by Paul Asher York
(Colorado Springs, Colorado)
Sixty 8 sounds like a band you’ve heard before, but you just can’t figure out who it is. This is because Sixty 8 incorporates many elements from classic metal and rock bands of the past into their new songs. Sixty 8 refers to their genre as Retro-Metal or Nu-Classic Rock. The band came together in 2004 and released their self titled EP later that year. Becoming famous was never the objective. Sixty 8 just wanted to play and write what they were not hearing on radio and then test it out on live audiences. After playing out quite a bit over the next couple of years, the band’s sound grew up. The bands writing became more diverse as each band member added more of their past influences into the mix. Sixty 8 really hit stride in 2007 when they received a series of positive endorsements from licensing groups, promoters and online radio. The band’s song “Over” was played in over 6,000 movie theaters prior to Spiderman 3. Sixty 8’s song “I Won’t Play” was featured at the 2008 Midem Convention in Cannes, France and recently their song “Alone” was added to the DVD/Online release of an episode of the WB’s show “Everwood.” Sixty 8’s most recent effort is their full-length CD “Before The Fall.” The 12 song disc encapsulates a 5 year period and shows how the band has diversified over the course of time. What makes this disc compelling is the stylistic differences between each song and that every cut has its own atmosphere. Sixty 8 can tone it down and take comfort in melodic dwellings and then turn around and blow up everything in their path with the next song. There may be no rhyme or reason for how one song relates to the next, but Sixty 8 makes each song a member of the same tribe. The first cut “Blood Red Sky” has already received airplay. For those of you who feel that we have left behind some of the better attributes of our musical past...check out Sixty 8.