Tuesday, November 29, 2016
Northern Irish rockers THE ANSWER released their new album, "Solas", on October 28 via Napalm. The record was produced by Andy Bradfield and Avril Mackintosh, who previously worked with THE ANSWER on their 2006 album "Rise". "Solas", which is the Gaelic (Irish language) word for "light," is also the title of the lead track on the new album.
With the last record "Raise A Little Hell" the band started to get outdated and a bit musty. Not that the album was bad, it just didn't have anything new. With "Solas" the band takes a new turn, creating something brand new. Is this good, well, hell yeah. The new "ANSWER" really show that these guys can play.
Having gone back to their roots and rediscovered their inner selves, "Solas" is an honest and brave album that panders to no label, to no media framework and to no rules. It is dark, occasionally menacing and at certain moments, joyous and uplifting. It is a record that bears the scars and soul of four talented men from Northern Ireland; sometimes troubled but seeking creative liberation.
The symbol that sits on the front cover, the ancient Celtic sign for "illumination," bears witness to this 2016 musical evolution. THE ANSWER are firmly embarked upon a new journey having been through the darkest period in their relatively brief rock history.
THE ANSWER consists of Cormac Neeson (vocals), Paul Mahon (guitar), Michael Waters (bass) and James Heatley (drums).
Today's tune "Solas" is the title track from the upcoming album. Enjoy!
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