What are you doing THIS Saturday? Like Saturday the 23rd? How about instead of sitting on your couch and eating that fifth crave case you get off your ass and go to an amazing show at The Footlight? (Just a thought)
Great Woods organized the show in preparation for their upcoming album Strange Lives, out on the same day. To get us ready for the new album, they’ve given us two tracks to keep our mouths watering.
To start things off, Great Woods is a Brooklyn-based rock band fronted by lead singer and songwriter Eric Ryrie. The group is a rock and roll band, through and through. They’ve got guitars, they’ve got bass, they’ve got drums: pretty much all you’d expect from traditional rock.
The first track of the two is called ‘Strange Times in the City,’ an homage to moving to the Big Apple. On this cut, Eric Ryrie and company turn to the 90s for influence. This song screams Seattle grunge, particularly Soundgarden. The lead guitar on this track would feel right at home on Superunknown. I love the tremolo guitar on the track as well. It’s a good track that’s mixed and balanced well.
The second of the two single’s is ‘Atom Bomb.’ This track takes more of an 80s approach and adds some synth and arrangement work on top of the mix. This one’s pretty much a standard rock ballad. The melancholic vocals pair well with the slow and steady instrumentation. The synths are pretty cheesy but they pair nice with the 80s tom hits. The lyrics, unfortunately, are really cringy on this track. I can’t help but smile every time I hear the hook “I’ll have to leave you like an atom bomb. I’m gonna blow it up and then it’s gone”. Like…what?
Still think that Brooklyn rock doesn’t exist? Check out Strange Lives when it comes out this Tuesday, 6/20, and go see the band live over at The Footlight. Don’t miss out!
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