Goodbye June

Thursday, November 7, 2013 - 21:00
Goodbye June

Southern Rock has found its savior. More importantly: American Rock ‘n' Roll has gotten the kick in the pants it needs.

It's all thanks to guitarists Tyler Baker and Brandon Qualkenbush, and vocalist Landon Milbourn, who together make up Goodbye June. CVR Music released the band's debut album, "Nor The Wild Music Flow," around Labor Day.

The three cousins that make up the band started composing music together in 2005 and went full throttle shortly after, moving to Nashville, TN, one of the great music capitols of the world.

The band's electric single entitled "Microscope" hit the streets right before the release of the album, and as a result, Goodbye June got some notoriety from the video, going viral on in the late summer. Country music star Steve Holy and NFL head coach Jeff Fisher, of the St. Louis Rams are featured in the video. Microscope's video depicted a high speed car chase and gun skirmish in the Tennessee woods between the band members and two bad cops, played by Fisher and Holy.

What music lovers will find on "Nor The Wild Music Flow" is hard-driving songs that are pacey and melodic, but not without emotion. Not only do the guitars rock, but also Milbourn's vocal are reminiscent of Soundgarden's Chris Cornell with whispers of The White Stripes' Jack White.

On the album's opening track "Man I Am," the song's arrangement and slow, unbreakable beat appears to take some influence from the Led Zeppelin in the likes of "When the Levee Breaks." Meanwhile one of Goodbye June's softer and more impassioned ballads called "Indiana Boys" is reminiscent of "The Rain Song" from Zeppelin's fifth album, Houses of the Holy.

"We're big fans of course of Led Zeppelin, and take influence from number of others such as Jimi Hendrix, The Kings of Leon, The Black Keys and Hank Williams," said Milbourn.

Even with their style influences noted, the band's songwriting style is original, powerful and refreshing amidst a rock music scene of the last few years that has heralded introverted bands with ambivalent lyrics over songwriting that just lays it out there.

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