I have listened to bands from all over the globe, but I don’t recall any coming from Austria. In the case of alt rockers Cornerstone, that would be a
first. Their new CD “Head Over Heels” falls somewhere between alternative, and 80’s style AOR. I could easily hear the more alternative numbers getting played in Starbucks across the U.S., as well some alternative and pop radio stations.
Some of the songs such as “Ready to Go” (my personal favorite) have a more melodic hard edge to them, but the majority of the songs here fall closer to acts like The Cranberries or maybe even REM. Singer Anja Schirmer has a very good voice. I wish she would take a few more chances vocally on these songs, but overall she is very pleasing to listen to. Stefan Wachelhofer provides just enough hard edged guitar licks to make these songs palatable to this hard core hard rocker. Michael Wachelhofer, who doubles as the band’s bass and keyboard player, provides a layer of keyboards that enhances but does not overpower Cornerstone’s music.
This CD also comes with a couple of radio edit tracks, “Regret” and “Fade Away” which are shortened versions of the original songs. You can check out “Fade Away” in the links below.
In 2008, Cornerstone signed a deal with Atom Records which could be the big break the band was looking for. They now have their eyes set on the U.S., and “Head Over Heels” ought to open a lot of new doors for the band. Cornerstone was winner of Alternative Addiction’s Next Big Thing contest, and are already getting airplay on several U.S. stations as a result.
If you like what you hear, you can purchase “Head Over Heels” through the HRH storefront at this link.
- Something To Say
- Ready To Go
- Better Than You
- I Can’t Even Say No
- Something In The way
- Fade Away
- Regret (U.S. Radio Version)
- Fade Away (U.S. Radio Version)
Anja Schirmer – Vocals
Michael Wachelhofer – Bass, Keyboards & Vocals
Stefan Wachelhofer – Guitars, and Vocals
Hannah Wachter – Drums & Percussion