Sunday, April 1, 2012

Song Of The Week: 4/1/12

Song: "Just Like Silk"

Artist: Strata

Album: "Strata"

Year: 2004

"Just Like Silk" appears to be a song about having someone or something in your life that gives you hope or that gives your life some semblance of meaning. It's something that's perfect and that makes you strive to be better, but it's also something that the vocalist seems to chase away at times. It's almost like a battle of overcoming one's personal demons and having someone or something to help you get past those demons, yet it's hard not to keep getting trapped by your own personal struggles. Strata formed as a band back in 2000, hailing from California. Originally called Downside, they released one EP entitled "Sleep" under that moniker. In 2003, they changed their name to Strata and released their second EP, "Now The Industry Is Outnumbered. The Factories Are Burning Down". Eventually Strata would sign with Wind-Up Records and release their first full length album, 2004's "Strata". This album began to establish the band's sound which is similar to rock acts such as Trapt, Chevelle and fellow label mates Creed. In 2007, however, with the release of their second album, "Strata Presents The End Of The World", Strata began to move away from that nu-metal/post grunge sound with something that was a little more atmospheric. It was during this time that the band also embarked on it's first co-headlining tour. That small taste of success was not enough, however, to keep Strata together as a band. In 2008, lead vocalist Eric Victorino decided to leave the band and subsequently, Strata decided to call it quits. Strata was a band that clearly never separated themselves from the musical pack and were nothing more than an under the radar type of band so the members probably didn't see a sustainable future by staying together. Currently, while the book is apparently closed on Strata, many of the band members are keeping focused on new projects, most notably are Beta State and The Limousines.

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