Column from May 3rd, 1999
Ive heard five of the ten new songs so far, and theyre quite interesting. The band have put a lot more emphasis on guitars and the Madsens keyboards have been scaled down a degree. A couple of the tracks are great modern AOR. However, its quite a diverse set of material and a couple of the other tracks that are trying to be more overtly modern, dont seem to work so well. Also re-recorded is "Exiles" from the first album, given a more stripped bare, strings backed, approach. Tradia doesnt have a web site at this point, but you can get in touch with them via the website for Scott Madsens car restoration business at http://www.madsenrestorations.com.
Canadian Phil Naro has a new album coming out on the Interplanet label called "Ten Year Tour". It actually features some 15 tracks culled from four distinct bands. All the tracks are previously unreleased and are from his 24K (which also features Mladen from Von Groove) and Empire bands before Naro, tracks from the Naro project and then work with another band called Distant Cry. The release is very much a side project as hes also keeping his Blood Red Flower band running too.
Over at the AOR Basement web site (http://www.aorbasement.com) there has indeed been some new reviews uploaded. One new thing thats really caught me off guard is the excellent indie from California-based Mark Allen Band, which sounds pretty like Le Roux around their "So Fired Up" album. Also new is a review of Lana Lanes new studio album and the links page has had a ton of new stuff added to it. Work on further new reviews are also in progress and should see some positive results later this week, though a wild, though well intentioned plan to put my entire collection into an MS-Access database is taking up a little time!