I've probably said this half a dozen times on here since I took over as the Managing Editor a couple months ago, but I really miss good piano music. Rock & roll has my heart but Billy Joel, Elton John, and Ben Folds are proof that a piano can rock as hard as an electric guitar. There's something elegant about piano rock. It feels more...for lack of a better word...composed than traditional rock. And artists that let their voices shine behind a piano melody can usually sing better than their guitar-fronted counterparts (minus Robert Plant. We don't call him the Golden God for nothing). And today, we're premiering an excellent bit of piano rock from Astoria rockers Distoria
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We're very fortunate to have the exclusive premiere of Distoria's latest track, "Lift Point," and it is beautiful. But there's enough of an edge to keep it planted firmly in rock & roll. And frontwoman Helana Martin's voice has that expansive quality which is intimate enough for a headphones session with their music but it is also big enough that I have no doubts she could easily capture a NYC rock club with her voice alone. And that repeated refrain of "how do you live?" becomes a manic mantra anchoring the whole track.