Provided you weren’t too old when Nirvana exploded on the scene in the early 1990’s, you grew accustomed to a little extra edge in your music. A host of bands followed in their wake, each one taking the genre a little further. Now, that rock and roll idiom is well established. Ages Apart is set to push the idiom one step further with their sophomore release S.T.A.T.I.C. Critics call it “active rock” but there are so many genre labels floating around these days it is difficult to know just what is meant by a label. To this listener, Ages Apart has one foot firmly planted in the traditions of grunge and the sound that we associate with the Pacific Northwest, and the hard rock sound of countless bands who try to make your head bleed, banging it against the proverbial wall. Ages Apart has a harder edge but is very controlled in how they present their music. You get the sense from the very first notes of the album that these guys know exactly what they are doing, exactly where they are going and exactly how to accomplish their mission.
Rock music has grown up a lot since the angst ridden sounds of Nirvana and make no mistake, Ages Apart is fully matured. It’s almost like the youth and f-you attitude of the early 90’s has given way to a more sophisticated and more mature sound. The band’s bio says they write “honest music and speak the minds of their fans” and they seem to be fully in touch with not only their past but their present and future as well. S.T.A.T.I.C. is a modern rock record capturing the best of rock’s past and bridging it with rock’s present. The first single from S.T.A.T.I.C., ‘Civil Wars’ sets the tone for the album and you know this is a record you’ll want to listen to again and again. Released on May 19, the new album sets a tone and charts the course for Ages Apart.
As I learned more about the band, I am surprised to find out that they are from Alabama because their sound is more suited to and reminiscent of a major industrial area or a big city. The band consists of Cody Webb on vocals and guitar, Chris Srygley on drums and Will Bradley on bass and the three have honed their sound and perfected the “power trio” formula. I look for big things from Ages Apart in the coming months and years and just hope their next release is as honest and entertaining as this one.
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Uncle Duke; a.k.a. Rob Penland is the producer and host of "The Mad Music Asylum" a 4 hour weekly syndicated radio show and now a 24 hour streaming internet station.