(08 April 2000) Las Vegas rock band Inside Scarlet released their debut
album Red (Velvet Ink (USA) IS-0004, 1999) over a year ago but
are gaining popularity via online listening forums.
Fronted by Sharay Larsen (vocals, guitar) and Heather Tampa (vocals,
bass), the traditional four-piece rock group
also includes Mike Cromer (guitars) and Brian Festone (drums).
Chris Ripley wrote, "Inside Scarlet is one of the premiere local bands
in Las Vegas. Their unique, yet distinctive sound sets them apart from the
pack. When you hear and watch this band you get the feeling you will soon
be paying high ticket prices to see them in a major venue or stadiums.
Inside Scarlet is definately making a name for themselves in Las Vegas
and certainly has the potential to become a major act in the music
entertainment industry." A visit to the band's brilliantly designed
website provides a peek
into their style.
Inside Scarlet and their debut album Red continue to broaden
the industry coverage of Musical Discoveries. The female vocal thread
is clearly the major element of this group's music, but the tunes are
largely harder, than other artists and albums reviewed at this website.
Both Sharay and Heather are vocally very strong with their lead parts
clearly driving the band's sound. Most of the album's songs rock in one
way or another, some being more accessible than others. "Midnight" is
a particularly memorable number with vocals far outweighing the supporting
generally lighter-than-the-rest-of-the-album guitar-laced instrumentals.
Even the band's ballads have an edge. "Gently" is song evocatively
yet powerful guitars provide a sharpness and rocking feel to the basic
song construction. "Leap Of Faith" is similarly constructed. Contrast
this with an almost-spoken vocal in "Stick," a track that would be
comfortably placed in any one of the popular teen-oriented Warner
Brothers' television shows. We found the vocal layers in "Summer Sky"
especially sweet in the verses, illustrating a slightly softer side to
the band's sound. "Fly" is filled with musical constradictions: here jazz,
swing and rock all meld together with screaming guitars and sensuous
vocals binding the song together. Lush guitar work dominates the
The title track that is meant to close the album is
one of two that highlight it. Listen to the two vocalists sing this lovely
duet together over acoustic and electric guitar, with instrumentals
that build up as the song develops. The second part of the song, equally
accomplished in its construction is sung by the two vocalists over exotic acoustic
and electric guitar, bass and the lightest percussion. The vocals and instrumental
work in this track are lovely—the best on the album.
Full songs can be downloaded from Inside
You can read further reviews, hear further soundbites and order Inside Scarlet's
album Red at amazon.com
here. The band's debut album Red is filled with contrasts and
as a live act the group are certainly worthy of further exploration. See the
band perform if you get to Las Vegas. Distinctly more rocking than many of
the albums reviewed here, it will appeal to a broad audience. It is indeed
a nice listen.