Genre: Dance-Pop, Alternative Rock, Punk

Sounds like: Paramore 

The Good Marketability, Feel Good Vibe 

The Bad More musical variety

The Ugly None

The Band 4 out of 5

The Music 4 out of 5

The Songs 5 out of 5

The Vibe 4 out of 5

The Production 3 out of 5

The Verdict 3.5 out of 5





The Artist I recently checked out the latest release from Southern California 2 piece unit Backnbloom. This band is headed up by energetic front woman Lori Stele and engineer, programmer Alberto Beka. The CD is entitled Music for the Modern Monkey and was released in 2011. 


The band Steele and company bring to the table some impressive playing and writting. I would say this band clearly possesses above average playing and above average writing abilities. You will find many impressive chops and a slamming production style presented along the way. Timing is spot on within the dance-rock genera. Steele definitely holds her own remarkably on vocals and definitely brings the whole project together. The music possesses a very marketable Alternative dance-Pop sound that in very unique in flavor. Some pieces even cross the line into Alternative Rock or Indoe-Rock. All in all great music to crash a late night party to. Music is timeless, very upbeat, emotional and easy to groove to. It will remind you of classic No Doubt, Paramore and even Pink The songs Simply put - all songs are well rounded with amazing highs. There’s nothing like a good musical production to fill your sonic space,  this is definitely one of them. Simply put, very much like life itself this CD personifies the human experience, with music that are 100% honest, pure and genuine. The production professional grade from start to finish with crystal clear recording quality. There's not many songs you can listen to time and time again. The good Overall - a remarkably consistent, well rounded musical production. Honorable mentions go out to the remarkable vocal presence of Lori Steel and all the behind the scenes production work from Alberto Beka. The bad CD lacks depth and sounds extremely one sided. These types of synthetic productions are becoming more and more prevalent these days. More variety is needed and many are built of a house of cards when compared to top level Dance-Pop productions. This can be done without losing the core dance foundation. This band is in a tough league with respect to this particular genera - however they are clearly headed in the right direction. The ugly Nothing to report. 


The verdict Music for the Modern Monkey by Backnbloom is an impressive collection of music. Lori Steelei has star quality and is a marquee talent within this band. Her musical personality shines with a rare brilliance comparable to a priceless gem. It clearly sets a standard within this marketable genre and the more you listen to it, the more it will reveal itself to you. Folks who want a catchy pop-rock-dance sound will love this release. It's quite marketable in that respect.


The Bottom Line These 2 are a deadly combination.  Every now and then it's an absolute pleasure to jump head first into the pool. - naked and drunk. Need I say more!

Markus Druery

Indieshark Music Critic




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