PULSE - John E. May September 12, 2013 review of live show.
It brings me great pride and pleasure to write a review about one of our very own local and very talented band that hail from the Dallas Fort Worth area \,,/VQM\,,/ Roster Band PULSE. Pulse was formed in 2011 by a group of local and veteran musicians, Pulse is a hard rock band with front man Sean Yeaney – Vocals, Jordan Talley – Bass Guitar, James Brennaman – Guitar/Backing Vocals, Justin Judy – Guitar, and Jimmy Lay – Drums. Brought to you by the Curtain Club on Thursday September 12, 2013 it was a great night of music, it was Pulse who commanded and stole the show, and I will be the first to admit Pulse had the best presentation, love and respect that you could genuinely feel for the fans. This is a band that I try to listen too Live every chance I get, and it’s not enough. Pulse has a great connection with it’s audience, as Sean got off the stage and was performing as a true Rock Warrior through out the show, staying in constant rhythm. The man never missed a beat while he was connecting with the audience on the floor! Pulse is second to none. Pulse has just recently signed a Record deal with Full Effect Records and is a band to follow and support on that night the atmosphere, ambiance, and the people made this show very memorable for me. Pulse is getting ready to start their Band of Brothers Tour with D-Railed and if you are in the DFW area you will get another great opportunity to hear these two great \,,/VQM\,,/ roster bands perform on stage together on All Hallows Eve , October 31, 2013. Brought to you LIVE by TomCats West in Fort Worth, TX Be sure to check~out PULSE on Face Book and listen via the FB player and then go to ReverbNation and check out some videos, also the bands music is available for download on Itunes, better yet, support your local scene and the band PULSE, by going to the show, and buying your tickets from the band, CD’s and or a shirt from the band (buy all 3) and give them positive energy and love as we send them West. This VQM Hippie will!!!
Chase Knightly, Blood Borne Radio (Atlanta, Georgia)
Not long ago, I connected with Voodoo Queen Management, the managing company of this band. I was pleasantly surprised by all of the bands under VQM’s banner and quickly requested them all to make an appearance on the show. When it had come time for “PULSE” to be on the show, I had already been playing the bands song “No More Next Time” daily. It had been getting great response, and before long, listeners starting requesting, and wanting more from the band. On show night, it took no more than a few moments to understand, the music, is only half of the “PULSE” experience.
This five member band from the Dales Ft Worth area instantly charmed not only me, but all of my listeners. Before the one hour long interview was over, I was already being bombarded with emails wanting more music, and more about the members of the band. Before I review the bands CD “Show Me The Way”, I feel it important to state, “PULSE” and bands like it, are the reason I do this show.
Sean Yeaney – Vocals
P.J. Blackburn – Bass/Backing Vocals
James Brennaman – Guitar/Backing Vocals
Justin Judy – Guitar
Jimmy Lay – Drums
CD: “Show Me The Way” 2011
1) Hollow 6) Blame
2) Won’t Let Go 7) Empty Bottle
3) Run Away 8) Stay
4) Think About It 9) No More Next Time
5) Show Me The Way 10) First To Fight
I received my package in the late afternoon while I was alone in my studio. Knowing what it was, I opened it with the excitement of a child on Christmas morning. There, sitting in the box, amongst other items was a copy of the “PULSE” “Show Me The Way” CD, just for me. Without hesitation, I placed the CD in one of the open decks, placed my headphones over my ears in an attempt to drown out any other interfering noises, and pressed play. I listened to the entire CD without interruption. Something I must have done more than a hundred times since that day.
From first to last note “Show Me The Way” hits hard with a force few other bands have been able to accomplish. The band lives up to its name as they most definitely have a finger on the pulse of the human experience. I’ve been fortunate doing this show, with being able to hear thousands of underground bands. Now and then, I come across a band I feel will make it big in the music scene. PULSE, is one such band. There is no doubting the bands drive and passion behind the music they play.
With vocals that cut right through you, and music that slams you against the wall, forcing you to take notice, this is a CD you don’t want to be without. PULSE will do no less than get your blood flowing, and remind you, you’re alive. Well written and imaginative lyrics leave you wanting more. Flesh shredding guitar, and hard hitting drums push the music right into you. “Show Me The Way” will do just that, and show you just how this music should be done. I gladly give this CD a 5 out of 5 on the Blood Borne Chart and recommend it to anyone with a love and passion for this brand of music. An enormous THANK YOU to all of the members of PULSE for making a CD I can stand behind!
