Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Brand new EP by the Warning Shots!

Over the last few months, Mark Lind has been performing with a new project of his called "The Warning Shots".   The five man group consists of Mark Lind, Jason Messina , Nick Repassy, Rich Crimlisk (Morgan Knockers) and their bass player, Dilo.  The five man group delivers a fresh brand of straight up, no frills punk rock and roll.  Being a fan of everything that Mark has done and his projects, plus the Morgan Knockers, I was anticipating something great. Needless to say, after watching them perform over the summer, I most definitely got something great.

Over the weekend, the band released a pre-order and digital format of their first EP titled "Six To Midnight" which is four tracks and are refreshing for the avid punk rock listener.  The first track titled, "No Holidays" is a perfect opener with a blistering and catchy guitar riff hammered out by Rich Crimlisk and Jason Messina's well known drumming.  Mark Lind on this project is vocals and vocals only which is exciting to see him perform in that respect because he is usually with a guitar or bass with his other projects. I look forward to see how well he is keep on improving as a musician as taking the role of a front man.  The first track is easily a perfect opener to the four song debut and is a perfect raise your fist and sing along type many will latch on to.

The next track, "Terminally Insane" starts out with a clean guitar tone and kicks into full gear after a build up.  What I appreciate about this track is diverse range in vocals and musicianship.  This song  is very introspective and  makes me think the writer is searching for what lead them to where they are today.  What I always enjoyed about Mark's song writing is how human and how he is able to relate to the average human with choices in life.  That is what this song gives us.

Track number three, "It Took Awhile" is another catchy number.  The way I see it, it tackles a down trodden friendship or relationship with the chorus, "It took awhile but I see right through you" and with a line in the first verse, "Ain't it funny how it all works out, ain't it funny what its all about.  I can tell you how it all will end, But I can't tell you why I dared call you a friend..." which reminds the listener of any carbon copy or half ass friendship or person they have encountered in life.  We have all been there- the friendship or relationship that turned sour once you see an individual's true colors.

 Lind takes no prisoners in his songs and that is what I appreciate about him as a song writer and musician.  He has written plenty of songs about his experiences or human condition (so we all relate to it somehow) but manages to put different twists and turns in and never fails to do so.  In my eyes, that makes a successful song writer.  From the very start, I knew there was something great about the Warning Shots. There are different ranges of talent and musicianship in this band which is vital for new band coming out today.  Lastly, track number four, "Gotta Get Away" has a catchy rhythm guitar part to it and is an overall upbeat song.  The chorus is a perfect sing along and like the rest of the songs, are easy to learn and hold on to.  I feel the title, "Gotta get away" is a great way to end the EP and it leaves the listener asking for more.  I genuinely look forward to what future has in store for the Warning Shots.  Mark Lind always has a new and interesting project going and is not like the last.  That is born talent, everyone! 

Upcoming Shows:

December 20th, 2013
Radio Downstairs
21 and Over
The Warning Shots
Spectre Hawk
The Woods
Hudson Falcons

Event info here: Hudson Faclons, Warning Shots, The Woods, Spectre Hawk

Artist Info:
Stateline Records

Their EP can be purchased at the above link!


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