Piston: 1st August 2019

What is it that allows one band to have their 15 minutes of fame whilst another sinks without trace? It’s probably a mix of things that also include luck and circumstance but looking at the journey that Piston have been on, it seems that there is more to it than just being in the right place at the right time.

Piston released their first single in 6 years earlier this year. One More Day was then followed by Rainmaker; both tracks heralding a debut album that is due to be released on September 13th. This 5 piece rock band with members from the Midlands and the South East prove that resilience and self belief are definitely in the mix that can lead to success. They scrapped an entire album and decided to ‘resculpt ‘their sound; a brave decision and a real leap of faith. They won the Planet Rock Radio public vote to play the Ramblin’ Man Fair Festival which took place last month and will be touring over the next few months. In addition, the two tracks which have been released, bode well for the rest of the yet to be released album.

Rob Angelico talks of One More Day being about trusting the natural progression in life . All you can do is progress, no matter what the circumstances. Consequently, this track seems set to be a track for our times. It’s also a defiant statement from the band with intelligent lyrics twisting between negative and positive whilst rising above insistent, pounding, driving riffs and hooks. Rainmaker has a similar attention grabbing presence – an anthem to fill stadiums- as well as your head. One definition of a Rainmaker is a difference maker, one who can turn the tide when things get rough. On the strength of these two tracks Piston have clarified their intentions and a very different album seems set to deliver them.

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