GROANIN MITCHELL'S ROCK AND ROLL BBS
VOL 1 ISSUE 8
JUNE 25 1990
THE PARTLAND BROTHERS
"Between Worlds" is the second and latest release by "The
Partland Brothers". They are a Toronto based group that features
two brothers, Chris and G.P., who both sing and write all the
material. This L.P. is they're "make it or break it" in the U.S.
offering. The situation they are in is one that's experienced by
almost all Canadian bands who try to bridge the Canadian and
The scenario goes like this. A Canadian band releases an
L.P. in Canada with moderate stateside impact. The pressure then
is turned on to follow up with a next release that is sure fire,
and take the American airwaves by storm. If the second L.P.
clicks big, the American record companies jump on the bandwagon
with money, support and promotion. If it doesn't, the American
companies totally dump it and leave the underfunded Canadian
company holding a product with no means to cash in on it.
The point of this little speech is to illustrate the
fundamental problems that Canadian acts have in breaking into the
States. Basically the Americans want nothing to do with building
and nurturing our acts till they become successful. It's up to
us, with comparatively few resources to make a competitive
product from the ground up with little or no help from people in
the market in which it's supposed to be sold.
Frozen Ghost and the Partlands are going trough this right
now. Triumph went through it for almost five straight years. The
likes of Jeff Healey and Loverboy just got lucky off the bat.
On the other side, Guns and Roses were supported and
nurtured for quite a while until they finally made an impact.
Their record company stuck with them, even though they were the
biggest hunk of crap at the time. ( The "what's good for America"
Anyway, "Between Worlds" IS a good album. It's got two or
three real catchy hits. "Honest Man" is the current release. It's
got a major league chorus, good hooks and plays well on the
radio, A.M. and F.M. "Can You Love Me" is sure to be the follow
up. The ballad is "About Her". Real nice change-up, and probably
the third single.
More importantly, the album has consistency. Even though
it's blatant pop-rock, it all blends well together and you're
never left wondering what angle these guys are coming from. It's
well produced into a neat, listenable package.
This L.P. should break in the U.S. As of now it's moving bit
by bit up Billboard. Cross your fingers for them as well as all
Canadian musicians and writers. Cause sure as shootin', if this
one doesn't break them big time, you'll probably be seeing them
"at a club near you", for the next five years, or whenever they
decide to throw in the towel. Whichever comes first!!
Till next week..
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