Blood Borne Radio
Scott Hoover @ Trees Dallas TX (Houston, TX)
On Friday at the Trees concert venue in Dallas,Texas Voodoo Queen's own Pulse took to the stage with national acts Smile Empty Soul and Hurt. Now I have been looking forward to seeing these guys play for quite some time. Electric, that would be the one word I have come to mind after seeing these guys play! Now mind you Friday I had to come home from work, 40 minutes of ridiculous traffic, and take a shower. Then Rachel(my girlfriends daughter) and I hit the road for a 200 mile trek from Houston to Dallas to see Sean and the guys play. Every mile driven and every penny spent was well worth it let me tell ya. Their cover of Sail by Awolnation is better than the original!! Their set was incredible. Seans stage presence is second to none. He interacted with the crowd with that impeccable front man savvy that you want when seeing a rock group perform. P.J. had the crowd involved the entire time even bumping knuckles with fans while thumping the bass with sick grooves. Now for those of you who havent seen these guys play let me tell you about the man behind the skins Jimmy. Well Jimmy is like watching a show within a show haha.. Spinning sticks, thumping double bass, and he does not leave any drum or cymbal untouched.Incredible! Now on to the duo of Justin and James on the guitars. The entire show I thought, wow these guys play together so well. Thats not even the half of it. As rachel and I and well the entire crowd watched on these two guys start throwing down solos, first seperately then together then behind their heads!! Yes, I said behind the head solos. Without missing a chord,a fret,a note these two axemen threw down so you knew without a doubt that you had seen the best act of the night! Let me tell you guys this newly fellow Texan couldnt have been more impressed and you have a 12 year old fan that is telling anyone that will listen that she got to meet and hang out with the coolest rock band ever.. As I sit here honored that I am writing this review I must say to all you national acts out there that would have Pulse open up for you. Its as simple as this ,bring your A game because they will and one day you will be opening up for them! S7NNER out
CJ MADDLEY, METAL MOMMIE DAILY (St. Louis, MO)
Pulse: Introduced myself as a crazy nobody, and they were polite & then bam..amazing crazy on stage.. the energy they pulled together as a band was phenomenal, not to mention the dueling guitars.. Good Sh*t!! Hope to see them again.
Yvonne Loveland, VQM (Chicago, IL)
PULSE'S PLAQUE @ THE CURTAIN CLUB
Saturday night Sept. 22nd at The Curtain Club in Dallas Texas, Pulse was presented with an ultimate honor for an up and coming local band! The owner, Doug, told me directly that the bar is set high for the plaques.The wall has many, such as Drowning Pool and the Toadies. It takes consistancy of high numbers in the door in a headlining position to even be considered for this award. Pulse did their first major show at the Curtain Club awhile back for their CD release of Show Me The Way album and hit it hard. When they did another showcase for Doug it was the same amazing performance and turn out. With this paticular show the people had no idea what to expect and niether did I. We had D-Railed who has been a brother band to Pulse since October of last year when I had them play together for the first time at the Rail Club in Fort Worth TX. Such a tight relationship between these two bands, not only in support but in friendship. As the night started the bands that supported this night took everyone to a positive level and we all started to get excited for what was to come. Then D-Railed took the stage, I have never seen an out of town band pull the fans and make such an impact as they did that night! It wasn't over ...little did I know that they had a suprise for me at the end of the night Finally Pulse took the stage and just nailed it...from the begining the crowd was going crazy and Sean was all over the place, in the crowd, on top of the speakers, in front of all of our anticipating faces with such a high energy that could not compare to any national act. The new material caught you by suprise but captivated you and drew you in even more..as one song lead to another the mixture of new and old material just made the night spark. Now, to my overwhelming suprise after the curtain closed the people started shouting PULSE, PULSE and they opened it up..but it wasnt just the boys of Pulse but members of D-Railed on stage also. BAMM! The songs started flying with the multiple talented artists on stage performing as one and both singers belting it out from their hearts. As a manager and as their number one fan I was in tears and my heart felt like it was going to jump out of my skin! WOW! There has never been anything like it in my life time.
