PREMIERE: The House on Cliff – Skin and Bones

The digital age, with its streaming and online music stores, has apparently massacred the beauty of rock music. People (Gene Simmons) constantly lament that the digital age has killed rock music due the piracy that came with the freedom of the World Wide Web. The phrase “so-and-so made real music” is commonly thrown about in discussions about modern rock versus rock music that came from previous decades. One of the focus points of this phrase is the 70s – the decade that was supposedly the golden age of rock music. It is an understandable sentiment. Rock music was still new and exciting in the 70s and it was the decade in which it truly took root and resulted in the likes of Led Zeppelin rising to success after The Rolling Stones had so deftly carved out a niche for rock ‘n roll. It was an era where rock music was the king of all genres and these artists were bursting with the energy and swagger that comes from dominating the chart.

The aforementioned energy and supposed originality have supposedly been lost on modern bands according to people (Gene Simmons). New bands are often compared to those titans of the rock industry and will always fall short of the imposing shadow that is cast. However, a string of bands has arisen that seek to diminish that shadow by effortlessly incorporating the frantic energy and melody of 70s rock music into their modern approach to rock music. One of those bands is The House on Cliff.

They cling tightly to the frantic energy and infectious groove that was inherent to 70s rock music. It is a sound that would be antiquated and awkward if it was not tempered by the modern influences. This is why the sweeping melody of alternative rock finds itself underpinning much of their new EP Skin and Bones. For instance, “Demon Days” is a sweeping alternative rock anthem that sounds like the spirit of Queen was firmly imbedded in the core of the song. The chorus bears much resemblance to that of the “Somebody to Love”. One could regard this as being a cheap imitation but in more ways than one – it is a tribute to a band that truly redefined the face of rock music and especially alternative rock.

The House on Cliff does not solely cling to merging alternative rock with 70s rock music. Other songs seem them displaying a flamboyant as they shift between the simmering aggression of garage rock and the swaggering sex appeal of indie rock. It is a style that sees them removing themselves from just being a band that pays tribute to the 70s, but rather as a band that is capable of transcending multiple subgenres of rock music. It fits with their belief that rock music should not be the exclusive club that it has steadily become as people continue to divide it up into rigid subgenres. Such division has created the belief that if you listen to indie rock then you can’t listen to punk, and so forth. The House on Cliff spits in the face of such division as they draw numerous genres to create a glorious amalgamation of everything that is great about rock music. The House on Cliff is a must for all rock fans and it is with great pleasure that we present the premiere of their brand new EP Skin and Bones. 



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