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Chris McDermott is an artist native to the Philadelphia suburb region and is known in the music scene as the alternative rock “band” EVE OF RELEASE, though his music is composed and produced solely without the help of band members, or even commercial recording studios. Writing and recording music independently is too daunting a task for most artists and tends to be judged a mistake by those in the music industry , but Chris has undeniably found a way to masterfully capture and express his emotional depth through the beautifully haunting and captivatingly timeless melodies he records; and he does it by breaking all “golden” rules of the music business.
As a journalist who is also a musician and a longtime fan of all styles of music, I will try to explain this phenomenon through my own experiences in the field. Traditional multi-member bands are granted acceptance by music fans more easily than solo recording artists because of their stereotypically more “organic” sound, but the majority of music fans never realize that a songwriter who leads a band almost always has to make detrimental compromises that alter their music permanently. It’s very difficult for a band to replicate the superior sound of what their lead songwriter actually hears in their mind, and more often than not, the emotional connection shared by listener and songwriter is lost before the first chorus. Thus, songs that should have been surefire hits suffer the same fate as many of their predecessors. Some fall together without a hitch, but most do not.

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