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"Trouble With Ferguson - self-titled"

Think of Yellowcard. Now think of Yellowcard, but better - and with spine.
That would be a simple, two-sentence way to sum up Trouble With Ferguson’s self-titled release; from the violin on "Find Me Here", to the beautifully delivered line "every long and dark mascara line/leaves you feeling alright" on the track "Leaves You Feeling Alright", the CD rocks out, without having to scream to get their point across.

Not only was the music great, the album art is gorgeous, done by their guitarist. Aside from a few spelling errors, which detract slightly from the booklet, it is almost perfect.

Track 4, "Find Me Here" is definitely a gem, though it’s not like it’s a diamond in the rough. It’s more like a diamond in a gold engagement ring. Not only is there a violin, there’s a piano, giving the song an almost melancholy feel, with flawless transitions between soft melodies to rock.

Overall, the songs are a little formulaic, though they are different enough that they don’t blend together. The drumming is spectacular, the guitars are well done, as is the bass line. They flow together to create a unique sound for the band.

Any label would be lucky to have Trouble With Ferguson on their roster, as the way seems to be pointing only up.
- Something To Scream About


full length record released Oct 2005 under
trouble with ferguson
self titled EP released 06 name change to
extensive US and southern Ontario radio play


Feeling a bit camera shy


Follow the career arc of Canada’s latest critical darling, Berlington, and you’ll see that their career looks less like an arc and more like a straight line upward.
• If you could look them up in the dictionary, they might show up like this: But you’re more likely to find Berlington on a map, charting their way across the continent, playing show after show, with bands that include Hawk Nelson, Seventh Day Slumber, Kids in the Way, Spoken, Chasing Victory, Last Tuesday and Staple. The spy satellites couldn’t possibly keep up with all the territory they cover up and down the interstate.
• Somehow Berlington has managed to retain the energy and enthusiasm of a brand-new band, while displaying the poise and professionalism that only a veteran band can bring. This proficiency has only increased as they’ve grown their tour-legs on such prestigious festival stages as Cornerstone, Purple Door, Ichthus, and Freedomfest.
• But Berlington isn’t just confined to playing festival stages. They can shoe-horn their brawny set-up into stages of all sizes, discriminating against no venue that will provide them an opportunity to showcase their spirited songs and tightly-wound melodies. The band has been touring extensively, building up a fan base under the moniker “Trouble with Ferguson.” But the new year brought about a change in direction and, with it, a change of names. TWF became Berlington, and they haven’t looked back since, logging miles in numbers that can only be matched by their muscular CD sales (which have reached close to 3,000, independently since last November).
• The word “buzz” clings to this band like a price tag to your pants. In the May/June 06 issue of HM magazine, Berlington made the “Pick Of The Litter” page. “A good voice and solid playing are great to listen to.” Doug Van Pelt (HM). Awaken magazine featured the band on their “Indie Avenue Spotlight” page for the June/July 06 issue. “When all is said and done, these guys have a well produced original sound that takes clean vocals, combines them with catchy guitar riffs, and fuses it all together to make none other than Berlington.” Douglas Shank (Awaken). Despite their seemingly inevitable voyage to notoriety, the members of Berlington (Johnny Simmen, Randy Simmen and Jordan Dean) have managed to stay focused, deferring to a higher power, and always exploring the limits of truth and humility.
• This manifests in the indie flavour of Berlington’s music, which combines rock with style to form a sterling musical alloy of dynamic, elegant anthems that swell and taper into muted piano refrains. Muted refrains inflate into wall-of-guitar choruses that propel you forward and back again. The sound is as commanding as their presence on stage. In short, Berlington is exploding, and all that’s left to decide is whether you want to get on the ship, or strain your neck to watch them take off.