Tuesday, April 21, 2015
MUSIC REVIEW OF THE DAY: BROCK ZEMAN - PULLING YOUR SWORD OUT OF THE DEVIL'S BACK
Gruff-voiced and noir-tinged, Ottawa-area troubadour Zeman is at home in a folk setting but is equally edgy. He's a story-teller, an observer who sings real-life struggles about characters you care about.
10 Year Fight is shot through with sadness, about a father who has seen his family torn apart. With a mournful cello behind, it's like early Tom Waits. But then Zeman turns up the volume, adds slide guitar, a hard smack from the drums, and Drop Your Bucket puts the alternative in roots music. Now he's Springsteen in a bad mood. Closing tune Everybody Loves Elvis is an emotional gut punch about the power of music, where Zeman wants to know what kind of song plays on your radio; "Does it steal away your breath, does it knock you off your feet, does it blow your hair back, or make your heart skip a beat?"
That's the kind of song that plays on my radio.