If you are feeling a bit overwhelmed by what’s going on in the world, you may really enjoy the latest album by Staring into Nothing. Released in November of 2017, the music on Power, can be classified as politically conscious rock and roll, and it is very much about power both lyrically and musically. Although it’s slightly more moody and dark than what I would generally listen to, it’s an enjoyable record nonetheless, especially for likeminded individuals who may find a lot of meaning in the content.
Staring into Nothing has three full-time band members: Steve Rogers on piano and keyboards, as well as lead and backing vocals; Savannah Rogers on guitar and lead and backing vocals; and Kurt Barabas on bass and guitars. Power was produced and mixed by Mark Needham, and mastered by Nick Townsend. There are also a number of musicians that play with the band. These include: Matt Chamberlain on drums, David Levita on Guitars, Jamie Muhoberac on Keyboards, as well as Pop Levi and Andrea Meli on backing vocals.
The music on the 10-track album is, for the most part, fairly calm for a politically charged record. There are excellent drum fills and nice vocal harmonies that are incorporated throughout; “Puritans” is a great example of this. Some songs evoke comparisons to other artists, such as Oasis and Morrissey, in part because of the alternative feel of some tracks and the social commentary on others. “School Daze,” for example, makes me think of both.
The music on “Obey,” on the hand, makes me think of specific parts from Pink Floyd, and other classic rock tracks with similar style. “Information Crime” is probably my favorite – very likely because it resonates with me most as a journalist. It also gets pretty heavy towards the middle, with the vocals bringing Rush to mind. There are also some pretty cool guitar riffs and licks that provide a great heavy rock element to the song. “Towers” is performed by Savannah, and adds a little something extra to the overall feel of the album. From a purely musical perspective, I also really dig “Freedom” for its heavy rock riffs.
Overall, I really enjoyed Power. While some of the lyrics may be a bit political for people who use music as a means of escape from daily life, the music is strong enough to attract all kinds of people. And, if quality art is art that sparks conversations, debate, and reflection, then maybe Power is simply a good piece of art. Give it a listen here.
Note* Album provided for objective review by our partners.