Oleander Takes Us On A Joyride
By
Erin Hibbard
7/15/2003 1:05:10 PM

I’ve been an Oleander fan ever since “Why I’m Here” off of the gold-selling February Son [Republic/Universal] hit number one on the airwaves back in 1999. Since then Oleander has released Unwind [Republic/Universal] in 2001 featuring the hit singles “Are You There” and “Halo”. Now, we welcome Joyride [Sanctuary Records] their latest full-length album released in March of this year.

You can’t lump this Sacramento-based band into one specific genre of music. With a new label that allows them to forge new pathways as musicians, Joyride introduces a new brand of creativity with a whole new sound, and the tracks are the evidence. Close attention should be paid to “Hands Off the Wheel”, “Joyride”, and “Runaway Train”.

Thomas Flowers’ (lead vocals/guitar) voice blends strikingly with the guitars as the perfect complement. Obvious influences of Nirvana and Incubus weave throughout the album, but the overall mood remains distinct. Perfectly blended melodies and harmonies along with incredible guitar riffs and drum solos, this album is a must-hear.

 

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