Keith Higgs , WK Entertainment Group
On July 29th of this year I had a show booked at The Rockin Rodeo in Denton Texas with Trapt and Pulse. This was the first time I were to see Pulse but I have heard many great things about them from booking agents from all over and even in other states.
When the band arrived at the venue I was very pleased with the professionalism of the band when it came to loading in and how fast they adapted to sudden changes in the show. When the show started I was very excited to see Pulse and knew I was in for a treat. They had my attention from first note to the last note of the set. They put on a show that I wish more bands in the DFW area would do. They had everything that you would want to see in a band and to top it all off they are great guys off stage as well. I plan on doing more shows with them and I really look forward to watching them reach the goal of all musicians and that is making it to the top. This is one band you all need to keep your eye on.
Anthony Nadeau, Behind the Scenes (Maple Ridge, Canada)“If straight forward Rock is your first choice then "Pulse" will not disapoint, at all. With sounds between "Disturbed" amongst others these guys rock.”
Jennifer Evans, Just Jenn Rocks Entertainment (Little Rock, Arkansas)
“Pulse not only is the real rock, they are the real people. There is not one fake thing about any of them. They are who they are as individuals and together they do make a Pulse that you will not be able to ignore in the rock world”
Scott Bieg, Album Review on iTunes
"Blistering guitar work, melodic songs, diverse writing, Pulse has created an all around great rock CD. These guys are from Dallas and are making a name for themselves across the country already"
Yvonne Loveland, VQM (St Louis, Missouri)
Pulse has just been added to the roster of outstanding bands under VQM! Their cd release in
Dallas Texas was a mind blowing hit. With about three hundred people Sean the vocalist said
he was a little overwhelmed yet the blood rushed through him like tidal wave of excitement.
Watching the flood of people singing along with you is what all bands dream of. Well for this
band it was a reality. These guys have been hitting the pavement hard with self promotion and
working hand in hand with the local media/radio stations in getting this show pushed. All your
hard work paid off and you all deserve many kudos! Not only did they push themselves but on
their interview with Deep Ellum Radio hosted by Robert Miguel they spoke so highly of their
new brotherband D-Railed and all the local bands that played with them that night that is was
like listening to a commercial for everyone else. I personally was blown away by their
consistancy of humbleness and loyalty to their fans and family including the bands! These guys
have quite alot in front of them and they are taking it by the balls and running! The next few
shows are going to be just as large but I do not see rockstar syndrome hitting them I see nothing
but pure Rock and Roll!
Robert Miguel, Robert Miguel Presents (Dallas, Texas)
“By far the hardest working band in all of DFW... other bands should take note”
Lit Monthly Magazine (Dallas,Texas)
"these five (Pulse) have masterfully crafted a sound that seems familiar, but fresh…a sound that feels intimate yet capable of blowing off stadium roofs. In a word: Huge –"
Jennifer Evans - JustJenRocks.com (Little Rock, Arkansas)
The heartbeat creates a ripple of blood that flows through your veins and makes your pulse beat in time with the rhythm of life. As everyone dances to different drums, different things make your pulse race. The rush of anticipation, satisfaction, knowing, winning, laughing, loving…..all can control your pulse, your heartbeat wild with excitement.
This band is aptly named. I had heard some of their music as I work with Yvonne Loveland/ VooDoo Queen Management and she had given me a sample cd, as well I had looked some artist up to listen.
We have an awesome front man and lead vocals out of Sean Yeaney. His awesome vocals are backed by Jordan Talley on lead axe and backing vocals, Pj Blackburn on thundering bass and backing vocals, Justin Judy on Rhythm guitar and James Lay on percussion.
They are touring right now and hit Little Rock on March 2nd. A much anticipated date was no disappointment! Local AR band, Playing with Karma opened up the show with a great set and set the tone for the evening, everyone was ready to be rocked. Attack the Mind, out of Pine Bluff, closed the show out with an awesome set as well, Pulse in the middle, it was an awesome line-up. Pulse exploded on stage starting out their set by lowering all the house lights. The music starts. Each musician is totally into that moment, that part of themselves they give to the people they play for every time. Giving it all you got is definitely something that Pulse has down. I don’t think their personalities or music would allow them to do a boring set, it just isn’t them. They are as much a show band and when you can find a band that still has that it is a sight to see.
