The Grey Area: 508 Review

Jason Steinhauer and Timothy Jones’s first EP, 508, is a mixture of blues rock, pop, and rock and roll. They are from Washington D.C., and in 2011 they were nominated for a New Artist of the Year award, by the Washington Area Music Association. Their EP has a variety of styles that will definitely be pleasant to the palate of any music listeners taste.

The first three songs were hardcore rock, with slamming guitar chords, and ear bleeding results. The songs “Sugar, From You,” and “(What You) Do (To) Me,” and “You,” appear to be an outlet for the musicians’ anger. These dissonant songs would make any listener get in touch with their own anger.

On the other hand, listening to “Ourselves” and “Hurricane” can easily lift a person from a bad mood, especially through the upbeat, rhythmic chords of the electric guitar. These songs are reflective of the true talent of these musicians. It appears that this song was about being sad, lonely, and turning to music as medicine. The singer feels alone, until “The song sounds good inside my head.” This is just one of many examples of uplifting lyrics.

“Hurricane,” engages with both acoustic and electric guitar. With a melancholy feel, the singer reflects on his past life, and his youth. While youth had its craziness, he had answers to important questions, but much of the song remains a mystery. These last two songs will definitely jump start the music career of these musicians.

The Review: 8/10

The Big Hit

– Ourselves

Review by Jon Zaccarini

Pete Francis

Pete Francis is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Blues Rock Review. Pete launched Blues Rock Review full-time in 2011 because he felt there was a major void in how the blues rock genre was covered. Pete is the host of Blues Rock Weekly and a co-host on the Blues Rock Show.

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