610 as he calls himself, otherwise known as Anthony Lipira, is based out of St. Charles, IL, and is currently supporting his most recent release Sense Of Urgency. He creates, records, and produces original Alt-Rock songs. Anthony lists some of his influences as U2, REM, Pink Floyd, Death Cab, MGMT, and Depeche Mode. We have helped promote 610’s music over the past 6-12 months and it’s been great working with him. It’s quite obvious he is serious about his craft.
610 – Sense of Urgency
“Caliphate Of Hate” is the first tune on this EP that was released in December, 2017. Homegrown for sure, this song takes a while to build. It starts out with some simple guitar strums (I like the multi-panning) and slowly builds into a smooth rock ‘n roll song. Right off the bat I can hear his Pink Floyd influences shining front and center.
“One Shoe” is up next. The guitar work stands out in this tune, especially the ornamental harmonics in the begin and throughout. So far in this EP I haven’t heard any songs I can really dig my teeth into and listen to over and over. “One Shoe” comes close in the beginning with the chord progression and the “one shoe, one love, etc” lyrics he is singing over. However, later in the song I lose the initial melody and the song seems to get lost for a bit. At the very end the original hook is brought back in briefly. I would like to hear it more prominent thru the entire song…just because I like it! The bridge with the light guitar solo is a nice break, but again it would be nice to hear that original hook again. Overall a very listenable tune.
“Sick Of You And Me” – Now we’re getting somewhere! With this one, Anthony is starting to pique my interest! Not only is there a kickass video to go along with the tune…the song is really good! The video just enhances everything more. It involves 2 mannequins who find love online, and well, you can see for yourself. “Sick Of You And Me” has more hooks and it’s cool to hear more of a rock groove carried thru the tune. The video makes the song for me though. It’s nice to see Anthony show his face and personality.
“Sock Monkey Jesus” is my favorite tune on the whole EP. I feel like it’s the best song with the best hooks and the best production. The keyboards add some depth to the production and the percussion of Chet McCracken is crisp and clean. With the right marketing and team behind it, I could see “Sock Monkey Jesus” getting pretty high up on some college radio charts. Again, the production on this tune is some of the best I’ve heard from 610…from the keyboards and percussion to the vocals and guitar playing.