The Smyrna Band – Raise Up the Standard

The Smyrna Band
Raise Up the Standard
1985 Lamb Records (LA-1211-C)
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, USA

Side 1:

  1. Raise Up the Standard
  2. Red Line
  3. Straight for the Heart

Side 2:

  1. Hard Days
  2. Ask Me Now
  3. You Can’t Run

The Smyrna Band returns with their second EP. This one starts off sounding like they have gone lighter/more pop than their last album with the fist track, but then they change course on the next two songs. Both of those sound a bit heavier than their last EP. Then it is two more light pop rock songs, and finally a return to hard rock on the album closer. I didn’t like this one quite as much as the first EP, but it was still a solid EP. I just need to find copy of their full length album to see where that one falls in the pop rock/hard rock spectrum. Also, it seems that the mystery of the label from the last EP was solved here – it really is the same Cherry Grove Records that put out Roy Suthard. The address for the band is now in Myrtle Beach, SC. It seems that decided to start putting out other music after the move?

Missing Information: who played what on this ep?

Lord Lyall & Urgency – The Heart is Occupied

Lord Lyall & Urgency
The Heart is Occupied
1986 Lamb Records

Lord Lyall
Ross Mailhiot
Norman Sinback
Mark Shipsey

Side 1:

  1. Run With Me
  2. Standing on His Promises
  3. Overcomers

Side 2:

  1. This Heart is Occupied
  2. Only You
  3. Wake Up

The cover of this release is pretty deceptive. Lord Lyall dresses like a mix between an 80s new wave rocker and a Sammy Hagar-ish hard rocker. But neither sounds are really present on this album. The sound is White Heart-ish rock that almost borders on hard rock here and there (like the album title track). Gary Lunn, original bassist for White Heart, is even listed as a guest musician. Not bad if you are wanting light 80s rock, but just not what most would expect from the cover.