Cant Make Out the Stars
This Side of Eve is a band that is rooted in the powerful vocals and creativity of Alyssa Creasy. TSE consists of four songwriters, Alyssa and John Creasy, Bill Adams, and Ian White. Each bringing his/her own musical flavor and life experience for the band's musical interpretation. With the line up on the new album including Chris Hilf on bass guitar, John and Alyssa Creasy finally have the perfect mix of musical talent and cohesive creativity. Every song is powerful in it's lyrics and musical presentation. Songs range from alt. Country guitar driven tracks like I'll Wait to more mellow-pop piano driven tracks like These Streets Alone. The style or genre of T.S.E. is very difficult to put a finger on with influences of bands ranging from Uncle Tupelo and Ryan Adams to Over the Rhine and Cold Play. Americana Rock is probably the best genre description, at least the band is comfortable with it. Their influences bring many genres into their songs, alt-country, alternative, Americana, and even a bit of today's electronica. Pittsburgh Post Gazette Article THIS SIDE OF EVE Members: Alyssa Creasy, the voice of a honky-tonk angel, piano and organ, beats; John Creasy, lead guitar, lap steel and digital programming; Bill Adams, guitar, some vocals, mandolin and Bluebelles-esque harmonica on 'May'; Chris Hilf, bass; and Ian White, drums and programming. The sound: Despite occasional forays into what's sure to be referred to as folktronica, This Side of Eve is all about Americana, from country to folk, and blessed with gorgeous female vocals perfect for this kind of music. Checkered past: The Creasys were once part of Pittsburgh's ska-revival scene with The Toniks. The album: 'Can't Make Out the Stars,' a sophomore effort you wouldn't believe was recorded at home on a Powerbook laptop. Their previous effort, 'Aching From Wanting More,' was a favorite of WYEP, where it made the list of Top 10 local efforts of 2003. And several of the highlights here -- from the alt-country pop of the opener, 'May,' to the melancholy ache of 'These Streets Alone' (the folktronica song) -- sound ripe for airplay on stations like WYEP from here to, well, just about anywhere.