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Building 429 Explore Familiar Territory on "Glory Defined"

  • Dave Urbanski CCM Magazine
  • 2004 5 Jun
Building 429 Explore Familiar Territory on "Glory Defined"

Artist:   Building 429
Label:   Word/Curb/Warner Bros.

The formula isn’t exactly new: a southern band that plays highly produced, radio-friendly hard rock with precision and passion (read: Creed, Third Day) and a lead singer with a rich, earth-shaking baritone just like, well, Creed’s Scott Stapp or Third Day’s Mac Powell.

But while Building 429 isn’t hammering down stakes in the camp of originality, these former DIY road warriors are veterans enough to know that just sounding like nobody else doesn’t necessarily get audiences to bend their collective ear.

Building 429 will likely hit it big because the quartet (vocalist-guitarist Jason Roy, bassist Scotty Beshears, guitarist Paul Bowden and drummer Michael Anderson) writes memorable melodies, huge hooks and straightforward, humble, worshipful lyrics. Plus, its brand of heavy rock isn’t so heavy that Roy’s vocals get drowned in distortion soup, and the fellas know a thing or three about subtle sonic touches (i.e., well-placed acoustic guitars, real pianos, Hammond organs, strings).

So what if the title track from its debut six-song EP sounds  like a twice-removed cousin of Creed’s “Higher”? It’s a perfecto rock single that’s already hit No. 1 on the Christian Radio Weekly’s adult contemporary charts and that’s probably already taken up residence in your gray matter in less time than it takes to utter “Hey Ya.”

Overall, Building 429 has the rockin,’ poppin’ goods for those with ears to hear.

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