With Greg Adams supplying vocals and rhythm guitar, Derrick Dieso on lead guitar, Austin Paragas fielding bass and backing vocals, and Henri Tyler behind the drums, these four West Philly musicians come together to create TIOGA, their unique brand of indie rock, flavored with refreshing rhythms and memorable melodies.
TIOGA has honed their sound into something reminiscent of “early 2000s new wave revival,” laced with influences of modern alternative rock.
Lodestar, TIOGA’s debut full-length, serves as a guide toward the future of the project and a maturation of their sound from their first EPs. For the West Philly grown four-piece, Lodestar comes at a pivotal time - their lives are changing and taking a more serious tone. Singles “Young Man Now,” “Don’t Ask Me To Dance,” and “New States” explore deeper themes than previous releases, hinting at a thought-provoking body of work.
The eleven track album explores much more sonic space than the three singles previewed. A darker track like “Wasteland,” as well as the brighter anthemic track “Catch Me If I Fall” highlight the growth of the band’s production skills from their previous works. “Flesh From Bone” features verses that harken to Bruce Springsteen’s rollercoaster verses in “Born To Run,” while resolving with a much more melancholic chorus and no happy ending. The sonic influence of Bleachers’ discography is evident in the tracks "Catch Me If I Fall" and “Friends and Lovers.” Album closer “Marcus” leaves the listener with wisdom and a choice.