Raushi - High Tides Collide
Exploring LA based Raushi's emotionally turbulent debut album, High Tides Collide, lead singer, Dani Raushi, guides the way with the potential to become this generation's Blondie's Debbie Harry or No Doubt's Gwen Stefani. Much like those that came before, she follows in the tradition of front women exuding bone-crushing sexuality and confidence, fueled by the wrath and fury of hard edged women scorned.
Although the rock band formula of pairing a group of talented guys with females as the ringleaders of a guitar-riff heavy circus is nothing new, her voice reminds me of a combo of "Skyscraper" Demi Lovato, Madonna during her "Papa Don't Preach" days and even 80's cartoon character "Jem" (shout out to anyone who remembers the doll with the light-up earrings). Watching a video on YouTube of her vodka bat spinning (wasn't sure what that was at first either), she projects a fun, youthful image of the "smokin in the boys room" hell-raiser we all perhaps wanted to be friends with in high school but weren't cool enough to hang with (ok well, maybe just only me).
Delving into the album though, recorded at historic NRG Studios, some of those stereotypes fall away, as singer Raushi's "just a girl" who felt used, abused, and frustrated in past relationships, that's had enough of "your sh-t". With help from established alt rockers Ben Moody from Evanescence, Doug Ardito from Puddle of Mudd, Jay Gordon from Orgy, producer Jay Baumgardner and guitarist Shaun Morgan of Seether, the listener sets sail on stormy seas; getting the impression the inspiration for these songs hit a nerve, exposing the healing process, trying to get over underlying scarring drama.
Songs like "Over The Edge" about catching someone cheating; along with "Sublease My Mind" and "My Obsession" will be just what moody, "m!ssundaztood (like Pink)" teen girls would love to hear like No Doubt's "Don't Speak" and "Ex-Girlfriend" spoke to us years ago. Although identifying with the caustic "mistakes" and ensuing baggage created, not everything is acidic and angry, as I liked the Ben Moody strings on "He's Trying to Save Me" and "This Time" , softening the roar every so often. High tides collide; pleasingly catching the listener in the undertow.
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