Be Heard is the debut release from Toronto-based rock and roll troubadours, Rebel Rebel. The five-song, six-track EP, produced and engineered at Revolution Recording by the band's own Tye Hunt Fitzgerald, is not officially a concept album, but songwriter Travis Caine dives in to themes of belonging and locale with an honest disregard for interruption. From the opening track the group establishes Be Heard as a hard-hitting, impactful showcase, capturing the intensity of the bands notoriously loud live show, as well as the expansive and experimental nature of their sound.
That sound is defined by the feverish guitar tones of Caine (rhythm) and Bryan Wyshnicki (lead), while held together by the pounding drums of Paul Cope. Keeping the pulse and providing the rhythmic blood flow is Tye Hunt Fitzgerald (bass) and Kara Gauthier (keys), who maintains a constant hum with low-end organ and provides high-end highlights with piano and synth. The bands songs are lead by Caine's gritty, yet melodic vocals, which are sung with unfaltering conviction, and harmonized by Gauthier/Wyshnicki, who help create catchy sing-along anthems in all the right places.
True to its name, Be Heard broadcasts the explosive and diverse nature of Rebel Rebel, demanding attention and roping its audience in with a deep, multiple-listen experience. Whether dealing with a sense of loneliness or that search for belonging; the surrender of ones dreams or the rebellion against ones fate, Rebel Rebel creates a unity in their music that is ultimately defined as rock 'n' roll.
released 25 September 2012
Rebel Rebel is Travis Caine, Kara Gauthier, Tye Hunt Fitzgerald, Bryan Wyshnicki, and Paul Cope.
Produced, Recorded, and Mixed by Tye Hunt Fitzgerald
Additional Engineering by Jack Clow
Recorded at Revolution Recording & Robo-Ghost Studio, Toronto, Canada
Mastered by Sydney Galbraith at Desert Fish Studio, Toronto, Canada
All songs written by Travis Caine (SOCAN)
Graphic Design by Travis Caine
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