Anthemic rockers theSHIFT score with their ‘7th Direction’ debut

theShift‘7th Direction’
theSHIFT (self-released)
3.5 stars out of 5

The individual members of rock trio theSHIFT have compiled pretty impressive resumes. John Shannon (vocals/guitar), M.J. Lambert (drums) and Ben Geis (bass) all attended the prestigious Berklee College of Music and they’ve recorded and toured with the likes of John Mayer, Lauren Hill, Ben Harper, Big Daddy Kane and Slick Rick.

theShift CDThey’ve combined their talents to form anthemic outfit theSHIFT and deliver an energy-fueled debut EP in “7th Direction.” Though the six-track release falls just short of essential, the good certainly outweighs the bad and has me wondering what the lads can do over the course of a full-length platter.

“(The music of) theSHIFT is about altering your consciousness through the sheer power of rock ‘n’ roll,” Shannon explains. “Our lyrics don’t question the government, they question the nature of your reality. When you just play a song perfectly from start to finish there’s no danger there. When you choose to open it up in a way that’s in touch with the moment and the audience, then you can get into some real danger, real transcendence.”

The guys come out of the gate firing with “Kobra” and “Dreams” before the momentum starts to wane with ho-hum entries “Consecreate” and “Everything Falls Away.” Happily, theSHIFT reclaim their groove and close things out with a flourish on personal favorite “Control” and “Sideways View.” Keep an eye on Shannon & Co. (Jeffrey Sisk)


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