Rich Lynch is a singer-songwriter, musician, journalist and radio host currently releasing digital singles on the Internet. As the founder and editor of several online music magazines since 1999 his in-box is regularly flooded with news on compelling new acts and product releases. Here are his current favorites and top picks!
Poker Face is a band truly built for this challenging moment in history. On their much anticipated sixth album, Songs for the Q Revolution the fearsome foursome from Pennsylvania continue to speak their mind while they still can. On the timely "(FEAR) Leave It Behind" an urgent guitar-driven pulsation moves the track forward as frontman Paul Topete provides an injection of courage in a last ditch effort to cure our apathetic populace. The anthemic "Living in the Land of Pinocchio" tells the truth as they see it - and I won't lie - the message is downright disturbing but that seems to be the point. When these political rockers convene behind closed doors it's no conspiracy that what inevitably emerges is a powerful platter that forces the listener to question everything they have ever believed in. They're just playing the hand they've been dealt.
Justin Fancy has just released his debut country single to Canadian radio. While "Long Time Comin'" shares its name with one of the better latter era Springsteen tracks its got a little sprinkling of compatriot Bryan Adams mixed in with a strong modern country vibe. The song is an uplifting anthem that details the sometimes arduous journey it takes to finally make it to your destination. But, this talented performer has arrived just in time. Give it a spin and we're sure you'll fancy it as much as we do.
Foley & The Fire are four music veterans who count Bruce Springesteen, U2, Tom Petty and The Killers among their most significant influences. With "Springsteen On The Radio" they pay homage to The Boss and his ability to get his fans working on pursuing their own dreams. Clocking in at 3 minutes and 36 seconds the powerful AOR-styled anthem name-checks only a few Bruce related songs as it recalls the power and promise of hearing Springsteen echo across the airwaves when tracks about cars and sand took on epic religious meaning for those with ears ready to hear. The end result is a grand sonic gesture that pays fitting tribute to the glory days of Jersey's greatest rock giant. Foley & The Fire have a burner with their latest and it's a good bet somewhere further up the road we'll be hearing them on the radio, too.
ANOTHER DAY DAWNS - These Pennsylvania based rockers made the pilgrimage to Dark Horse Studios in Franklin, Tennessee to lay down tracks for their new EP STRANGERS. But, don't expect any country music on the album's five tracks. On this record the high energy quartet seem to turn the calendar to a point back in the day when acts from the mid-nineties and early 2000's ruled the airwaves. ADD has created a hybrid sound based on the successful alternative rock and nu metal formula. Yet, the quality quartet of Dakota Sean (vocals), Tyler Ritter (guitar), Jerome Betz (bass) and Nick McGeehan (drums) only use that template as a jumping off point to plant their own ferocious and furious flag in the ground. The tasty "Taste of Heaven" shimmers with a glorious groove while the slower "Never Okay" is more than all right as it delivers real insight into the band's own personal story. The end result is that STRANGERS is strangely familiar but surely not contemptible - not even close.
TUESDAY AT SIX - It remains our undying wish that during our lifetime we absolutely do not want to see rock and roll die. Now, a powerful quartet from Gorey, Co. Wexford, Ireland are doing all they can to make sure that never happens with their explosive new single and statement of purpose "Genie in the Bottle" that bubbles over will all the angst and discord you'd expect to emerge in the post-Brexit era of uncertainty and confusion. If you miss the revolutionary fervor and fanaticism created by more familiar acts like the Arctic Monkeys and Oasis - well, give this one a spin - it's sure to rub off on you.
THE CRAVENS - The sophomore jinx is of no concern for this respected veteran pop/rock outfit from West Palm Beach, Florida. On their second release The Dark Side of Love the quintet led by brothers John and Bill Storch mine a slightly darker and grittier path than last year's debut. But, all the elements that made that effort a favorite are still here. Effective songcraft, top notch musicianship and passionate performances abound on the title track and the single "Dakota Rise" in enough quantity to guarantee that the light will continue to shine on these renegades who are serving a life sentence in rock and roll.