AND IF YOU TOOK SOME TIME TO LOOK, MAYBE YOU SHOULD GIVE
MY LOVE A CHANCE TO SHINE THROUGH
“ Out of the blue, I wrote the above lyrics, this line fits in with the rest of the song as a message to my object of interest. But the above line was actually written in a totally different context- it reflects my thoughts on local music.
On my music. Our music still has a long way to go, but I believe it is already in a good enough form for people to enjoy. Local music in general is like that- not entirely polished, but full of ideas. More importantly, they reflect our own lives, not the life of a person living in America or UK or whatever you listen to. ”
- Logan from Strait Groove, before their first album launch in December 2011.
I received an email from Timbre announcing the album launch of Strait Groove on 20th January 2013 at Timbre @ Substation and decided to Facebook it.
Jam bands are aplenty with the rise of bandcamp and social media as a whole but Strait Groove caught my eye.
Strait Groove, a pop-rock band that started out as a quartet in mid-2011. Influenced by what they call Love, Life and Sadness; (Aren’t we all influenced by life’s ups and downs) they debuted their first album <In Stock Now> to a full house crowd at the Arts House.
Their sophomore effort Time Train is an interesting mix of life stories; from I Lost My Mind on the Way Back Home where they vent their frustrations about losing their dreams to Catch 23 that literally started out as almost 30 seconds of story-telling.
Title track Time Train may not have been my favourite track of the album but Foolish Heart definitely made an impression; well you can safely say that it’s on repeat. (It starts: Foolish Heart, Set yourself to be torn apart; Foolish heart, should have known you from the start) Instead of lamenting how foolish one may be when it comes to love, the song has a unique twist to its story-telling; as Strait Groove serenades someone that they hope stays away from them.
Listen to second-last track Burning Desire that features an introduction by Mr Brown, an almost-hilarious (in a good way) start to a song about rejection and heartbreak. (Where you the wicked witch from that place out west; who thought that love was a test, did I fail to impress?)
Strait Groove is definitely one talented band. Check out their songs at:
Time Train’s Lyrics: Straits Groove Time Train Lyrics
by Melissa Fu