From out of the ashes of the Welsh band “Magenta” has evolved a bright new South Wales progressive rock outfit entitled “C Sides.” Obviously, I guess, a play on the British term Sea –Side(s). Besides the group name It took me a little while to home in on how good this band actually are but like all good things in music the harder it is to gain access the more worthwhile it turns out to be in the end, a case in point. Anyway, this is their second album entitled “We Are Now”. The first thing that struck me was the full impact of the overall sound created here but surprisingly enough just from three musicians in the band and as it happens a separate non musician lead vocalist. I couldn’t help but compare some of their sound to that of the dynamic Welsh trio Budgie and also, believe it or not (go check it out!) snatches of the US guitar psyche band “Christmas”. These guys have obviously saturated themselves in a wealth of good music and so it would be a total injustice to cite further possible influences in their compositions because they have disseminated and re-assembled so many good facets of the progressive rock genre that they, in fact, have generated and built up a particular style all of their own. Martin Rosser (ex Magenta) is undoubtable a superb guitarist / keyboardist and he spreads his talent completely throughout this album with wonderful little chord sequences, interesting riffs and nice solid runs. Together with (ex Magenta) drummer Alan Mason-Jones (No doubt he and Martin Rosser are good mates) and with Jay MacDonald (Ex-Sankara) on bass they all together make a formidable partnership working and supporting each other extremely well on what are some complex sounding arrangements. The cherry on the cake are the totally superb lead vocals from Allen McCarthy who has great timing and a very expressive voice and what’s more is clearly suited to this style of neo progressive music. He has also been responsible for penning the most interesting of lyrics to the music and as such has contributed greatly to the the overall sound of this band. Clearly too such musical arrangements are fully enhanced by some really nice backing vocals and tight harmonies from Martin Rosser in full support of Allen McCarthy.
An interesting and original album with some great arrangements, superb musicianship and good vocals throughout the nine tracks.
Cover Art: A really nice artistic three section cover actually designed by the bands drummer Allen Mason-Jones
1 Out of the Water
2 Black Road River
3 Deck Chair City
4 Truth Through Clowns
5 Rock and a Hard Place
6 Before the Fall
7 Living Without Wires
8 Lies in the Open
9 We Are Now
Allen McCarthy – vocals
Martin Rosser (ex-Magenta) guitars
Jay MacDonald (Sankara) – bass
Allan Mason Jones (ex-Magenta) – drums
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