I had the pleasure of being introduced to this band via the Revelation Generation Festival in NJ. First, my husband gave me a list of some of the bands that would attend and I went to their myspace pages to get a listen (Really just to feel out which bands I wanted to listen to). I really liked Reilly’s sound and decided that I really wanted to hear them.
I was pleasantly surprised by the professionalism they displayed. They were absolutely great! So great in fact, that I decided while interviewing them that I would go and buy their CD’s. Unfortunately, it took me a while to find their booth and I missed shooting BUILDING 429. Was it worth it? I am not sure, I like BUILDING 429 also, but since I play this Demo everyday… Maybe it was worth the effort that I put into obtaining it.
First let me say, unlike most bands that sound their best on the studio release and fall short during the live show… Reilly is the opposite. This demo can’t even come close to the sound that this band emits on the stage. You really need to see them live. But since I can’t have them travel with me all the time, the demo is the next best thing. I love these four songs The first three more than the last, (those three songs are stuck in my head and I find myself humming and singing them throughout the course of my day… Just be glad you don’t work with me).
The demo starts off with a bright catchy tune called “Limited Time.” When listening to this song, I couldn’t help but get my body moving, the music just traveled through me. (I really love great music) the catchy hook “You’re in my heart now, You’re in my soul now, You’re in my mind now, Gonna share You with the world now…”
The second track, “This Side of Your Life,” is more mellow a little still bouncy but with a little more country flair, the violins are little more prominent is this tune but it is masterfully put together. John’s vocals are very soothing. Which leads you into “Come to Me,” which is a more reflective tune, yet still catchy, at times the vocals remind me of songs from The Beatles, “Sgt. Pepper’s” album. I don’t know why, so don’t ask.
The combination of violins and guitar make a rather pleasant unusual rock sound. A uniqueness that I find refreshing, I have been trying to think of a band that they are similar to, but can’t really think of one.
And unlike most of the Christian music that I have been exposed to, this music doesn’t put me in a trance. Actually, the lyrics are inspiring yet also allow me to scrutinize my own life. The hooks are very catchy, as I stated earlier (they are stuck in my head). And the music is a little harder and more uplifting than one would expect. Check these guys out. The only problem I see with the Demo is there isn’t more of it. The full-length CD scheduled to be released October 9th. Pick it up!
- John Reilly - VOX
- Dan Huie - Violin
- Noele Huie - Violin, VOX
- Matthew Bomberger - Bass
- Kyle Thoman - Drums
- Limited Time
- This Side of Your Life
- Come To Me
- Turned Blue