Gone - Silence to the Naysayers
By Zane Ewton
Silence to the Naysayers is the
second full length release from the Pennsylvanian band Eight Days Gone.
It can easily be described as 13 tracks of emotional guitar-driven rock.
“We’re just really nice guys who have different
influences and a different musical maturity than the teenage angst-ridden
rock being shoved down the public’s throat,” said lead vocalist, Neill
Steinke. Just like the slew of other “modern rock” bands you will
find scattered upon VH-1’s Top Twenty Countdown, Silence is finely
crafted but relies heavily on formulas.
The songs are built around Steinke’s vocals,
which are straightforward and emotive. He is the kind of singer to
claim to have “a different musical maturity”, which means he can also border
The rest of the band, John Zadeh (drums),
Gary Bonneau (bass) and Steve Miceli (lead guitar), are competent players
but often fade into the background as Steinke’s vocals take center stage.
The lyrics are melodramatic and forgettable.
Steinke’s folk sensibilities don’t translate as well as his influences,
Cat Stevens and Van Morrison. The albums ballads would fit comfortably
into any Junior High dance play list.
None of the tracks stand out amongst the
others, as each song could have a chance on modern rock radio right now.
This is a very safe and competent album. Your mom would love these
really nice guys. If you like something with a harder edge, it would
be best to steer clear from Silence for the Naysayers.
Eight Days Gone remind me of Collective
Soul, particularly in Steinke’s vocals, as a band that could get a lot
of airplay but nobody will remember their name.
Days Gone - Silence to the Naysayers
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