Allow me to preface this article by saying this. I was horribly unaware of this magnificent band prior to today. Luckily the future holds for me a deep dive into their back catalog. They have gained themselves a new fan in me. Not that they need it. I’m sure they’ve gained a huge following already due to their infectious music. Bands that make music like this deserve to be heard by as many ears as possible, and as fans of solid music that ticks all the boxes, we deserve to hear them.
The opening riffs grabbed hold of my attention straight out of the gate. I’ve read who their influences are. It’s as if they cherry picked multiple decades to inspire them. That’s the sign of good musicians. They are the ones that have deep knowledge of the music that came before them. They have a respect for the roads that been paved but are clearly adding a new lane that belongs solely to them. This is simply put a joining of great musical minds as they come together to create music that will forever be timeless.
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All rock bands that are worth their weight in gold come equipped with a front man that captures the audience’s attention. I have yet to see Strangely Alright, but it is most definitely on my to do list should the opportunity arise, but in my minds eye I imagine Regan Lane commands the stage as if he’s invoking Mick Jagger, David Lee Roth, and Iggy Pop. His vocal presence is incomparable, but I can only imagine the theatricality he puts into his performance. Then you get the second of the one-two punch with Sean Van Dommelen’s catchy guitar riffs that force you to move as if you’re part of their stage show. Also, one can’t speak on the complete and spectacular nature of this band without mentioning Ken Schaff’s mesmerizing bass play or Jason Bair’s rapturous drum play driving the song. Finally, the icing on the cake, is Ray Hayden’s backing keyboard. It adds that special “oomph” to help propel this song. Anyway, as I said, I’m a fan. Fellas, if you go on tour in Chicago let me know. I’d love to see you live.