Featured: Bloody Good Music Album Review

I know I repeat myself on these pages, but let me do it again. In recent years, I have found myself gravitating towards catchy rock sung by strong women. That was highlighted by the album "Road To Nowhere" by Shiverburn, which came within a whisker of winning Album Of The Year. Since then, and since their disappearance, I have been very happy to see the long string of bands playing the same style of music. It is encouraging from a social aspect, but it has also been pleasing because many of them have been very good, and have released some records I have greatly enjoyed. Today, we get another contender throwing their hat into the ring, in the form of Reason Define, a group of ladies who are more than ready to rock us.

They ease us into that, however. After setting the stage with an intro, "Waves" is a tense song that uses timely swells of the band to play with dynamics. It isn't the hard and fast punch to the face a lot of bands will use to kick off an album, but that's fitting, since Reason Define is a more nuanced band than one who simply play loud and heavy. That's something I greatly appreciate.

But make no mistake, they can definitely rock. "Innocent" kicks off with a deep, heavy riff that sets the stage for a song featuring a gang chorus that is the band at their most aggressive. The song stands out because it isn't surrounded by similar tracks, where they would all blend together and we would get numb to the energy. That is why pacing a record is so important, and it pays off here.

With their commitment to being a rather heavy rock band, and Paolina Massaro's anti-waif vocals, they remind me strongly of A Light Divided, who put out a fantastic record last year. Like them, Reason Define is able to combine guitars that are heavier than you might be expecting for the genre, along with melodic vocals that are catchy without being a pop band. "Reaper" could be reworked to be a great pop song, but with those thrashing guitars, it is anything but as it currently exists. And I love it for that.

Track after track, the band shows their consistency. There aren't highs and lows, just a level of quality you can depend on. Throw a dart at the track listing, and you're going to land on a good song. Whether it's an aggressive track like "The Hunter (The Hunted)", or the piano ballad "Mirrors", the band never falters. Their songwriting is not a brief flash of inspiration. They've put in the work to know what they're doing all the time.

In the end, if you're a fan of these kinds of bands, there's no reason not to check out Reason Define. They show, throughout this album, they're very good at what they do. And if you sometimes think women don't rock enough, give this group a chance, because they might change your mind. Well done, Reason Define. "In Memory" is a very enjoyable record, and hopefully the sign of even better things to come.

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Unsigned Spotlight: Reason|Define

Reason|Define is an all female hard rock band based in Charlotte, NC. If you are a fan of catchy rock-style riffs, powerful melodic vocals, and breakdowns then you have come to the right place!

Please list all of your band members and their roles in the band.

  • Caitlin - Bass and Vocals 

  • Syd - Drums

  • Paolina - Vocals

  • Shelby - Guitar 

  • Sav - Guitar and Vocals

For starters, what bands were you guys a part of prior to Reason|Define? How long has the band been around?

  • We’ve all been in a couple of small projects before we were in Reason|Define. We have been in a band together for the past 5 years. 

What’s the origin of that name and have you changed the band’s name before?

  • We used to be called The Reason You Stayed back in the beginning of our career. We changed it to Reason|Define because we grew out of the name and felt that Reason|Define fit us better. 

Who writes your songs? What are the main themes or topics for most of your songs and do you think these topics will change over time?

  • We write collectively. All of us contribute to all parts of the songs. The topic of our second album which is being released on March 1st, In Memory…, is about the 5 stages of grief. 

Featured: Down the Front Media

The all-female Charlotte/North Carolina (US) based 5 piece Reason|Define unleash news of their sophomore album release and supporting US tour. Entitled 'In Memory' - the 11 track offering officially drops on 1st March 2019 and shall deliver an exciting journey for lovers of hook- heavy torrents of rock-style riffs, powerful melodic vocals and anthemic chorus lines.

Featuring Paolina Massaro (Vocals), Caitlin Rutkowski (Bass/Vox), Sav Ruff (Guitar/Vox), Syd McVicker (Drums) and Shelby McVicker (Guitar) - the band ride a wave of influences that include acts such as Tonight Alive, Every Time I Die, State Champs, Beartooth, A Day to Remember and Phinehas all of which has helped build a diverse foundation for their unique sound. After winning the 2016 award for Best Rock Band of the Year at the Carolina Music Awards, Reason Define released their debut album Far From Strangers in March of 2017. Since then - the band with a growing reputation for super high energy stage performances - have brought their mosh-pit worthy creations to venues across Georgia, Florida, South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, Tennessee, Iowa, Kentucky, and Indiana

Pointing Fingers (Official Video Single) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U8RfPKaDYw0

Late in 2018 the band released their video single for the punk-fuelled hard-rocker 'Pointing Fingers'. A track that is the perfect calling card for a taste of things to come from their 'In Memory' album release.

Reason Define March 2019 'In Memory' Tour Dates with support from Hail Your Highness

1st March  - Rockhouse Live in Memphis, TN
2nd March - Ziggy’s in Chattanooga, TN 
3rd March - Connect Live in Acworth, GA...
4th March - Groundzero in Spartanburg, SC
5th March- The Hideaway in Johnson City, TN 
6th March - Best Friend Bar in Lexington, KY
7th March - Hoosier Dome in Indianapolis, IN
8th March - Glory Hub in Fort Wayne, IN 
9th March - Shakespeare’s Lower Level in Kalamazoo, MI
22nd March - Historic Grove Theater in Oak Ridge, TN 
23rd March - The Odditorium in Asheville, NC 
29th March - Amos’ Southend in Charlotte, NC