Music Revolutions, Sound Evolutions
Considering the impact of music in our lives, we are reminded that there are bands that make music, and there are bands that inspire cultural revolutions. Some bands take the stage for a fleeting moment, perhaps we recall their one or two chart topping hits, but we might be unable to recall their name. The fact is that when an artist puts their heart and soul into their music, it shows, their music is powerful, and their records are passed down from generation to generation. Their sound provokes a response, their words have depth, and their stage presence commands attention. Bands of this caliber are a rarity within the modern music scene but, they do exist and are making their way to the front and center-stage.
Emerging with an allure that has not been seen since the early ages of rock, Seattle band Whiskey N’ Rye has unleashed their self-titled album ‘Whiskey N’ Rye’. As one of the most powerful releases of 2014, the album is an inventive production that bridges the elements of classic rock styles with contemporary American insight and artistic brilliance. Generally, when listening to a new album, there might be two or three tracks that really stand out and capture a listener’s interest. This is definitely not the case with ‘Whiskey N’ Rye’; the entire album conveys each and every song with resounding energy. There are times when artists opt to tell stories that are directly related to their personal experiences, making an album a little too inward and foreign from the listeners’ perspectives. This particular album does the exact opposite by telling a story that brings listeners into the experience by establishing an authentic context that is not only all-encompassing but highly relevant.
The band’s style, which is composed of blues, rock, and Americana elements is present throughout each track on the album giving it a signature sound. The compilation works masterfully to deliver varied sounds and flavor, a demonstration of the band’s musically diverse background and stylistic expertise. The album which was written by singer-songwriter Philip Lindholm consists of 10 rigorously composed pieces that incorporate a myriad of musical techniques, styles, and themes that work together in a cohesive manner to deliver an enjoyable listening experience.
Although all of the tracks on ‘Whiskey N’ Rye’ deliver their own rush of sound, there are a few that really stand out with remarkable distinction. The band opens up with “Bootlegger” an energetic rock song that is reminiscent of Lynyrd Skynrd’s “Sweet Home Alabama”; the song emanates a strong traditional American vibe with down-home harmonica action and guitar play. The band changes up the vibe on the album with some slower tempo tracks such as “Until the End” and ” The Open Road”, a legendary example of thoughtful storytelling through songwriting.
Another track that really stands out is “Rebel Man, Pt. 1” an artistically composed piano solo that tells a story all of its own without the use of a vocalist. The inclusion of this track functions well to demonstrate the bands quality and skill as avid instrumentalists. Behind “Rebel Man, Pt. 1″ is a dynamic rock piece named Rebel, Man, Pt. 2” which has a stronger guitar focus as well as lead male, female, and background vocalists. Lyrically speaking, “Rebel Man, Pt.2” is one of the most profound tracks included on the record and it will definitely resonate with fans; it has an unusual chilling effect that lingers on after the song concludes.
Whiskey N’ Rye’s debut release of their self-titled album is bound to be one of the most notable undertakings of 2014. The album is a unique blend of various rock elements from earlier influences combined with contemporary stylistics making it an all-around phenomenal music find. Though each track on the album displays different aspects of rock, blues, and Americana styles; the band has in fact managed to deliver a striking sound.
Word on the street is that this band puts on one amazing live show; so of course we had to take a peek. Check out this really awesome video of Whiskey N’ Rye performing live.
Hailing from Seattle, Washington, Whiskey N’ Rye consists of band members Philip Lindholm, Colin McLaurin, Josh Tvrdy, Nolan Watt, and Marco Longo. Their style can be described as Americana, Roots-Rock, capturing the depth of American tradition and spirit through their music. Having nailed down the top spot for Roots-Rock on Reverbnation, the ban formed in 2013 and continues to do some serious damage with their unparalleled sound. The band’s polished sound comes as no surprise considering three of its members graduated from the world-renowned Berklee School of Music. On a steady upward journey, the band has no plans of stopping and is currently touring sharing their deeply rooted sound with adoring fans. Hopefully you are lucky enough to catch these born stars live as they are known for lighting up the stage, in the meantime keep up with their latest music, news, and upcoming appearances on the band’s official website www.whiskeynrye.com.
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