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Sometimes Julie - "Arachne’s Pride/Minerva"
Review by Daniel Deprè & Staff
“Arachne’s Pride/Minerva” has a real in your face attitude and it totally rocks. This is the kind of song that will have you fist pumping and cheering. Opening first with a beautiful classical guitar intro, the unexpected nature of the solo wonderfully disarms the listener. The intro features several false starts, keeping the listener on their toes. Then suddenly the rest of the band comes blasting in through the doors which totally catches you by surprise. By now you’re hooked by the unstoppable energy of Sometimes Julie and are sure to be rocking along from start to finish.
Lyrically, Sometimes Julie pulls from the story of the Roman goddess Minerva. She is utilized as a metaphor for taking on too much responsibility in life. This is a song about when the limits of your comfort zone are pushed and how difficult it can be trying to manage all the expectations that are piling up on your shoulders. “I didn’t ask for this, I didn’t ask to be your goddess, Don’t wanna wear your crown.” Sometimes through success, in any form, life can suddenly feel too large all too quickly. It’s during these times that we wish for things to go back to normal. This is what Sometimes Julie is referring to when they say, “Let me be, let’s be small again, let me be nothing at all again”.
The arrangement is rock solid and very well balanced. The vocals are supported by guitars ranging from full rhythmic strumming to crunchy palm muting which gives the song a lot of dynamic textures. The chorus is really where the heat is turned up and creates the sense of the atmosphere really opening up in an explosive way. The chorus also features some really exuberant slide guitar playing that helps boost the wild and fun energy. “Arachne’s Pride/Minerva” is a true rock song with relatable lyrics, a killer arrangement, and powerful vocals.
About Sometimes Julie
Sometimes Julie, one of San Diego’s most engaging and original rock bands, emerged from a chance collaboration between singer-songwriters Monica Sorenson and Rick Walker in 2012.
Anchored by Bruce Paul Allen (bass), Alberto Moreno (lead guitar), Anthony Sarain (sax/flute/keys), and Dave Fuller (drums), Sometimes Julie performs hard-driving rock with deep-seated blues and Americana influences.
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