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Sol 17 | Breakthrough

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by Sol 17

Emotionally driven classic alternative rock.
Genre: Rock: Modern Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Race Car
4:22 album only
2. In & Out
4:08 album only
3. New Song
3:47 album only
4. 3/4 in C
5:29 album only


Album Notes
A few months back, the three members of Sol 17 took a long, sobering look at their budding career. The band had certainly achieved some noteworthy accomplishments since releasing their first full-length album in the summer of 2002. The group had garnered both critical and public acclaim in the Louisville, KY music press. They'd seen increased exposure as a result, including a Derby Eve radio broadcast on WFPK's Live Lunch series, a showcase slot at the second annual MOM's Music Festival, and an impressive showing in the WHAS "Saturday Morning Superstar" contest. And the group had certainly learned quite a bit about the business of music, sharpening their networking skills and taking advantage of regional conference and workshop opportunities.

Still, the band had yet to achieve the seemingly simple task of defining their sound. There was no easy answer for the blank on the showcase application or the question of the booking agent. "I got kind of tired of mentioning the Bob Dylan comparisons," wryly notes lead singer and bassist Melissa Gaddie. However, those comparisons did help them realize the inescapable influence of such classic rock icons on their hard-to-pinpoint style. Other influences were more nebulous in nature, so Gaddie, guitarist Ray Wegimont and drummer Drew Duvall did exactly what music critics frequently do when stumped by style - they invoked the quixotic "E" word.

"If you think about it," says Gaddie with a shrug, "none of the bands labeled 'emo' by the press really admit to aspiring to that particular designation. We just thought we might as well cop to it."

Now sufficiently defined, the trio could spend their energy working on a new release, recorded at the studio of co-producers John and Marion Dries, who Ray refers to as "the Viagra of the Louisville music scene." The new 4-cut EP is more rock-oriented and less lo-fi than their previous efforts, and most importantly, it more accurately represents the sound of Sol 17. It's a disc that all members of the band agree they can finally be proud of.

Sol 17 wisely resisted the temptation to title their new EP "Finding Emo," and opted for Breakthrough instead. "It really is a breakthrough for us," Gaddie enthuses. "In terms of sound, this record is light-years ahead of the first disc."



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