The Sadies is an Americana band from Toronto, Canada. Their newest project, to be released October 1, 2013, is a full length album titled Internal Sounds. Involving all aspects of rootsy composition, it is hard to determine an exact genre for their creations. With songs that lean more towards older Rock n’ Roll, others towards Country Western, and those that are completely Folksy, where the Irish roots stand out, the overall album is not only pleasing to the ear but deep in message. The first song, “The First 5 Minutes” has a darker musical undertone, with mysterious lyrics that incorporate twists to old children’s nursery rhymes. With the song “The Very Beginning”, the tone is brightened up, with a nice Country, almost Bluegrass feel to the instrumental section, in a major key, however keeping a dark lyrical balance. More on the Rock end of things, with a hint of Mystical Folk, the song “The Very Ending” shows off the musical talents of Dallas and Travis Good, with their guitar skills and vocal range. Dallas also plays the organ for the whole record, while Travis’ artistry also includes the fiddle. Other band members are Sean Dean on the bass, and Mike Belitsky on drums. To end the project, The Sadies closed with a little number featuring the famed Canadian-Cree artist, Buffy Sainte-Marie, with their song “We Are Circling”, which goes on to celebrate the unity of humanity in spirit, nature and music. The track featured the voice of the Native-American songstress, with an ethereal eastern musical background. It had the quality of a hypnotising religious chant.
In all, Internal Sounds by the Sadies is an interesting mix of roots-filled musical expression. Lending towards the deep and mystical, with their mysterious lyrics and dark undertones, the band is not to be overlooked. The album should be recommended to anyone interested in the more alternative versions of Country and Rock, those more genuine and down to earth creations of musicians interested in building up their skills and creativity rather than just pleasing the masses or the Label Executives (though, by all means, the music of the Sadies is nothing short of pleasing).A definite recommended listen to all friends of Americana.
Reviewed by Audrey Zaleski