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Brand New Day

generationbeautiful.jpgHappy Memorial Day, glam fans. I'm working right now, but I hope you're enjoying a day off. Today, a review of a great new glam band known as Generation Beautiful.

Guitarist Anthony Focx is anything but new to the music scene, having performed with both Bang Tango and Beautiful Creatures. With Beautiful Creatures on hiatus, Focx went looking for a new project and eventually formed Alternative outfit Generation Beautiful with singer Shelby Goff. Soon, the duo found themselves joined by guitarist Fred Nilsson, bassist Jamie Zimlin and drummer Jerry Vidal.

Generation Beautiful: Live  is a unique debut effort. This isn’t the first time a band has tried to spark interest with a live release (KISS, anyone?), still, live albums can be hard to push in a fickle music market.

The disc starts off strong enough with the noises of an excited crowd. “This Is Me” is written as a dark song, but the crowd and live energy make the track come off as an upbeat rocker, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing.

“Borrowed Time” has a definite melodic hook, and showcases Goff’s vocal range. The tracks also features some great guitar riffs and heavy bass lines. “Borrowed Time” is one of the heaviest songs on  Generation Beautiful: Live.

The band has a relentless attitude when it comes to both practicing and molding a unique sound. This perfectionist mindset has landed Generation Beautiful at several shows across the globe, including performing for troops stationed in Iraq and Afghanistan. The band wrote “Freedom” for U.S. military personnel stationed abroad. The lyrics are poignant, but not preachy.

After the heavier “Freedom” comes in the punk-inspired “Breathe.” This song serves as a throwback to Focx and his Sunset Strip roots. While the track is definitely current, it also features a melodic hook and sing-a-long chorus. “Breathe” is definitely the stand-out track on  Generation Beautiful: Live  and judging by the enthusiastic response, it’s also a crowd favorite.

The live album ends with the appropriately titled “Rowdy,” a down and dirty rocker with sultry vocals and a unique rhythm section. With the guitars blaring and drums pounding, it’s sometimes a little difficult to understand what Goff is singing, still, “Rowdy” proves to be a fun track and definitely worth multiple listens. While Generation Beautiful: Live  may not be the perfect debut album, it is a strong effort and proves that music is still alive and well on California’s Sunset Strip.



Reader Comments (6)

It is good to hear that the Sunset Strip is alive and kickin'! Generation Beautiful sounds like a good band.
To bad about Anthony Focx!
May 28, 2007 | Unregistered CommenteraXe mAn
Am I the only one who wants more details on the "embarrassing behavior"?
May 28, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterHeather
I'd like to know what means, too Heather.

I was supposed to interview these guys...I doubt that will happen now!

May 28, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterAllyson
Yes, what was the "embarrassing" behavior?!
May 28, 2007 | Unregistered CommenteraXe mAn

According to Focx, the whole thing has dissolved. I wonder if the rest of the band agrees ?

May 29, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterChristian Graus
anthony,I use to call him tony 22 years ago keep up the good work you rock.scott
December 21, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterscott

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