Adam Kowalczyk is a really experienced guy that has played for over 1.9 million people, not including three world tours and Woodstock 99?. Isn?t that impressive or what? For those who doesn?t know his background I can tell you that he is the younger brother of Ed Kowalczyk in Live and has been playing with them as a touring rhythm guitarist and background vocalist since 1999. In January 2002 his own band Adam & the Weight was formed, including Brent Arcement on drums and background vocals, Michael Anderson on lead guitar and Omarr Escoffie on bass. One album has come out before this one in the 2002 titled ?Look up from the ground? that I unfortunately doesn?t have. But I will sure get it since this new effort is a very fine independent album-a real check up for any fan of acoustic based modern rock with a deeper and more personal touch. I can guess that the years with Live has inspired him, which of course is natural, cause there are some traces of Live here and there in the band?s sound.
But if it wasn?t because they?re brothers and has similar voices I don?t think I would compared them to eachother cause Adam & The Weight is more acoustic based modern rock-not that far from Tonic and Counting Crows in the sound. Those bands aren?t too bad being compared to, but these rockers deserves that and has a lot to offer if you?re into this kind of rock. Edgier songs like ?The Ocean?, ?A growing voice? and ?Come undone? can?t be missed,such as the emotional acoustic based ?I lied?.
Adam & The Weight was nominated for best independent pop album on the Los Angeles Music Awards in 2003, which I can understand, cause it?s a talented band that has a lot more to offer. I have listened to this one now for like 10 days and I must say that it?s getting better and better the more I listen to it. One thing that is the key to it course is that we?re given a bunch of good songs, but it?s the way they?re performed with a lot of personality and soul that really got my attention.
The album is now available at cdbaby.com so go check it out if you?re into melodic rock like the bands I compared them with.