Train Of Thought EP by Joel Tock (Self-released)
Joel Tock is a multi-talented singer / songwriter / producer from Wisconsin who has been pretty active over the last couple of years. He spent time on the road as the drummer for Stephen Jerzak, which included a long hot summer traveling across the country on the Vans Warped Tour in 2011. Tock’s other band credits past and present include We Follow One and Lights Out Dancing as well as an interesting techno project called Reboot The Robot. Back on 2009, a debut solo effort entitled Relax! It’s A New Day was issued. And now it’s full speed ahead, as Joel Tock has returned with an exhilarating self-released EP entitled Train Of Thought. The three songs contained within are bound to gain the musician a good deal of attention.
The EP commences with the super infectious title cut Train Of Thought, instantly demonstrating Tock’s wonderful versatility. Featuring a timeless rock melody that will jangle in your head for ages, this selection has hit single potential written all over it.
“I’ve got to learn how to sit back and enjoy the ride,” Tock sings on the wistful Sooner Than Later, a reflective song that soars into the stratosphere. Filled with emotion and conviction, this track shows how effective Joel Tock is when it comes to a rock ballad.
Dive is an explosive track, featuring powerhouse vocals and catchy hooks rendering this one a standout. Although Train Of Thought only features three songs in all, the effort is tremendously solid, displaying a passion and vibrancy that should appeal to both indie music fans and finicky industry types. So be sure to hop on board the Train Of Thought, and ride full speed ahead with the rousing tunes of Joel Tock. Recommended for fans of Mayday Parade and The Maine. It will be exciting to see what the future has in store for the ubiquitous Mr. Tock.
(Review by Ken Morton)
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