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My Lady Four - Everyone Pays the Gatekeeper

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My Lady Four - Everyone Pays the Gatekeeper
Record Label: None
Release Date: July 1, 2009
In today’s day and age, it seems record labels are getting greedier and greedier. No longer do they try to nurture the best and brightest new talent. Instead, they consistently sign artists that will bring them the most money in album sales. This seems to be the answer to the first question that popped into my head after hearing My Lady Four’s debut album Everyone Pays the Gatekeeper: why the hell isn't this band signed!?

One of the things that make this record great is the amount of technical skill and dynamic control that is evident. The band uses dueling guitars (“Your Idea Of a Good Time”), grooving bass lines over impressive drumbeats (“Sometimes You Eat The Bear…”), and the soft sounds of piano keys (“At the Gate”) over the course of the record. However, all of the instrumentation pales to the performance of lead vocalist Brian Schwarz. Jumping from full-on rockers to slowed-down ballads (and back again), Schwarz proves his worth with a versatile voice that highlights every mood conveyed on the record. However, all the technical skill in the world would prove useless without a rudimentary grasp of dynamics, and My Lady Four has much more than that. This control of dynamics is more evident in the album’s two extremes. “At the Gate” slowly builds as the song goes on, and the music corresponds perfectly with Schwarz’s lyrics. In what is easily the album’s heaviest song, “Your Idea Of a Good Time” also displays an impressive amount of dynamics. The band manages to keep a fine line between dissonance and melody in areas where most bands would lose themselves to chaos. Finally, the lyrical content shows a level of intelligence in Schwarz not present in most modern day front men. Most impressive is the thought provoking biblical reference in “And Suddenly, I’m Somebody”: “Without the Pharaoh, what would Moses be?”

Throughout this entire record, My Lady Four show an impressive amount of technical skill, great control over their dynamics, and the ability to write strong, even thought-provoking lyrics. This band is definitely on my radar, and let this review serve as my open appeal to any and all labels to pay attention to this band.

Recommended If You LikeAction Item; Anberlin; dynamic, emo-tinged, pop influenced rock

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10:35 AM on 12/18/09
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From my homestate.
11:57 AM on 12/18/09
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You love bragging about bands from your homestate don't you
these guys are great though. If they're from your local scene, you gotta, in the words of Alex Gaskarth, nurture and support that shit!
12:12 PM on 12/18/09
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You love bragging about bands from your homestate don't you
these guys are great though. If they're from your local scene, you gotta, in the words of Alex Gaskarth, nurture and support that shit!
Oh yes, I do! These guys are great, though. The drummer for my band especially loves them.
12:33 PM on 12/18/09
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Oh yes, I do! These guys are great, though. The drummer for my band especially loves them.
With good reason! This band absolutely rules. Show your drummer this review! and show me the myspace for your band! haah
12:35 PM on 12/18/09
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With good reason! This band absolutely rules. Show your drummer this review! and show me the myspace for your band! haah
www.myspace.com/differenceofforever

There's nothing there but pictures haha. We don't really have the resources to record anything yet.
12:57 PM on 12/18/09
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www.myspace.com/differenceofforever

There's nothing there but pictures haha. We don't really have the resources to record anything yet.
bedroom recording? haha
try the program audacity
12:59 PM on 12/18/09
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bedroom recording? haha
try the program audacity
I suppose Audacity could work, but we don't even have mics or anything like that either.
01:53 PM on 12/18/09
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I suppose Audacity could work, but we don't even have mics or anything like that either.
that could be an issue. Mics are usually very cheap, maybe 20 or 30 dollars for a decent one
02:07 PM on 12/18/09
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that could be an issue. Mics are usually very cheap, maybe 20 or 30 dollars for a decent one
hooking it up to a computer?
02:14 PM on 12/18/09
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hooking it up to a computer?
You should buy a computer-compatible microphone, since most computers have a microphone jack, if they don't have a built in microphone already.
02:17 PM on 12/18/09
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You should buy a computer-compatible microphone, since most computers have a microphone jack, if they don't have a built in microphone already.
Hm, I don't know. I'll have to look into it further.
04:28 AM on 12/19/09
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Your style has improved. Good review dude
12:59 AM on 12/23/09
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Your style has improved. Good review dude
thanks, man!
09:45 PM on 01/04/10
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awsome review. great band.
check them out. :D

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