Weekend Soundtrack: The Alt-Rock Sound of Pale Blue Dot’s ANATOMY

Virginia native Tony LaRocco and his band of indie rockers, Pale Blue Dot, play the type of alternative rock music that appeals both to the indie rock crowd and the top 40 pop rock public. With the curb appeal of bands like Foo Fighters and a DIY work ethic, Pale Blue Dot should be on the verge of blowing up and sneaking some radio play in the near future.

Released on Rockfish Music, their latest nine track record boasts extremely catchy hooks, soaring vocals, and a ton of pop appeal. With tracks like “Only Love”, there are comparisons to be made to pop darlings like Kings of Leon. Yet, tracks like “The Harlot and the Gambler” have a bit more of a Phil Collins meets grunge rock feel – almost like a grittier rocker inserting themself into a beautiful pop song to give it just a little bit of edge. The drums really shine in tracks like “Dust and Light” and “Yesterday’s News”, adding an extra dynamic and different musical focal point to those songs. “Yesterday’s News” also marks one of the album’s few shorts where the band goes into a full rock-out mode. In short, this isn’t some one dimensional pop rock act.

Fans of some of the solid alt-rock bands of a previous era like Lifehouse and Our Lady Peace should find something familiar and comforting in this album, while younger audiences that connect with modern alternative bands like Coldplay or Blue October will definitely find a lot to love hear too. Even Maroon 5 and straight ahead pop fans are likely to tap their toes and nod their heads with Anatomy.

Pale Blue Dot won’t melt your face off, but that’s not really what they’re going for. Instead, they’ll woo you with pleasant, enjoyable rock tunes that blend classic alternative influences like The Cure, grunge rock style ala Pearl Jam, and the soaring layered pop aesthetics of bands like U2 and Coldplay. Check out this album, your ears will thank you.

Justin has been running websites since his first Geocities site in 1994, but only did he ever start covering anything of substance years later. After he stopped regularly running local concerts in Northern NJ and the greater Philly area, he knew he needed to step up his writing game if he expected to continue to get free music to listen to. He writes regularly here and at Cinapse, as well as contributing to a few other sites on occasion. He likes music, film, the Philadelphia Eagles, the 76ers, talking about Criminal Justice, reading Intelligence Report, and his family... not in that order. His beautiful wife is far more talented than he is and his kids far more adorable... and crazy.
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6 Replies to “Weekend Soundtrack: The Alt-Rock Sound of Pale Blue Dot’s ANATOMY”

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    No. Just no. My ears are not happy, they are pissed saw hell for listening to your review. We’re you paid to write this?

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