It Starts Right Here
Guelph is a quaint university town, whose downtown core has stereotypically been known as an 'artsy' community; but if you're expecting that Guelph's 'Three Quarter Stone' is another band of generationally lost hippies that can be found discussing the importance of granola in the vegetarian diet at Hillside Festival then you are in for a surprise. This five piece band is electrified adrenaline on stage. Pure unadulterated, triple xxx rock 'n roll! Picture a free spirited, socially outcast teen tearing up the streets on his Harley-Davidson with Led Zeppelin and AC/DC blasting in his headphones... now imagine him in a garage riffing away with four of his friends and you'll understand where the heart of Three Quarter Stone's sound beats. But these misfits have managed to evolve out of the garage, surviving employement woe's, relationship chaos, and all of life's adventurous ups and downs, sticking together and becoming a polished, substantial hard rocking riff machine. Their live show attests to the years spent together and countless gigs in drunken bars. They look at home up on the stage, with a tight sound that comes from years of gigging. And that sound is forceful... an entity unto it's own with grooving, hooky guitar riffs and soaring, melodic vocals. It's polished and definitely not garage band, but not glittery 'record-label' polished, but like that of a river bed stone weathered by nature over time. Their sound is solid, driving and well produced, with interesting nuances and layers. It's almost difficult to imagine a careless teenager on a Harley creating such great music, but one can certainly picture him blasting it in his headphones as he cruises down the road! Bullet With A Name is the second studio album for Three Quarter Stone and it delivers right out of the gate with the hard driving title track followed by the heavy groove of 'It Don't Matter'. This album delivers on all fronts sonically, and sounds 'Big Studio' with meticulous attention to production and mastering. The bands sound has expanded to take on some acoustic songs and allows us to see more of the range and dynamics of the vocals. It's also clear that the bands songwriting is growing in terms of lyrics and subject matter as well, whether it be the cheaky 'Out Of The Blue' with it's comical finale, or taking on environmental issues in 'Believe'. There's still plenty of partying and sexual innuendo on many of the tracks, but tracks like 'I Don't Need' are lyrically downright moving and shows us this band has taken themselves to another level, poised to compete with any of today's biggest names when that opportunity arrises. Bullet With A Name is simply a pleasure to listen to front to back, loud or soft, and this album manages to escape the monotony that so many so many other albums suffer, by including acoustic tracks with electric, uptempo with moody soulful tracks, and each delivering a memorable melody.