Julience – Alcohol

Vocalist and multi-instrumentalist, Julience, has released a new single about, in his words, Love, Life, Failure & Alcohol. Heavy stuff!
This is a heavy driving rock song that lasts about 6 minutes.
The single is very well produced, and it takes a lot to impress our producer! We have no improvements to suggest in that department.
There’s some great stereo on the whole track, particularly noticeable in the drums and guitars. A skilful bass riff comes in at one point and steals the show.

Instrumental-heavy this reminded me very much of Brit pop such as Oasis and Radiohead. There were moments in the guitar tone and performance that reminded me of Lynyrd Skynyrd – particularly their newer releases (e.g. The Last Rebel).

When the vocal does come it, I am reminded of the likes of Roger Waters (especially on the Pros and Cons of Hitchiking album) and Roger Taylor on Queen’s track “Drowse” where he takes the lead. Its that kind of almost spoken word feel where the melody almost isn’t important. Don’t get me wrong – the vocals are solid, but there’s so many spoken word style sections to this that its worthy of mention.

Although this is a one man band effort, I can see this as being an absolute blinder as a live track. The lengthy guitar solos and instrumental sections are definite crowd pleasers. As a studio recording its done extremely well and something I’d listen to as background music, but for me it doesn’t develop enough to hold its own for the full 6 minutes.

This isn’t to say I dislike anything at all about the track. Again, extremely well produced and very well played on all instruments, I’d just like to have seen a little more development, especially during the final guitar solo. Perhaps more instrumentation? Some stops. Some rhythm changes. A different solo instrument. Who knows – and of course, this is just my opinion.
This is the first we’ve heard from Julience here at Send Me Your Ears. He’s definitely someone we’ll be keeping an eye on. Masterful playing and quality production, with some very clear Brit Pop/ Classic Rock influences. Great Stuff!

We give this song 3 ears out of 5