums; Percussion; Vocals
Grafton Pease â Bass; Vocals
âOnce there was no stoppin'
Freight train on the move
Now I see how foolish I've been
and how much I stand to loseâ
Few âneo-traditionalistsâ have dared to stray too far from the âtraditionalistâ part of that equation. Fans of the genre tend to be fervently purist. Boston-based band Oneside, however, isnât afraid to risk biting the hand that feeds it.
âHe lived unafraid of rolling in his grave
Found the freedom in losing all control
But were they there for you?
With nothing left to do
What are you thinkinâ, shakinâ off your soulâ
Onesideâs debut album, âFirst, To Lastâ, is full of structures, lyrics, and licks that are unabashedly plucked from the traditional American canon. Songs like âLisaâ and âGot To Goâ would sound perfectly at home on a Nickel Creek or Alison Krauss album. But right from âFirst, To Lastâsâ foot-stomping, bluesy opening track
âThe Letter,â which combines elements of bluegrass, rock, jazz, and even reggae, it is apparent that Oneside isnât afraid to make departures from traditional styles. Other songs would fit right in on a Sufjan Stevens or even a Radiohead album. Yet all of the songs are deftly written and produced to create a coherent, if unique and slightly irreverent, sound. Other bands may play strictly in a conventional roots style but what sets Oneside apart is their willingness to take these traditional fundamentals and place them firmly in a modern context.
âI knew this time around I could stand upright
I could work in the day and stay in at night
But that every crossroad rips a soul from its vows
Ah, that I didnât know âtil nowâ
Ned DeBary, lead singer and guitarist, is joined by Grafton Pease on bass, Jake Brooks on drums and Chris Hersch on banjo. The four-some met in 2002, and have since toured the country regularly. Theyâve opened for such musical luminaries as Bobby Bare, Jr., Railroad Earth, The Damnwells, and Grace Potter. Theyâve spent the last three springs stopping by the renowned South by Southwest Festival and were asked by Paste Magazine to make an appearance at 2007âs Austin City Limits. The band has also played at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., and even beloved Fenway Park in Boston. This summer, Oneside will be gracing the stages of Californiaâs High Sierra Music Festival as well as Virginiaâs Floydfest 2008.
âSing us a song before we say goodbye
All good peoplesâ hopes, they had to try
Hey! Itâs all over nowâ
âFirst, to Lastâ was recorded mainly between the hours of 10 P.M. and 7 A.M. Like a troubadour howling at the moon after a night on the town, the late nights and early mornings can be heard in the grooves, with lead singer Ned DeBaryâs earnest and soulful voice effectively bridging the gap between Americana and indie rock. If My Morning Jacket decided to cover Bill Monroe, chances are that it would come out sounding an awful lot like Oneside. And for music fans, thatâs a good thing.
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