Fosterchild’s debut CD, Independence Day, recently released by the Silent Majority Group has been gaining attention by rockers around the country. And, for good reason, these guys have some talent. Hailing from the City of Brotherly Love, Drummer Kevin Miller, formerly with Fuel (“Shimmer” and “Hemorrage”) put together quite a crew of local heavy hitters.

Along with Miller, Fosterchild includes guitarist Brian Quinn, of Octane fame; lead vocalist/guitarist Danny Beissel, a regional solo artist; and bassist Erik Leonhardt, former member of the hard-rock cover band Freak.

Not to be confused with the 70’s Canadian band of the same name, Fosterchild delivers an interesting sound – a throwback to 80’s rock bands like Guns N’ Roses and White Lion with a little Stone Temple Pilots and Alice and Chains thrown in for good measure. Front man Beissel’s voice sounds like a cross between Burton Cummings of the Guess Who, and Jizzy Pearl of Love/Hate and is quite infectious. This guy is definitely going places. The rest of the band aren’t slouches either, they all give solid performances throughout the CD.

Independence Day is sure to set off some fireworks. Each track is filled with Miller’s driving back beats, Leonhardt’s thundering bass lines, Quinn’s gritty guitar riffs and Beissel’s signature voice, not to mention great back up vocals from the rest of the band. The songs are full of catchy hooks and the production is clean, This CD should do well. “Sugar Cookie” with it’s signature cowbell beginning is already getting lot of play on their Myspace page with over 300 plays a day and is climbing mainstream rock charts.

Take these orphans of rock into your home (or ipod) and give them a little attention; Independence Day is worth a listen and don’t be surprised if it ends up in your most recently played list on iTunes.

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