Check out Intercept’s new joint

By Erica Mendez


It’s nearly October and I’m behind on my music column already. Well, don’t worry readers, I’m back.

Starting grad school and working three part-time jobs got the best of me, but not anymore. I finally have my routine down and have the time to finish my columns on a regular basis. For my first column of this school year, I’m giving my audience a chance to know the music of a band called Intercept.

Intercept, a band from North Hollywood, Calif., consists of Christian Knudsen (vocals and rhythm guitar), Jeff Knudsen (lead guitar), Jason Weiner (drums), and Phil Romo (bass). A cool group of guys, I’ve had the privilege of meeting and reviewing them for their 2006 album, “Magnolia Road,” back in 2009.

It’s 2010 and they finally released a new album, “Symphony for Somebody Else,” on Sept. 14. It’s a collective of 10 tracks that span from the indie/alternative rock styles they’re known for to some intensely emotional ballads.

When I reviewed “Magnolia Road,” I immediately fell in love with the band. Their music felt nostalgic, reminiscent of the ’90s. My only problem with the album wasn’t the songs, but it was Christian’s voice. He brought sensitivity and the nostalgic feeling to every song, however at that time I felt his voice tended to be on the softer side. What he needed was a stronger voice. I also felt some of the songs could blend so well together they somewhat sounded the same.

However, “Symphony for Somebody Else” has resolved the issues I had with “Magnolia Road.” Christian’s voice is a lot stronger and confident in this album. He hits the notes hard and on his exit, comes down to a smooth and softer tone. It still brings back the nostalgia but modernizes it by adding different genres such as pop, a hint of jazz and blues, with the alternative rock feel. The only thing I can find to be a nuisance could be the arrangement of tracks on the album. Some should have come sooner rather than later. The flow of the tracks seemed to be a little off.

The first track, “Made To Fall,” may not be the strongest track off the record, but it is definitely a pleaser. Some of the better things about the track include the guitar riffs and easy flow of the song.

“Rest of My Days,” their first single off the new album, might as well be one of the fan favorites (one of mine) as well. It begins with a fluctuating guitar riff followed by the crooning of Christian’s voice. Though it’s subtle in this particular song, the drums are a key element in keeping the song tied together.

Skip down a few tracks and you’ll hear a sweet ballad called “Love Is Like That.” It’s the upbeat song placed in the middle of the album to bring about a sense of hope and the feeling that love may conquer all, even if it may come with some obstacles.

Towards the ending of the album, songs such as “On My Own” and “No Surprises” get into the pop/rock arena, probably the most radio-friendly you’ll get from them. They’re definitely worth a listen to because they’ve both got a catchy tune and leave the album on a good note.

Overall, Intercept put a lot of heart and soul into “Symphony for Somebody Else.” It brings out Christian’s vocals, cool guitar riffs, and an undertone of one of my favorite instruments, the drums. They maintained their edge while putting a twist of different genres in the mix. It’s a step up from “Magnolia Road.”

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