1974 & The Death of the Herald

1974 & The Death of the Herald

1974 & The Death of the Herald
CD Review

By Tamyra Davis

Holy Opening Batman!  1974’s latest conjuring is releasing on October 26th, just a few days before Halloween, and it’s absolutely ear candy for the masses.

“The Great Galactic War” knocks down the door and is right there in your face with all its musical awesomeness. It’s one of those epic tunes that would fit in the next great blockbuster movie (are you listening Spielberg??). Everything about this album screams soundtrack. I think aspiring movie makers should take a listen to “1974 & The Death of the Herald” for inspiration to create megahit movie. The whole thing is a story from beginning to end; and I’m not about to give away the plot so just buy it!!!

The vocal styles are diverse amongst the band which is made up of Mike Forgette on guitar and lead vocals; Tim Moore on drums; Gary Dionne on bass; Adam Clymer on guitar; and Angela Rhea-Piccoli on keys.  Tim, Gary, and Angela all have their moments at the mic.  But when they come together to create the band’s harmonies, that is truly the “sound” of 1974 and you are sucked into the world they have crafted for you.

One of my favorite songs on the album is the title track and the finale to the story.  “Death of a Herald” is reminiscent of the band Yes.  The grand arrangements and the sound of a thousand instruments invaded my head as I listened. The war has been won, people. The war has been won and “Death of a Herald” is the celebration of victory.

I couldn’t help but notice the diversity in each track, there were some actual rock opera-worthy moments throughout the album, yet there is a softer side.  And just when you think that’s it, they bust out into a tune that could easily be the soundtrack from 1974, the actual year that is.

I highly recommend you add this masterpiece to your collection ASAP.  You know I don’t just “say” that unless I mean it.  “1974 & The Death of the Herald” drops Saturday, October 26th and can be purchased at http://1974.bandcamp.com/.

Follow them on www.facebook.com/1974online or https://myspace.com/1974band.

Tamyra Davis

A singer in her own right, Tamyra Davis has been performing with local bands and as a solo act for 20 years after graduating from the Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts. She was chosen to perform for Hartford’s hands across America program and was approached by the Rev. Jesse Jackson backstage who proclaimed “Girl you have pipes”.

Tam has been singing since the ripe old age of 5 years old when her mother caught her doing an entire performance of the Captain and Tenille’s version of “You better shop around” in the front seat of her Cadillac. Born and raised in Southington, CT Tamyra was fortunate to grow up in a house full of music and studied voice through private lessons and master classes. Her appreciation for the “art” of music is what brought her to LBR and we are pleased to have her on board.

Tamyra lives in Berlin, CT with her boyfriend, a drummer and master vinyl collector and two dogs. She has a 16 year old son who is a blogger himself on all things sports. Tam serves on the Board of Directors for Bikers Against Animal Cruelty who help abused and neglected animals and she is happily jamming with some of her favorite bands while doing occasional reunion shows with UnCovered , the band she fronted until she decides on her next adventure.



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