Forming in 2009 Magazine Society quickly built a following from their live shows that they were playing in Florida. The group is made up of Julio Berrones, Joe Lamberson, Danny DaSilva, Miguel Quintana and Kevin Kelley and they were constantly rocking out in venues such as Van Dykes, Churchill’s Pub, Tobacco Road and more. It wasn't long before the fans were demanding a recorded format so they could enjoy their songs whenever they wanted.
They recently released a six-song self-titled album Magazine Society that they worked on for three years. The album is a straightforward pop/rock record and can be compared to acts such as Kings Of Leon, The Killers and Coldplay. Even though the music is pretty straightforward there is a lot of variety between the songs. They rock out, get a bit emotional and even have a couple of moments that make you want to take out your dancing shoes.
The album opens with one of the best songs entitled “More Than Life” which is an upbeat catchy pop song. I thoroughly enjoyed the distorted lead guitar solo and anthemic background vocals. There was also a slight 80’s metal vibe to the song, which added a bit of nostalgia to the song for me. “Payback” was straight up rocker that utilized the same lead guitar with a slight delay as they had on the first song. The vocal melody was infectious on this tune but Berronnes gives his best performance on “Put It On Me” which is a slower ballad with an emotional anchor that rocks out in a nostalgic manner. The song could be considered a bit too grandiose in the same way some Coldplay songs are.
They end the album with an upbeat song called “Till You See,” which I’m sure is one of the best songs to see live. The song has a lot of changes throughout and even has a lead guitar line that reminded of the one from “Take Me Out” by Franz Ferdinand.
Magazine Society is well written, eclectic and has great production. The only issue I have with it is that the songs sound a bit too familiar at times. Other than that Magazine Society has created a solid album for their long-time fans to finally embrace.
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