Artist: Crown Point
Distributed by: Crown Point
Reviewed by Melissa Minners
Crown Point is an alternative/pop band from Portland, Oregon featuring Jon Davidson on vocals and guitar, Russell Stafford on vocals and guitar, Peter Arvidson on bass and Kaycee Kay on drums. Crown Point was formed in 2009 and was only a few months old when it began its first national tour. The band released its first EP, Wolves, to rousing reviews in 2010, but a freak accident put the band’s front man in a bad situation. Having severed his tongue in a mountain bike outing, Davidson had to relearn how to sing once the tip of his tongue was reattached. His recovery gave the band plenty of time to work on their latest EP, Curtains.
Once again, this band has wowed me with their professional sound. I had to check twice to make sure that I wasn’t listening to the soundtrack for a movie, that’s how floored I was by the music on this album. And once again, I had to say out loud, why have I not heard this band’s music on the radio?
Curtains has some pretty dark themes, but the tempo of the album is all upbeat rock. The lyrics can be hard hitting as in the call for action of Set Fire: “The kids wait for a call / To set fire to all they know / So I won’t wait for stars to fade or clouds to break /
Because this is our world to make.” Though all of the songs are great, Set Fire, in particular, is my personal favorite. This is one of those songs that is designed to shake you out of your apathy. Basically it is a call to stop letting others decide your fate: “We pay our bills in a little tray / They pass it around till the preacher says we’re saved.” The band is telling us to get off our asses, make a difference and shape the world into what we want it to be, because it’s “our world to make.” Great anthem for this nation!
But Set Fire is the middle track in a terrific EP. The first track, Curtains Drawn, reminds us how many people in the world hide in darkness and fear, hoping for the dawning of a light that never comes. The Room is an awesome song about love lost and profound regret. The lyrics paint a picture and you can actually envision a room in which a man sits brooding over what he has lost. I loved the symbolism in the lyrics: “Wednesday's flowers hold a truth I can't concede / Speaking words of deception in the browning of their leaves.” As the saying goes, Wednesday’s child is full of woe. In this song Wednesday’s flowers with their browning leaves speak to the woe and wilted feeling in the singer’s heart, symbolizing the pain and guilt he is suffering.
I love the rocking truth spoken in Afterbirth: “Freedom's not as free as it seems / Freedom seldom pardons the means.” Then there’s Records on the Radio, a song about loneliness and need for love, but will that love actually be enough to mend the brokenness inside?
There’s not a single song on this EP that I didn’t find enjoyable. My head was rocking along with the jamming guitars and slamming percussions and my voice was singing loudly along with the band by the second listen. Wolves was good, Curtains is great, proving that with each venture into the studio, Crown Point keeps getting better. I can’t wait to see what comes next from this band - perhaps a full album and maybe some radio time out here on the east coast!