Buffalo based quartet Aqueous continue to impress fans with every move, playing some of the best live performances that captures the group’s unique penchant for songwriting. The band will continue to capitalize on that effect, as they just kicked off an extensive fall tour and will release a brand new album, Best In Show, next Friday October 14th.On Best In Show, the quartet expertly displays their unique ability for meticulously crafted arrangements with soulful lyrics and a dynamic musical range, while maintaining their signature dual rock guitar onslaught, anthemic choruses, melodic synth lines, and a tight rhythm section that always gets the party going. Guitarist/vocalist/keyboardist David Loss speaks to the excitement captured on Best In Show, saying, “Although Aqueous is primarily a live touring band, I feel that we all work very well in the studio environment; you can be creative in different ways and I like that the possibilities are endless. Personally, recording ‘Best In Show’ was a unique experience because I got to really explore my role on keyboards more than I ever had previously, and it was cool to challenge myself like that, and also to utilize some classic instruments to capture the sounds I was hearing just right. Ultimately, if someone had never heard Aqueous, I’d definitely give them ‘Best In Show’ because it showcases so much of what we have to offer as a band.”Each track on the four-song EP showcases a diverse and powerful side to the band’s ever-evolving sound. “I really like the song selections on this EP, they encompass the many facets of the band’s sound,” said bassist Evan McPhaden, “We touched on soul, pop, prog, dance and rock which makes for a really fun and enjoyable listen.”With Aqueous out on the road and Best In Show coming out shortly, the band has offered up a very first taste of the new release. We’re excited to offer up a stream of “Random Company,” which you can hear below.Now that rocks! Drummer Rob Houk shares his take on Best In Show, saying “As the new guy in Aqueous, I was enthralled with how much focus, dedication and care that goes into AQ’s studio process, and I couldn’t be happier or more excited with this album and to make music with such a great crew.”Guitarist Mike Gantzer says, “I’m really proud of the work we did on this project, it feels like a definitive step forward in our band’s sound, and the vibe is really great on the whole album, which I attribute to the fact that the vibe was really great while we were making it! Everyone in the band crushed their parts and stepped their game up, and I think the sound is really cohesive throughout. We had a blast and put our all into making Best In Show, and I’m psyched for people to get down with it.”Fortunately, fans can get down with Aqueous throughout the fall, as the band is touring extensively in support of Best In Show. The band will celebrate the album’s release with a two night run at their hometown Buffalo Iron Works venue, with support from BIG Something and Natalie Cressman on October 13-14 respectively. All tour and album details can be found on the band’s website, and a teaser for the album as well as the full tour schedule can be viewed below.
THE last set of quarter-final matches in Linden Town Week’s inaugural Mayor’s Cup football championship will be played at 19:00hrs today, when game one brings together third-seed Haynes & Lewis Winners Connection and Silver Shattas. The other tie features Blueberry Hill against Net Rockers.Having defeated Shattas in the GTT League 2-1, Winners Connection are confident that they can win tonight’s match-up which gets underway from 19:00hrs.With talented Javon Smith and captain Marmalaque Davidson spear-heading this young combination, Winners Connection, with such other players like Allan Garrette in defence, Frederick Hunte on the wing and Errol David also holding his own at the back, could prove a handful for their opponents, again.However, Shattas are seeking a win after that narrow defeat and, with Kellon Major in goal, they can seek a positive effort from Romel Matthews and Marley Major at the back-line while Jehu Regis, Robin Adams and Randy Pickering look to take the game to their rivals.The second game at 21:00hrs should be interesting also, since Net Rockers are heavily favoured to get the better of Blueberry Hill.The Rockers, ranked number two in Upper Demerara, will hope to win after a 7-0 blotting out of Blueberry Hill in their league clash and with players like Denzil Pryce, Dameion Wills, Leonard Wilson and Clarence Huggins in their lineup, should be able to turn back the challenge of the Blueberry Hill side.But Blueberry Hill boys are riding on the solid 2-0 win they gained against Hi Stars. Renee Gibbons and Wayne Wilson will be upfront while Mark Liddell and Lloyd Williams will control the midfield. Owen Wills is in defence and one may well see the return of Kelon Neblett in goal.If the opening win by Blueberry Hill was enough to galvanise their followers then it could help their cause on the pitch tonight.
President Akufo-Addo has met the technical team of the Black Stars, the Management Committee, and the Normalization Committee of the Ghana Football Association as well as the Asamoah Gyan’s camp to get an understanding of the circumstances that led to the Gyan’s retirement from the national team.Gyan quit the team yesterday over a decision to strip him off the captain’s arm band for AFCON 2019.Per a statement released by Eugene Arhin, the Communications Director at the Presidency on Tuesday evening, the president was alarmed with the belief that the incident could derail the country’s quest for a first AFCON title in 37 years.The statement said:The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, this afternoon, held a meeting with the Minister for Youth and Sports, the President of the GFA Normalisation Committee, and the Chair of the Management Committee of the Senior National Football Team, the Black Stars. The meeting, a continuation of the regular meetings the President holds with them, discussed, amongst others, the preparations being made towards AFCON 2019, and how to end Ghana’s AFCON trophy drought. President Akufo-Addo, subsequently, also spoke on the telephone with Asamoah Gyan, and informed him of the considerable national disquiet over his decision to retire from the Black Stars. The President urged him, in the national interest, to rescind his decision to retire from the Black Stars, and make himself available for selection by Coach Kwasi Appiah.Gyan released a statement late Monday evening recusing himself from AFCON 2019 over what he claimed was a decision by the head coach to hand the captaincy to another player for the Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt.Gyan, 34, said he could not ‘pretend to be happy’ with the decision.Kwesi Appiah is expected to name a provisional 30-man squad for his 3-week training tour of the Dubai, which will be cut down to 23 before the tournament kicks off on June 21.Ghana are housed in Group F along with Cameroon, Guinea Bissau and Benin.