Neurosonic – Drama Queen (2007, Bodog Music)
- So Many People
- Are Solar
- I Will Always Be Your Fool
- Me Myself And I
- Crazy Sheila
- Until I Die
- So Now You Know
- For The Boy
Jason Darr – Vocals, Electric & Acoustic Guitars, Bass, Piano & Keyboards, and Programming
Jacen Ekstrohm – Bass, Backing Vocals
Troy Healy – Guitars
Shane Smith – Drums
Cassandra Ford – Backing Vocals
Producers: Jason Darr & Riley Karroll
Total Time – 41:04
Neurosonic is a band that blends many different styles: Hard Rock, Alternative, Nu-Metal, Punk, Pop, and even a bit of Techno/Electronica. The band and the music is the product of mainman Jason Darr (vocals, guitars, et al) and it’s an eclectic mix. I kind of look at the project as similar to Trent Reznor’s Nine Inch Nails added to a bit of Green Day…..the bands are different to each other but they maintain a common thread in being totally unique and a blend of different styles.
DRAMA QUEEN was released in Canada in September 2006 and in the U.S. in January 2007. The music on this album is not my usual style, I’m a metalhead by trade so the Alternative/Nu-Metal/Pop thing is not for me. What I found after giving this album many focused spins is that this music is tailor made for Rock radio and MTV. The music has enough to appeal to a mass audience, to the people that still get their cues from the radio dial.
‘So Many People’ have that Nu-Metal feel with the heavy down-tuned guitars but also the Pop/Rap appeal in the vocals and programming. The lyrics are catchy and have a hook. Same goes for ‘Are Solar’…..I can see this being played to a younger audience in a club. It’s got a blend of heavy guitar, a dance beat, and a slight rap. That’s a formula that works today.
‘I Will Always Be Your Fool’ starts slow, almost like a Red Hot Chili Peppers ballad, but it kicks in for the chorus with the downtuned guitars. ‘Me Myself and I’ has a nice acoustic base and harmonies while ‘Crazy Sheila’ kicks things back in line with a Green Day like influence (but better).
‘Until I Die’ has a nice Metal riff intro but it cuts out for part of the vocal. This song has a nice aggressive quality to it but it does slow down slightly before the chorus. So far I like this song the best. ‘Fearless’ starts out slow with an accompanying string arrangement but the song progresses into a mid-tempo groove with more of the modern guitar. Another song that I would call a heavier Green Day. There is a lot of programming and guitars on ‘Boneheads’ and this just screams “club” to me. It’s not a dance tune, it’s a Rock song, but you could hear the possibilities for a dance remix.
I like the quick drum intro to ‘Frankenstein’ and the chugging beat but I’m just not feeling it, it sounds like I’ve heard the same thing earlier on the album. ‘So Now You Know’ is basically mid-tempo and picks up a bit around the chorus. This song reminds me of something I would have heard on MTV back in the early ’80s from an British Pop band. It’s not dated, it’s a modern track, it’s the different styles all in one that gives me this vibe. I dig ‘For The Boy’. I’m a sucker for acoustic guitar, harmonies, and strings…..this would be a single on Pop radio today.
The music is not my usual thing but it’s not bad. If I look at it from a Heavy Metal standpoint, then this album is way too light and Pop oriented and there is barely any Metal. If I look at this album in the realm of the current trends in Rock & Pop music, then this album should definitely appeal to a wide range of the mainstream. Overall, I enjoyed it as something different and something I would have never discovered on my own. I think Jason Darr has a unique musical vision and is full of talent to create songs with a blend of diverse styles. If Neurosonic can get airplay on mainstream radio, they will have success. Check their MySpace page to listen to these songs.