Under Your Skin
'Under Your Skin' Is the Sophomore release from the Paul Hanover Band, blending singer-songwriter sensibilities with roots rock, reggae and blues into a uniquely northwest groove. One of the hardest working Seattle bands playing 8-12 shows a month from Portland to Seattle. Hard work and perseverance are paying off. The Atlanta based company Shuteye Records recently included the track 'I'm on your mind' from the CD 'Under Your Skin' on it's new release ' The United States of Americana volume 3'. released nationally to college and non-com radio markets at the end of October,this compilation is being greeted with a great deal of excitement. Let us get 'Under Your Skin' 1340mag.com CD Review 'Under Your Skin' (2005) is the second release from Seattle based indie rockers, Paul Hanover Band. Hanover may well be dubbed 'the man of a thousand voices.' This album shows off a variety of vocal techniques, all employed by a single lead singer. On one track Hanover is gruff bar-room balladeer, on the next he's a soulful gospel singer, and on the next he's a blues crooner. I had to keep checking the liner notes to make sure it was still him. The man has an uncanny ability to adapt his voice to a wide range of musical styles. This brings us to our next point: No two songs on 'Under Your Skin' sound the same. The album is a mosaic of several genres. There is the peaceful spiritual 'Have a Little Faith,' the sensual dark romance 'I'm Gone,' the smooth reggae song 'My Addiction,' and the searing folk rock song 'Life On The Run.' The only connecting thread between this parade of sounds is the Paul Hanover Band's classic rock feel. I was surprised to find out that 'Under Your Skin' is a sophomore release, because these guys really sound like veteran rockers. I'm guessing these guys came to awareness under artists like Bob Seger, Tom Petty, the Eagles, or Skynyrd. I was also surprised to find that these guys were from Seattle. I would have guessed Atlanta or Charlotte if I didn't know better. The southern rock undertones are ever present. Yes, the Paul Hanover has many voices, and his band has many sounds, and all of them are good. Key Tracks: Life On The Run Reviewed by: Jared Brown.