Three favorite tracks on album:Petty Games / Worries Grow With Time / Nothing's Wrong
Now or Never
What do you get when you cross the intense range of Adam Lambert, the crushing guitars of "Ballroom Blitz" by Sweet, and the perfected harmonizing of Rent? Stagehands. These kids aren't messin' around either. They've single-handledly written, recorded, and played/sang every song on the broadway-rock musical that makes up The Silent City.
The wow factor really set in after a couple of days of listening to the album. I began to notice myself humming the tracks. The more I listened to The Silent City, the more impressed I was. Don't get me wrong, it's completely an unnatural idea for me to imagine a musical as only an album; however, Stagehands pulls it off with expertise. Imagine listening to an album that is an allegory (of sorts) depicting the viciousness of the record industry (or life, for that matter) with its perfectly constructed pop ideals. Sounds good, right? And it is.
The only faults I found with the album lie in some of the aspects that come off as slightly cheesy. For example a few of the character voices are a little overly emphatic at times. Also, the storyline is a tad simplistic. Maybe add some knife fights or some AZT breaks.
In the end, if you like Broadway musicals and rock (or one or the other), there's a decent chance you'll dig Stagehands. And, what do you know, you can actually check 'em out for free. The album is available at stagehandsmusic.com.
Q&A: (with Marko Pandza of Stagehands)
The design for the album matches sound and style of the music. It's simple, concise and sets the mood perfectly with its dark colors and theatrical imagery. Also, pop the disc into your computer and there's a pdf of the lyrics, which is always a plus.