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Penny Arcade

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"One Fine Morning Review"

'Rise & Fall' ~ CD Review
by Matt Kanner (The Wire)

If you're in the right kind of mood, One Fine Morning's debut album makes for perfect autumn road listening. Driving through the Seacoast surrounded by brilliant fall foliage, the lyrics to "Colors" seem especially fitting.

"And I can see the colors as they pass me by, no need to change," the band sings.

Formed in 2006, this Boston-based crew spent three years fine-tuning its skills before unveiling "Rise & Fall" with a CD release show at The Muddy River in Portsmouth last month. Part acoustic pop and part electric jam, the new disc shows clear passion for the songwriting craft and strong potential for an ambitious young group.

The quintet consists of Bryan Rotundo on acoustic guitar and vocals, Scott Mohler on electric guitar and vocals, Tim Martin on keys, Todd Waller on bass, and Andrew "Nez" Nesbitt on drums. Their sound is characterized by a positive vibe that reflects fellow Boston-area bands like The Brew and past Seacoast staples like Percy Hill.

While the musicianship is solid, the songs are somewhat lacking in real bite. But it's a promising start for a debut disc, sure to appeal to fans of mild jam-oriented rock and peppy acoustic pop. Highlights include the melodic guitar riff at the beginning of "Stay Down Here", the Steely Dan-ish funk of "Weight" and the breezy chord progression of "Yourself."

"I wanna speak to life / Try and make a change / I wanna spell it out / Try and rearrange,", the band sings in "Yourself."

"Rise" was recorded at Rocking Horse Studios in Pittsfield, and the group has made regular appearances on the Seacoast, including a recent performance at the Great Bay Music Festival in Dover. All 11 tracks on "Rise & Fall" can be heard online at - The Wire


Debut Album to be recorded this winter. I have played on Albums by One Fine Morning (which I am a member of), Jeff Bucci, The Dejas, Leigh Kellis, and Juliana Riccardi



Penny Arcade music describes a time that seems to have been forgotten. It harkens back to a time when there was emphasis on songcraft rather than hits, albums as opposed to singles. This may seem like a dated philosophy but I think there is still a huge amount of people are searching for it. Not that I am the answer, Im happy just being an option. I want to make people recall the days when they would buy an album and play it from beginning to end and have it be an experience. My influences are really anyone who is writing from the heart, as cliche as it sounds, but its very clear when an artist is writing an honest song, and I want nothing more than to portray honesty.