Channel Eight – Transmissions
I remember when I first started writing for this site; it seems like such a long time ago. I was excited to use my creative outlet to discover new bands and expose them for all the world to see and hear. One of those first bands was Channel Eight from Vernon, British Columbia, Canada. Their EP, The Pilot, instantly catapulted me into a black hole of jaw dropping, musical authenticity in which I never escaped. Since that day, I constantly find myself replaying the EP when I’m in the need for something raw and honest to get me through the day. Even though much has changed for me since joining this site, Channel Eight has kept steady while working hard to deliver their own brand of new music for the masses. Hence it is a honor, once again, to have the opportunity to share with you Channel Eight and their latest creation, Transmissions….
Channel Eight wastes no time with starting, Transmissions, off to a stellar start. The song, “A Better Way”, begins with a catchy guitar riff/solo that is sure to catch the attention of any guitar enthusiast. This song also conjures memories of their earlier work from the song, “Lights Out”, with Jeff Mathers displaying his versatility as a singer/guitarist for Channel Eight. The song, “Bad Guy”, continues to deliver an almost anthem like song that could be easily heard as a top ten hit on active rock radio. Where many bands find it difficult to write memorable lyrics and choruses, Mathers and company do an excellent job in this song with hooking listeners with the straight-forward and simple chorus, “Have I been the bad guy all along?”
Finally, the song, “Black Hole”, is one of monumental proportions that truly shows Channel Eight’s versatility as a band that has what it takes to write well-thought-out songs. Mathers once again displays his versatility as a singer by delivering a magnificent vocal performance accompanied by beautiful piano arrangement. But fear not, for those listeners craving the Channel Eight sound that you’ve come to know and love. Mathers and company quickly transition the song with heavy guitar tones, thundering drums beats, and lyrics that will surely satisfy any Channel Eight fan. Once again, Mathers is able to tug at the listener’s soul in this song with such memorable lyrics as, “Looking out of this black hole…I can see the light…And I can hardly remember how I am…Or what I used to be”.
Collectively, Channel Eight’s, Transmissions, packs a punch for only being a three song EP. What separates Channel Eight from other bands is their ability to delivery quality over quantity, and they have done so yet again with these songs. From start to finish, these songs present a testament of a band that is willing and able to create meaningful songs that have direction and authenticity. As long as Channel Eight is able to crank out songs like these, their will always be a bright future for this band!Channel Eight - Transmissions,