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"Akasic "Blind""

Have you had a good hot meal lateley? The members of Akasic are serving up a plate of originality with a healthy side of rock. It is guaranteed to satisfy.

Two things immediately stand out while listening to the CD "Blind". The vocals range beautifully throughout much of the album with a style akin to Fleetwood Mac on steroids; the delivery of "Grateful" is infectious with the only cure being several repeated listenings.

The guitar work is by far the most driving force on the album. It is evident Akasic's guitarist Shawn Jenkins is a force to be reckoned with. On tracks like "Cracked View" and "Ethan's Song" he shows both melodic beauty and rock aggression.

No matter which way you slice it, Akasic smells of major talent. If there is anything right in this world, you will see this band nationally soon! - Independent Alliance


"Akasic 'Blind'"

"... Guitarist S. Bradley Jenkins has a smooth hand and lays down some fluid guitar lines over the course of the disc. His ability to texture the band’s work with a dreamy, almost ethereal quality is augmented nicely by J.T. Sharp on bass...

Perhaps the best example of Jenkins’ soaring, slightly Edge-like guitar work is the instrumental piece “Ode to Mimi”, which is built upon his phrasing...

Also working in their favor is Jenkins’ sense of dynamics. Whether building slowly to a crescendo, as on title track “Blind”, or constructing a more Nirvana-esque mellow/thrash dichotomy on “Morgan’s Place”, the tension of the band’s music is primarily what captures the listener’s attention...

For the most part, I find rock music in general to be lacking strong female voices that don’t grate on my nerves. She has a strong yet mellow alto that can be very confident and smooth when she keeps within her solid range...

Akasic has a new EP in progress with the most current line-up and are aiming for a November release. I’ll be more likely to look forward to the new release, than glance back to Blind. Until that time, look for the band to be hitting the streets, building on their strength as a performing band."

–- Gary Hizer, Urban Tulsa
- Urban Tulsa


"Akasic releases new EP"

Shawn Jenkins, guitarist/lyricist for the local female-fronted act Akasic, writes songs for his leading lady Nic Smith.

The 20-year-old Smith infuses Jenkins' lyrics with life as she blows her smoky, impassioned vocals over them.

The result of the pair's collaborations is Akasic's new five-song EP "Evolve," which the band will release Thursday at Cain's Ballroom.

In a recent sit-down interview with Jenkins and Smith, the guitarist explained that "Unforgiven Saint" is about not letting a rough start in life hold you back. "Smile" is a valentine written for a friend and "Unwind" finds its heroine asking for divine help to make it through life.

During the interview, Smith commended Jenkins' ability to write songs from a woman's perspective.

"It's the best man therapy there is," she said. "If you can write from a woman's perspective then you got it."

--Matt Gleason

- Tulsa World


Discography

Released the LP "Blind" in August of 2003. "Blind" received airplay on ten different radio stations with the songs "Blind" and "Grateful". Akasic released the "Evolve" EP March 3, 2005. They are currently performing in support of the EP's single "Perfect Angel". They have been back in the studio for their Junior release called "REvolve" which is due out in April 2006.

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Bio

From Tulsa, Oklahoma, Akasic has ignited listeners with their unique rock music. This extraordinary independent band is gaining attention as a result of their relentless drive and high energy. With well written lyrics, interesting melodies, beefy guitars, and driving rhythm, Akasic is creating hook-laden, rock music.

Akasic (pronounced Ah-kah-sik) is ancient Sanskrit for "power of the soul". It is a fitting name for a band that has a relentless inner drive. The hard work and countless hours Akasic has dedicated over the past two years have poised the band for national recognition. Contributing factors to Akasic’s buzz are:

• Sponsored by the U.S. Custom Guitar Shop.
• Akasic song "Grateful" was selected for the CD Baby compilation that was distributed to ten thousand listeners.
• Play list of over fourty-five well-written original songs.
• CDs carried at seven different retail music locations.
• Member of the American Society of Composers, Authors & Publishers.

Akasic is currently performing in support of their Sophomore release “Evolve” on their independent self-titled label. “Evolve” includes 5 modern alternative rock songs that were praised by John Vestman of Los Angeles’ Headway Music Complex. Vestman said, “Who would have thought that the new sound of music would come from Oklahoma." Akasic is currently recording the follow-up album to the "Evolve" EP called "REvolve" which is due out in April of 2006.