|You gotta believe...That's the message from Antigone Rising -- five women whose Starbucks' exclusive, From The Ground Up, hits that place in your heart that Springsteen, U2, Aerosmith, and the greatest of the great bands reached in their young and hungry days.|
You know how rare this is. It's not just about writing terrific songs and playing them with a passion kindled through hundreds of nights in tiny, packed clubs until it's ready to blow through the roof and into the sky for the whole world to hear. Though, of course, Antigone Rising have done that. They've stripped down their own gear, loaded it into their beloved white van, a.k.a. Vanna White, burned into the night on a blend of fuel and faith, all to set up somewhere down the highway and do it again tomorrow night. But no, it takes more than that to chase your dream and make it real. Talent? Determination? Maybe a little audacity in thinking they could actually pull off this miracle?
And this is where the words should stop and the music should begin, for there's really no way to put onto paper how it feels when the first notes From The Ground Up of fill the room. It's a gut thing, not a head thing. You can break it down intellectually -- the harmonies are tight, the melodies run like rivers after a rainstorm, the groove cuts deep -- but it's better to listen and let it take you to somewhere you've been before. Back to when rock music was a beacon in the dark...That's what From The Ground Up is. It's all that you've hoped to hear. It's rock & roll, fulfilling its promise once again. You gotta believe.