Chocolate Rock: A Melodically Seductive Sweet Contradiction!
There is something profoundly right in the simplicity of THE UNDERGROUND RAILROADS approach to music. In an age of technical grind, they have found freedom in one of mans most original forms of expression. This Long Beach trios second recording is a further refinement of their highly individual style, which melds catchy, hook- filled alternative rock with a slightly off-kilter, sometimes brooding intelligence. It is a style that has confused those looking for easy labels, but has won the hearts of their not so genre-specific growing legion of fans.
THE UNDERGROUND RAILROADS self titled CD is more and then some. Choosing to find inspiration by "cuttin loose and jammin" the band moved into a Warehouse in a gritty industrial suburb of San Pedro and practiced and arranged THE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD as its songs were being written. The result is a tightly arranged collection of varied-sounding material that was largely recorded live in the studio.
"Marc would bring a tune in " Ashley recalls, "Id add a rhythm guitar part and Koko would kick out a beat. Wed work the piece every way we could until we knew it was right. Then just hit the record button! Jamming the songs in the warehouse kept the energy level up and meant the songs took shape a lot faster."
Further helping shape the sound of THE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD was the friendship the members had before forming. The Ashley/Jones partnership was formed long before the band's inception. The threesome had been members of some of the same bands but at different times. This incarnation was the first time the trio worked a stage together. "It was refreshing to find musicians who were open and willing to share ideas," says Jones of his fellow band members. "It made for an honest record-the stuff that always got me off when I was a kid."
Thats precisely the feeling conjured up by THE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD. Its broad stylistic range--from the killer riff rock vibe of "Sign Your Name" to the pop power of "We got the time" to the urban rock blend of "Diamonds"-- is unified by their poignant way with lyric and melody. Their sound so impressed Tri-Star Columbia Motion Pictures, they licensed the music from "The Underground Railroad" for the television programs, Dawsons Creek and Party of Five.
THE UNDERGROUND RAILROADS Ashley, Jones and Powell honed their skills the old fashion way; slamming it out in the clubs. Their synergistic talents have taken them to stages in foreign lands where their music was the only translator. Their influences, some obvious and some not have provided them with the insight to understand the importance of the song. As you listen, you will understand.