New Artist Feature: Tether

Shattered EP cover art
Shattered EP cover art — image credit to Tether

The whole reason we chose the name Music Unlabeled for our music webzine is simple: we wanted to take away all the labels from music and get to the heart of what it’s all about, the music. That’s why we don’t really favor a particular genre or brand of music. We cover everything from hip-hop, pop, country, heavy metal, instrumental – there are no limits to what we’ll cover.

Lately we’ve had the honor of being contacted by numerous newer bands – bands that haven’t gotten a lot of publicity or press. Dog Brain was just the start of all the new artists that have contacted us looking for a little bit of publicity. Being able to all of these bands who share that love of music has been my favorite part of Music Unlabeled, because not only do I get the pleasure of listening to them (where I may not have ever gotten the chance before) but I get to help spread the word about them for other people to listen and enjoy as well.

With all of that being said, it is my absolute pleasure to review Tether tonight. They contacted us last week through our email (musicunlabeled@gmail.com) requesting a review. When we take submissions, we generally require two things: that you give us a sample of your music or a way to listen to it easily, and that you say a little bit about yourselves. Well this is what they had to say:

“Tether is a 5-piece unsigned band originating from Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Our music is a mix of hard rock and metal with elements of punk, consisting of heavy riffs, melodic passages, fast rhythms and wicked solos, but without missing out on catchy, energetic choruses. Our major musical influences include (but are not limited to) Avenged Sevenfold, Protest The Hero, Three Days Grace, and Rise Against. We’ve been gigging around Southern Ontario since July 2013, having shared the stage with bands such as I Am King (Rise/Velocity Records), Skull Fist (NoiseArt Records), Castle (Prosthetic Records), The Mahones (Whiskey Devil Records), Hookers & Blow (Dizzy Reed of Guns and Roses and Alex Grossi of Quiet Riot), Mirrelia and Red Handed Denial. Our debut EP, titled ‘Shattered,’ which was in part crowd-funded by our amazing fan base ($2000 in Indiegogo and cash contributions) was released in September 2014. You can find our EP online on iTunes, Bandcamp, Amazon, and CD Baby.

With our current lineup in place since June 2014, we’re constantly writing newer, more focused material that we hope to release in the near future (i.e. when funds allow it). Be sure to catch us live since we can’t stand sitting on our asses for too long and are constantly playing and looking to play shows!”

That was the bio that they sent us. That alone was enough to get my attention and make me want to review them ASAP. And after having listened to their EP “Shattered” (graciously provided to us by them), I can’t deny that they’ve hit the nail on the head with describing their music. Every note of every song had my full and undivided attention… and at the end of the album I wanted more!

Even though the EP only has six songs, you feel like it’s a full album – and that’s not a bad thing, especially considering the first song on the EP was merely an instrumental intro. The album was very much like a rollercoaster in a way, and it flowed just as smoothly. The guitar was constant, guiding the songs even more than the vocals did – though both came in strong and heavy, demanding attention. The only real qualms I had about it was that sometimes but not always the guitar solos seemed out of place, distracting from the song as a whole and making it easier to lose focus once you got past the first three songs. But other than that, I have no issues with the album whatsoever.

I was very impressed with the lyrics overall, but they aren’t to be taken lightly. If you pay enough attention, they’re really rather intense. But intense doesn’t mean bad – just definitely not for the faint of heart. I do have a select few favorites off of this album, like “Last Train Home” and “Dose.”

Overall I think that Tether is going to be one of those bands that are around for a long time, whether they get signed eventually or not. Either way, I’m very excited to see how they grow and develop as artists and will definitely keep an eye on them.

If you want to keep an eye on them too, you can at the following places:

Spotify: Tether

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