Monday, April 24, 2017
MUSIC REVIEW OF THE DAY: CHRIS ANTONIK - MONARCH
Antonik and crew bring a huge electric approach to these grooves, with major blues volume on each cut. The core group of Antonik on guitar, drummer Chuck Keeping, bassist Guenther Kapelle and Jesse O'Brien on keys don't hold back, most songs played with intensity from start to finish. Even on the so-called fantasy-blues-western, "Love, Bettike", Antonik's guitar pierces throughout.
That intensity is mirrored in the lyrical theme on most of the cuts as well, examining the end of a relationship, and how to find the strength to forgive and move on. This isn't finger-pointing or laying blame, but rather how to get past that for everyone's health, found in the cuts "Forgiveness Is Free", "The Art of Letting Go" and "Gold Star". While it's great advice on the surface, all that extreme guitar work is letting out the emotion behind the story. And that would be the blues.