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Shark Rider

by Voice In the Attic

Imagine Barry White on speed meeting the emotional intensity of Damien Rice: With its evocative and lyrical songs that were hand-picked out of more than 30 tracks, Shark Rider is essential VOICE IN THE ATTIC.
Genre: Rock: Adult Alternative Pop/Rock
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1. Pathetic
3:29 $0.99
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2. Safe
4:08 $0.99
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3. Wrong
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4. Ground
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
"A haunting sound that is screaming its way to your airwaves. Shark Rider is a cool off beat head turner with Bogey's answer to rock n roll written all over it. This is a fresh new idea of what music should be with the potential of changing how we all celebrate life and living" (Rebecca Hosking, Skope Magazine)

"I had one of those 'It's about time - something original' moments" (James McCabe)

BC Bogey is the VOICE IN THE ATTIC. He is a German-born songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and former opera singer whose intense live performances have been hailed as "an archetypal world of precise sonic imagery."

For Shark Rider, the follow-up to VOICE IN THE ATTIC's acclaimed self-distributed debut Earily Familiar, Bogey has teamed up with Grammy-winning musicians and sound engineers that have produced and played on releases by One Republic, Robert Francis, Seal and Kelly Clarkson. "The LA style which seeks to enhance rather than alter and distort a musical event is just what I was looking for," he says. "I feel I'm among friends and fellow musicians who truly understand my artistic vision."

Shark Rider has been released worldwide on June 1. Only a few days later, VOICE IN THE ATTIC's new songs were selected for rotation by iRADIO LA, the world's most popular independent radio station and voted as the first "Internet Radio Station Of The Year" by New Music Weekly Magazine. Other radio stations followed suit. The song 'Pathetic' has made it into the finals of the Australian Songwriters Association's International Category.

When asked in a recent interview about the source of inspiration for the band's name Bogey, who says that being trained as a classical musician he didn't want to "merely end up interpreting what others had thought, felt and written," explained:

"It was inspired by Patrick McGrath's novel Spider. The protagonist hears voices allegedly coming from the attic of the boarding house he is staying at. Only later does the reader realize that this guy, Spider, suffers from schizophrenia. The voices are in fact created by Spider's disturbed mind and can only be heard by him. To me, this is also an image of all sorts of creative processes, such as making music. You can only be an artist by way of introspection, that is, if you listen closely to what your 'inner voice' tells you. But if you wish to stay sane, the voice in the attic must enter into a fruitful dialogue with the outside world. That's one part of the explanation. Besides, I'm a singer and I own a recording studio in the attic of an old house. So I think the name fits perfectly."

When the interviewer enquired what was Bogey's preferred method of songwriting, he replied:

"I once said that I'm a singing poet rather than a poetic singer, meaning there's usually a story behind a song written by me that connects to my life, my way of looking at things. One thing I remind myself of when trying a new song and it doesn't come out right is this, I tell myself: "BC, if you've got nothing to say, just shut up." So normally, I have a concept first - a line or perhaps a topic I wish to write about, something that bothers me or which has recently happened to me, etc. Once I know what the song will be about, the music comes naturally. To give you an example: 'Wrong' came into existence when I was at a post office early one morning. Upon leaving, I couldn't open the bloody door. I looked up and saw this large sign saying PULL right in front of my face. Guess what? I had been pushing all the time. Leaving the building I muttered to myself, "What the hell is wrong with you, man?" Getting on my bike and riding back home, the melody for the chorus popped up in my head. As soon as I got home, I grabbed a guitar and a mic and recorded it. It's still the same as the one you can hear in the song."

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Mike DeGagne

"Expressive, sensitive and heartfelt"
BC Bogey's haunting, even soothing, singing style is the strength behind Voice In The Attic's latest release Shark Rider. His style is similar to lead singer Jeff Martin of Windsor, Ontario's The Tea Party, where his deep, yearning voice is front and center. The four tracks that make up Shark Rider are energetic rock tunes accompanied by raucous electric guitar backing, strong acoustic guitar lines, and a fervent, robust rock undercarriage. When Bogey is singing at a slower pace, his yearn-filled bellow bursts at the seams with emotion, and when he bellows out the louder stuff he sounds even more poignant.

"Pathetic" opens up the album at a bit of a slower pace, but Bogey's voice immediately grabs the listener's attention in an instant. Smooth guitar lines and brisk, half-paced drum work give this semi-ballad the appropriate weight, but the focus is truly on Bogey's singing; expressive, sensitive, and heartfelt. The wavering rhythm and cymbal crashes partner with Bogey's wailing near the finale of the tune, giving the song a dreamy, wistful play out.

"Safe" is in the same style, yet the song's character has a tad more drum work and "crunch" to it, with more of a rock underlay. The pace of this track is faster, and Bogey's vocal work merges well with the fluency of the music.

The next track entitled "Wrong" has Bogey repeatedly asking the question, "What's wrong with you?". This time, there's a slicker, greasier rock sound to the music. Excellent guitar work and drumming give this tune an edge. The music encompasses the redundancy and repetition of the lyrics, but the flow of the song is catchy and even evocative.

The last track of the quartet entitled "Ground" opens up with a subtle piano riff and Bogey's best sampling of his vocal might. Here, his voice is spotlighted and sounds as powerful and as forceful as any track of the four… too bad the song plays just under 2:30. Actually, the disc itself is only about fifteen minutes long, leaving you to want to hear more, which is truly a "good thing".

BC Bogey had some great help on this EP. He had assistance from musicians and sound engineers that worked with Kelly Clarkson, One Republic, and Seal. The production and overall sound is crisp and potent, which is what one would expect when those kind of names are associated with the people who helped make your album.

If there's one knock about this entire project, it would be the cheesy cd cover. It's a picture of Bogey superimposed and balancing himself on the nose of a great white shark. But, when the only aspect you really have to work on is the cover of your album, your future looks pretty promising. He has the chops, his music is appealing, and he's a fine writer. We'll just have to wait and see what comes next from Voice In The Attic.
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