First impressions with rock groups mean a lot to me. I can still remember the first song I listened to of every major rock group that I love today. For Neil Young and Crazyhorse it was “Southern Man”, a song that took me to the deep south, with overtones alluding to post-Civil War life in America, a topic that I am fascinated with. As for the name of their band, Young is an unabashed supporter of Native Americans and their history, and Crazy Horse was no doubt one of the more famous chiefs in America, so I love that name he chose.
For this local rock band, their name is what instantly drew me to them. Everyone loves nostalgia, and the days of opening up the top of a turntable and pulling out a massive vinyl record of your favorite band, placing the needle on the edge, and hearing that initial faint crackling sound before the music starts blasting through the speaker. There probably could not be a better name for a new band than by taking something old, something that The Vinyls have done. It is actually a surprise that no one had chosen the name prior, because without even listening to them, it just reeks of yesteryear.
Those who read this blog know of my distaste for new age music. Personally, nothing good came after the 1980′s ended, or so that was my opinion until I discovered Streetlight Manifesto, a combination of rock and ska that finally had me interested in something new. I could listen to Mozart, Wagner, Tchaikovsky and Offenbach all day, but every once in a while I need some rock music.
The Vinyls are another band that has come onto the scene, and to put it bluntly, not sounding like crap. They have a very professional sound, with great vocals (Drew Duddy, Dave Ryan), guitar (Ryan), and bass (Dan Szpakowski). The drums (Rick Szpakowski) are also there, but they are not the driving force, which is good because too many new bands emphasize the drums, and it becomes tacky and annoying. For a person who knows their share of people who have created bands, I can honestly say this is the best of such bands that I have ever heard.
The first song of theirs that I listened to, after joining their Facebook Group (and learning of them through their bass player who is in one of my classes) was “Drifter”. The first thing that caught my attention was the subtlety of the bass, and then the vocals. Here, I was listening to a professional group, not some crudely constructed garage band. They have released many singles, including “Extended Play” and “American Dream”, all of which I have enjoyed.
They have a CD coming out this Saturday, and a big release party at the Freehold VFW, where it will be released. Other local bands will also join them, including The Riverwinds, Hot in the City, Little Devil Dance Again, Love Isla, and Skylines & Valor. It is sure to be a night of fun, and if you have an interest in rock music, I highly recommend you check them out and even attend if you are so inclined.
As you can see, out of the 245 posts I have made on this blog, only ten have been about music, so if I am making mention of it here, then it must be good. With the help of The Vinyls, rock enthusiasts should not be alarmed at the end of great music being made, for if more bands like this come around, we should be in store for some solid music in the many years to come.