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Open Air – Extended Play

During the 1:06 instrumental introduction of Open Air’s newly released EP, I swear that I had a flashback to 1977. Suddenly I was 15 again, (long-hair, bad attitude and all), hanging at a friend’s house, doing bong hits and listening to tunes.

“Pulling from their musical influences, which include Led Zeppelin, AC/DC, Jet and The Answer, Open Air brings back everything that was wonderful about 1970’s Brit Rock, but with an updated, modern taste.” So states the band’s website and clearly they have achieved their goal if my opening statement is anything to go by.

One of the interesting things about getting older is that one sees things go round and come back again, often repeating in cycles over a span of decades. Open Air is treading ground that has been trod before – in some cases with excellent results. When I first cranked Open Air through the Behringers the band that came to mind was Black Crowes, a band who had success in the early nineties – the singles from “Shake Your Money Maker” are staples on classic rock radio today.

Open Air’s newly released EP brings that same energy back with superb production that rocks hard with plenty of sparkle and enough bottom end to kick you squarely in your tender parts. After setting the tone with the introduction the band kicks it into gear with “Snake Charmer” the tune that brought to mind the Black Crowes reference. From this point it is clear that the riff is the thing which is hardly surprising considering the band’s list of influences.

The EPs next track, “New Design” rocks hard, bordering on metal, and is sure to get your head banging. The tune features some of the hottest wah-tinged lead work you’ll hear anywhere in any era. The frenetic pacing of this track really sets up a dramatic and effective mood swing as the EP moved to its next track, “Preacher Man”, a slower paced epic tribute to mid-70’s guitar greatness. The final track is the EPs lead single, “Golden Times”, a frolic in more hard-rocking, groove-riffing goodness.

If there is a seminary of 70’s hard rock then Open Air graduates with an M.Div. – they are masters of divination of all that made hard rock and the birth of metal in the 70’s great. Superb melody, songwriting, fretwork and production make this a release well worth your time and energy. 5/5.

Open Air - Extended Play

It is with great pleasure that Open Air and Indie403 present the official track listing for the Extended Play EP.

  1. Introduction
  2. Snake Charmer
  3. New Design
  4. Preacher Man
  5. Golden Times

Check out Open Air as Indie403‘s Artist Of The Month for April and for additional information on their CD Release Show.

Indie403 Featured Artist of the Month – Nickelback

After years of hard work, drudging through the indie scene, playing for peanuts and relating to their fans, Indie403 is pleased to present Nickelback as our Featured Artists of the Month for the month of April!

Just kidding! Sorry, we couldn’t possibly do that… APRIL FOOLS! 

Click here to find out who’s REALLY our April Featured Artist of the Month!

Chron Goblin invited to London’s Desertfest

Chron Goblin is about to make history.

The Calgary four-piece has been invited to play at London’s Desertfest music festival, and as the first Canadian band to ever receive the honour, Chron Goblin is entering their name in the record books and introducing Brits to the crushing power of Canadian rock.

Joining a huge line-up of talent from across Britain, Europe and the U.S., Chron Goblin is completing an impressive collection of artists that is set to blow fans away. Over 50 bands make up a roster that includes an increasing number of well-known stoner and doom rock bands, the majority of which come from the UK and have been hugely successful worldwide. This is the first time a Canadian band has been invited to join, setting a precedent for Canadian music and giving authority to Chron Goblin and their supportive Calgary fanbase.

Desertfest is the largest underground rock festival in the United Kingdom. The three-day festival takes place from April 26 – 28 and will be held at four large venues across Camden, allowing more music fans to experience the event. Last year’s festival sold out quickly and according to festival organizers, this year’s shows will be “bigger, badder, and ready to tear you guys a new one”.

For more information about Desertfest and to see the full line-up, visit the website or Facebook. Tickets are nearly sold out but for fans who act quickly, this is an event that shouldn’t be missed.

Chron Goblin

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Indie403 Featured Artist of the Month (August 2012)