Rarely does the Hillbilly divert from hard core music but on this occasion I have found a band that is so completely good and different that I feel the need to do so. Such is the case with The Other Side of Morning. Part physcadelic part a prism for your ears it is a fantastic mix of sound that makes you want to sit back and sip off the ole jug. This band is definitely the kind of band that the world needs more of. Creative, unique, mellow and hard but mostly just a good twist to the sounds of old with a new spirit. You owe it to yourself to grab a chair sit back and listen.
The Other Side of Morning create a limitless sonic realm. The Los Angeles three-piece bend and break the boundaries of hard rock, with a swirling combination of ethereal textures and jagged riffs. Each element, from the guitars to the drums, becomes vibrant. Riffs crunch with an infectious groove while keys elevate the sound to an audio rapture. Guitarist James Werner and bassist Kyle Wyman trade vocal harmonies over Tom Yagodinski’s massive fusion of prog and jazz beats. The album bleeds classic rock realism, with a vinyl-obsessed aesthetic characteristic of rock’s heyday. This is alternative music in its purest form. It’s volatile, inspiring and thought provoking. It’s The Other Side of Morning.
Hailing from Wisconsin, James, Kyle and Tom have been lifelong friends. Together, they made the decision to head west and start the band. Their music bears a genuine excitement for art. Tom describes the band’s sound best. “It’s a combination of the last 35 years of rock and roll. Personally, I pull influences from every source I can, ranging from The Beatles to Morbid Angel. We’re comfortable with the term ‘alternative rock band.’ A true alternative band is alternative to the mainstream, but still compelling. That’s where we fit. We aim to incorporate all of our influences while maintaining our sound.” From the spacey, forlorn melody of “Reasons and Motives” to the entrancing textures of “Radiation,” The Other Side of Morning are treading different waters. The music straddles a fine line between heavy and melodic, never losing a dark sensibility, but preserving a positive message at the core.
James delves deeper into the songs. “There are no limitations. It’s definitely a big sound on record and on stage. It’s pretty organic.” That comes through on “The Hostage” where a snapping beat segues into a psychedelic stoned bliss. The power of these tracks lies in the stories they tell. James continues, “One line should be able to spark a whole song. I wrote ‘Reasons and Motives’ right after Hurricane Katrina, and there were just some incredible images on TV. It’s not a political song at all. There were images of what people were going through that I could relate to on an emotional level. It seemed like things were crazy, but at the same time, people were helping each other. The song involves those situations. It’s based on reality and the emotions people go through, and it’s ultimately positive.”
The band crafts songs organically, beginning with a riff or progression and then expanding it into a whole world. Describing this process, Kyle shows, “It’s about being observant about the world around you and taking that one line or idea and making something out of it. We’ve always been great at just jamming. The energy is just electric. We just turn our amps and go.” When The Other Side of Morning blasts off, they take any listeners in earshot with them to another plane.
Ultimately, the name provides a solid parallel for the music. It was drawn from Jim Morrison’s “American Prayer.” In this poem, Morrison answered the question “Where are you going?” with “To the other side of morning.” It’s a place beyond here. It’s unrestricted, and it can be rejuvenating and inspiring all at once. It is this band, and it’s where they’re going to take you. – Rick Florino