Xeron – Does Anybody Hear [1985]

XERON_DAHCountry USA          

Style AOR

Rating 82/100

Band Members Geoffrey Bowlick – Bass, Jeff Wolfe – Drums,Backing Vocals # 1, Larry Leon – Vocals, Paul McPhee – Rhythm Guitar,Backing Vocals # 1, Trevor Jay – Lead Guitar

Tracks 01. Visions (3:52), 02. Changes Calling (3:44), 03. Breathless (3:44), 04. Does Anybody Hear (4:15), 05. Would You Belong To Me? (3:51), 06. Lonely Street (4:44)

Profile XERON was one of those LA scene bands from the mid-’80s that albeit sounding very professional, never make it big. A shame, because their excellent indie miniLP “Does Anybody Hear…” features great songwriting and tight musicianship. The really interesting point of this recording is the successful blend of the typical Bay Area hard rock with heavy pompy AOR due the massive use of keyboards. Only six tracks onboard, but they don’t let the side down one iota.

Opener “Visions” is pretty heavy indeed, but texturized with awesome vocal harmonies and wonderful keys. It’s a powerful track with chuggy guitars and adrenaline on top but has tons of melodies. This track somehow reminds me Duke Jupiter on steroids (a high dose). Swaggering guitars and pompous keyboards are the motto of the retro “Changes Calling” inspired on some early eighties acts as Starz. Vocals are high pitched here still controlled and harmonic.

“Breathless” is indeed, breath taking. This is an absolute winner. Synth cascades to die for and thrilling guitars with an AOR stamp of approval on the chorus. Killer tune. Title track “Does Anybody Hear” is a completely different beast. It’s a really interesting, unusual semi-midtempo with some acoustic / clean electric guitars, but the real main character here are the pomp, almost prog vintage keyboards which carries the song. Also notable are the thought-provoking lyrics.

“Would You Belong To Me?” is the more commercial track on this record, carrying an uptempo catchy pace that grabs your attention. With a song structure as a hard version of Franke & The Knockouts, at first glance sounds simple and elemental, but it’s very well arranged adding nice touches here and there. Final track “Lonely Street” has a strong riff and an epic LA hard melody specially in the chorus where the six string progression rocks.

“Does Anybody Hear…” is a fantastic album, even if it is only 24 minutes. Not a dud to be found here. Solid, always interesting and properly produced.Vocalist Larry Leon years later showed his quality in Big Mouth, another Los Angeles band who released a very good album, ‘Hands Of Time’, more Melodic Rock / AOR oriented.

FDDBDB

 

 

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