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9. Determined to give Dave Grohl a run for his money, Cincy drummer Keith Adams (Giant Wow, former Sound Mind) came out of nowhere with a huge one-man Rock show dubbed The Proper Authorities. Public Service Announcement, his debut disc of heavy Progressive Pop, is scheduled for release next month.
Among the explosion of ‘one-man bands’ that technology has made possible, the usual common thread is a lo-fi sound or at the very least an intimate feel. Keith Adams is having none of that. With Public Service Announcement, the veteran of local Techno-Rock faves Sound Mind (and more recently Power Pop trio Giant Wow) has made an album that celebrates the view from his corner of the music world, which is danceable, hard-hitting, eclectic and selectively introspective. With synth-heavy grooves, unexpected key changes and a healthy dose of Rock charisma, the project is part Information Society and part ‘80s Genesis. Adams’ smooth voice has appreciable range, and his keyboard and guitar playing show off his inventiveness and compositional chops (although my one complaint with the disc is that the potential variety of guitar and bass tones and crunch aren’t fully explored). Naturally, the drumming is phenomenal; as in Adams’ other bands, he displays the metronomic precision that makes you wonder if the parts were programmed, and the tasty feel to prove they weren’t. Released in January, PSA‘s tunes have already been snatched for compilations and podcasts, and ‘The Ninth Life Jitters’ has even won some very legit songwriting awards. Taking DIY to a new level, Adams has also produced a video for the song ‘Devastate’ using the CGI skills he has honed at his multimedia design company, further illustrating that anything can happen where talent and determination intersect. Hopefully Adams will assemble a band to eventually bring this outstanding virtual project into the live realm. (Ezra Waller) Grade: B
What? Another review already? I am so far behind,again….forgive me.
Maybe I’ll blame Keith Adams, aka The Proper Authorities. I put this CD on at long last and whoa, it’s tearin’ my s__t UP… this is a great album, nice crunchy rock-pop with some nice hooks, great songwriting and did you notice I only mentioned Keith Adams. Yep, Mr. Adams has pulled a Prince and wrote, played and sang this album all by his badass self.
13 solid, blistering tracks and each have a real big sound. The one band this reminds me of is the mighty Queensryche back in the ‘Empire’ days… same great pacing and is a bit conceptual. But I think TPA stands fine without any comparsions other then to say its a great table setter to the next album.
"The Ninth Life Jitters" Top 5 in Rock / Alt category
"The Ninth Life Jitters" Honorable Mention (Top 500)
2nd Place (Top 3) in "Lights, Camera, Music" Challenge
15th Place (Top 20) in Overall 6-Pack Challenge