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Sam Densmore's Silverhawk
Flowers In June EP
Pop Sweatshop Records

Rating: NR/10 ?


October 1, 2004
Man, I can't tell you how much I didn't want to like this record. Everything about it seemed to scream out "STAY AWAY" to my pop-punk ideals. I've been criticized as being too narrow minded when it comes to my music and I have to say that, in all honesty, I am pretty much notorious for approaching music with blinders on. I like what I like and the rest I just tune out.

Well, Samuel Densmore is one fellow I would more than likely tune out if this 4-song EP hadn't caught me on an off day. I had just come home from school and was determined to take a shower, get high, cook some dinner and watch a few Johnny Depp films back to back - not necessarily in that order. First thing in the door and I hit PLAY on the stereo's remote, spinning the volume knob as close to 10 as the speakers would safely allow. I had thought there would be some Barcelona or maybe that Red Shirt Brigade album in the player but it was actually the Silverhawk CD I was supposed to have reviewed weeks ago. I elected to just let it play while I indulged in a controlled substance or two. What I got was not what I expected and I was completely turned on to it, for whatever reason, before the narcotics kicked in. Something along the lines of contemporary meets tripped out Brit guitars with this backwoods Elliot Smith thing floating around. I don't know, it is really hard to give this record a cohesive review because the songs are all very different, having been written over a number of years. Densmore is usually a solo artist and it is rather apparent in the works presented even with extra members filling out the ranks of Silverhawk. There is definitely one person's expression driving these songs and at times it seems like the other band members are having trouble interpreting them but the heart of the songs always find their way to the surface.

I don't know how easy this album is to come by but, for reasons unknown to me, I would urge you to check it out if possible. And as an added bonus this Sam Densmore fellow is quite hunky!

Reviewed by Cassie Glanney
An occasional contributor to LAS magazine who loves life, liberty and libation. As of the last report, she was living in Houston, Texas with her dog, Ponch.

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