Sean Yeaney has such a range on his vox that some of the songs gave me chills. He has total control over his voice, his active and awesome stage presence compliments not only him but each member of the band as well. His performance is so energetic that you are really mesmerized. You are listening, hearing each drum beat, bass lick, and rhythm holding steady for the axe to blow you away. These are skilled and salty musicians. The rest of the band compliment him perfectly in keeping with feeding into his energy that he shares with each of them, this band is a brotherhood. I bet they finish each other’s sentence’s a lot.
Their CD, Show Me The Way, is NOT a “one good song on the whole cd” kind. It is the kind you push repeat on. My favorite, and I am so glad they performed it, “First to Fight”, a tribute song to Yeaney’s brother who is in the service. I cannot describe what he puts into that song, what the band is feeling because you can hear it in all of them, they MEAN this. This song brings out the drums a little more and it is bone chilling. One of the best tribute songs I have heard and that it was for his brother makes it even more so. He makes you feel how he felt when he wrote that song.
Something else that really gets me is when a band can take a great song, of any genre, and remake it, not do a cover. Pulse has done this with a song you would never believe but it ROCKS ass! When a hard rock band does a Madonna song and blows it up, wow! I had never “envisioned” that song that way but I have to have it….
Each one is a dyed in the wool musician on their own, put this combination together, a beat started. A Pulse came to be where there was nothing before. It is their lifeblood and I really expect this band to make a large impact in Hard Rock. They definitely have all of the ingredients and then some.
Thank you guys again for stopping here for a great show and hope to see you again soon!!
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Jennifer Stoker, Independent Music and Media
"Everything's bigger in Texas", and the band Pulse is definitely the next big thing to hit the local Texas scene. Pulse is a melodic hard rock band set to charge full throttle in 2012. Pulse's hard driving melodies make you want to drive your car for hours with the radio cranked. Every track is guaranteed to cause you to play the air guitar and air drums and fantasize about all the babes wanting to throw stuff at you as you are imagining, you as the lead singer in the band.
These are musicians that know how to put music together for an ENTIRE album and not just one or two songs. Each song has dynamic vocals, killer guitar riffs, thunderous and exciting drums and expressive lyrics, especially in "Show Me The Way (The Reckoning)", "No More Next Time" and "Hollow".
Pulse is definitely making a bold statement with their energetic, hard-driving, melodic rock sound and with their first album set to release soon everyone will see exactly how talented these guys are.
Anthony Mariani, FW Weekly
For a span of a couple of years not long ago, the North Texas music blog We Shot JR was effectively the daily paper of Hipsterville. With some exceptions, the writers, all operating anonymously, regularly pissed on objectivity and fired off glorified (and unedited) epistles that amounted to nothing more than spleen-o-grams (a Shimamoto-ism) to the offending artists.
And there were a lot of offending artists, local and not. But the writers were passionate, productive, and had supremely esoteric (some would say “arty-bullshit”) tastes, and for a vast majority of local artists, receiving a kind word from WSJR was like being kissed on the forehead by the pope himself. Yes, the blog drove us bonkers, because as my writers and I were going to local shows, interviewing artists at length, and, after painstakingly transcribing our notes, producing thoughtful, meticulously crafted (and often award-winning) works of journalism, to little to no community support, WSJR writers were spitting out rough copy and enrapturing the entire North Texas scene. Looking back, I guess I should have expected as much: Our magazine had been around for nearly a dozen years, and We Shot JR was brand new. We were The Man, and WSJR was The Revolution. But one thing I always suspected went on at WSJR –– 99.9-percent inaccurately, I’m guessing –– is criticism based solely on MySpace or CD listens. (Facebook blew up –– and destroyed MySpace in the process –– long after the blog closed down.) Alas, here I am, about to recommend a band based on not only an online listen but an online listen of a single song.
It’s true. Featuring ex-members of the defunct North Texas mod-rock outfits Lift, Trial X Stone, Revenant, and Eerie Ln., Pulse is recording its debut album at SG Studios in White Settlement with country-specialist Greg White (Jamie Richards, Cooder Graw, Brad Hines). The song in question, “Think About It” (recorded live at Tomcats West), rocks pretty hard: huge guitars giving way to verses driven by monster rhythms and, during the choruses, walls of sound, everything tight and occasionally thrashy. The real telling, however, will be on Fri, Oct 14, when the Pulse plays The Rail (3101 Joyce Dr, 817-560-7245).
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