Along with Avariel, Era for a Moment was one of two great local bands I discovered last year. Well… OK, I’d actually listened to a few of Era for a Moment’s songs on Myspace a while back, but never followed up on that. Then in October, I heard about a free outdoor show the band was headlining in my hometown. A free gig? Five minutes from home? Of course I wasn’t going to pass that up! And it was a great decision in the end. The weather was beautiful, and most importantly Era for a Moment put on an energetic, crowd-pleasing set. I walked away with two CDs, ringing in my ears, and a desire to see the band in concert again.
Era for a Moment is a five-piece hard rock band from the Boston area. Their music is driven by gritty guitars and catchy melodies, with neither element eclipsing the other. So on one hand, you get plenty of riffs and guitar solos. On the other, you have no trouble hearing their lead singer, Shelby Carcio. She shows great control of her voice on each song, and her backing vocals have an ethereal hint. Overall, this is the kind of band you’d expect to hear on the radio – the good kind of radio-friendly music.
So far, Era for a Moment has self-released two albums: Realize (2007) and When Earth Meets Sky (2009). Both albums are very good, but I personally like When Earth Meets Sky more. The songs on that CD are stronger, and the final overall sound is much clearer. The band also experiments more (and succeeds) with ballads and a cover of the ‘80s pop hit “Somebody’s Watching Me.” If I had to pick favorite songs from both albums, I’d say “Calling You” and “The Fire” from Realize; and “Revel” (see YouTube clip below), “What If,” and “Last Lesson” from When Earth Meets Sky.
The band also has a cool promo video for the song “The Fire.” I can’t find it on YouTube, so click here to watch the video on Myspace.
Currently, Era for a Moment is writing new material. But they are playing shows in the Boston / New England area in between sessions. Visit Era for a Moment on Myspace, Facebook, and ReverbNation to find gig dates, listen to songs, and learn more about the band.