These Hearts is a group worth listening to. Although they are classified as hard rock, judging by this album I wouldn't call them that. Rock, yes; but Hard Rock? Probably not.
Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed this album quite a bit. I wasn't necessarily expecting to since Hard Rock isn't usually my type of music. I enjoy a few songs of Hard Rock here and there but not as a rule and for a whole album. So, when we put this album in and most of it had played before I realized it, I was surprised and pleased.
My 13yo dd that does enjoy Hard Rock was thrilled to get this album and try it out. She was a little disappointed that it wasn't more Hard Rock but she enjoyed it for what it was. Good music. We have listened to it several times a day and have put it into our regular rotation of music. :)
I like that it is a little edgier than most music but it still has vocals and harmonies that has musicality to it-not just screaming or yelling like so much of Hard Rock. I think this album is a good mix and would be a great intro into Hard Rock or maybe a nice alternative to some of the harder stuff for those parents out there that don't want the screaming rock music! lol
Here are a few links you can check out to find out for yourself what I am talking about.
My Space: http://www.myspace.com/thesehearts
About These Hearts
In a time when an infinite amount of genres seem to be concocted daily, it takes quite a bit of creativity to blur the lines across so many. These Hearts understand that it takes that dash of ingenuity paired with an innate desire to put forth the hard work that comes along with being a band in this day and age.
Among a sea of like-sounding music, These Hearts have raised the bar and then some by bringing a fresh, upbeat rock sound to ears everywhere in strong conjunction with a meaningful, church-based upbringing that has everything to do with the quintet’s musical and writing process. The band’s unquestionable commitment to their faith in Christ is present in all aspects of their musical journey. With an urgency to declare to fans, friends and family that “they are loved, and there is hope,” These Hearts demonstrate the ever-present effect that faith plays in the group’s life.
While it’s understood that hardships are an unavoidable bump in the road, These Hearts note that they solely rely on their faith for guidance. “Whether it's the loss of a loved one, a previous band member leaving, or even being in financial trouble, friendship and having Jesus in our lives has played a pivotal role in getting us through these tough times,” says guitarist Daryl Van Been.
The group has certainly put their own blood, sweat, and tears into creating and sharing their music with the masses. “Being in a band is about the most unstable job you can have but we want to glorify God with the gifts that he has blessed us with,” says Van Been. Impressively touring across the US while unsigned, they performed with notable acts such as MXPX, Bouncing Souls, The Devil Wears Prada, Silverstein, and Four Letter Lie, and selling over 3,000 copies of their self-produced EP Mistakes and Second Takes on their own gives some insight into the band’s dedication to their craft.
These Hearts was formed in August of 2007 by way of Fargo, ND. Consisting of Ryan Saunders on vocals, Isaiah Folk on drums, Kyle Colby and Daryl Van Beek on guitars, and Tyler Rice on bass, the band began playing shows in October and quickly began establishing a name for themselves in the upper Midwest.
The Christian, post-hardcore group has no intention of slowing down any time soon; recently signing to the legendary Victory Records, These Hearts will release their debut album Forever Ended Yesterday, produced by Craig Owens (Chiodos), on June 21st. These Hearts have graced the stages at festivals like Cornerstone, Agape, Ichthus, and Sonshine, and it will be hard to miss the band out spreading their positivity and faith-based values to the world in the coming year, as they intend to continue touring and playing music for fans new and old.
This group is worth checking out. Head on over and give 'em a listen.
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