Tuesday, 14 June 2016

Gideon's Army - King Of The League (Album)

Gideon's Army - Don't Mind.

Background bio - Formed at the nexus of New York and New Jersey, Gideon’s Army is a Classic American rock band. They combine the heartfelt storytelling of R&B, folk, soul, and country, with the foot-tapping and heart-pounding uplift of Rock and Roll. On their debut LP Burn for the Living, Singer/Songwriter/Guitarist Robert Bray weaves stories of adventure, love, heart-ache, desperation, defiance, redemption, rebellion, and longing.

Gideon’s Army was founded by singer/songwriter/guitarist Robert Bray. Born in New York City to an Irish Catholic father and a Jewish mother, Robert grew up predominately with his mom in Tenafly, New Jersey, spending weekends and holidays with his father in Queens, NY. Robert’s first musical experiences were playing the violin for the Stillman elementary school orchestra and town-select Super Orchestra. He picked up a guitar for the first time in the 7th grade, at 12, but his youth was spent devoted primarily to athletics. Competing in baseball, basketball, ice hockey, soccer, and track and field, Robert eventually accepted a scholarship to play baseball for Division II Eckerd College in Florida’s Sunshine State Conference. 

It was at Eckerd that Robert took his first acting class and began a torrid and on-going relationship with the performing arts. Robert left Eckerd in the middle of his junior year to move to NYC to pursue a career as an actor. He graduated from the prestigious Actor’s Center Professional Conservatory and spent several years working in film and in NYC’s downtown theatre scene. It was during this time that he picked up the guitar again and began to build skill and get creative with the instrument. At a certain point in his development, songs started to come at a furious pace and Robert knew that he had found his life’s calling. 

Drawing his lyrical inspiration from his life and surroundings, Robert’s musical inspirations are as varied as his life’s experiences. He has a special affinity for classic rock, modern alternative and hard rock, contemporary country, soul, blues, and R&B. In October 2014 he released his first full-length album entitled Burn for the Living, written entirely, music and lyrics, by Robert Bray, and recorded entirely in Woodmere, NY with producer Steven Wise. Gideon’s Army recently completed their follow-up album King of the League at Virtue and Vice studios in Brooklyn, NY with producer/engineer Anthony “Rocky” Gallo (Bon Jovi, Norah Jones, John Legend, Cat Power, Gavin Degraw, Perry Farrell, Warren Haynes, Travis Barker, Common…)

OK so the featured song and the album have been around for a few month's however I did not want the album 'King of the League' to slip off the radar without giving it a mention. 'Don't Mind' was the first single and one of twelve good old rock'n'roll tracks on the album. Songs drift across a number of genres, some reminiscent of an early Bruce Springsteen, other steeped in southern rock vibes, and even a more modern and fresh indie rock feel. Robert Bray has a natural rock singers voice, he can hit the right notes, come across mean and gritty and on the song 'Valentina' there is even a slight hint of Morrissey. All in all this is one solid album with a good number of stand out tracks. Rock music fans would do well to spend a little while checking Gideon's Army out. 

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