Awesome foursome from New York go for the jugular on first offering that plays to their strength and then some.
It took longtime friends George Panagakos and Chris Crosby a suitably long time to land on a proper vehicle for their songwriting – and then another year to prepare their new ensemble for a roll into the spotlight. What the two present the public with now was designed to whip the listener into submission and lift everyone up, because there’s no other way from being let down and exposing throat for a bite… or a kiss. The three songs on this single seem to promise both possibilities.
As the record’s title track shapes a sharp riff out of tender strum, Panagakos’ vocals and piano offer the discerning ear a desperate blues before turning all tremulous and letting Wibbus’ six strings pitch a few molasses-like solos into the piece’s boiling cauldron of emotional turmoil, while the two-minute “Beat Me” relentlessly rocks and rolls to the groove of Crosby’s bass and Drew Bertrand’s drums. The acoustically may slow the tempo – without lowering the heat – yet the powerful balladry only whets appetite for New Yorkers’ full-length debut. Bring it on, lads.