The brain is an amazing thing. Its ability to recognize patterns and then apply this knowledge to a future situation has certainly saved lives and when related to music, it has certainly saved some money. Sometimes, though, these patterns just don't apply. Take for example, the vocal style of Mike Russell of Amestory. Isolated or paired with a pop-punk rhythm section, I’d probably be heading for the hills of New Found Glory, fortunately, however, Amestory take a different approach.
Initially just a duo formed by Russell and long time friend Doug Prior on piano, Amestory quickly brought on JD Knotts and Derek Coburn on drums and bass to aid in live performances as well as the recording of this self-titled full length. The blend of piano and guitar along with a rich bass sound and complementary drumming create a lush chamber feel – especially with the occasional addition of Ray Tong on violin – that sets Russell's lyrical and vocal work not in the realm of a suburban youth tormented by a string of failed relationships, but rather in the territory of a matured individual reflecting upon life.