RECORD REVIEW FLASHBACK
A popular entertainment news
site I wrote for extensively over
the last couple of years ceased
operations recently. As a result,
in the next few weeks, I will be
re-posting some of the best bits
I contributed to the magazine.
Here's one of 'em — from the
spring of 2018.
Many of today’s most promising and appealing young rock bands are smeared from ear-to-ear with the stylistic DNA of legendary artists from the past. While the celebrated British brigade, The Struts, appear to be a legit, modern-day recreation of Queen and U.S. darling, Greta Van Fleet, “barrows” in abundance from Led Zeppelin, the Illinois-based combo, The Fantastic Plastics, points to Devo for their quirky, pop-driven inspiration. As for YYNOT, the four-piece American alliance perhaps can be described best as “the classic Rush you get (and crave) when you no longer can get classic Rush.”
Although the popular bi-coastal outfit first came together online as a Rush tribute project, the band shines brightest as its own original music entity. Case in point, their stunningly brilliant self-titled debut record.
First and foremost, YYNOT’s musical badass-factor can NOT be denied. Typically brandishing a vintage ‘69 Gibson ES-335 and a ‘77 Rickenbacker, songwriter / producer / guitarist Billy Alexander and bassist Tim Starace are the “real deal,” through and through. Similarly, the drum work of studio players, Chris Moore and Tony Morra, as well as official full-time member, Joel Stevenett, is delivered with total Peart-like authenticity. As for 20-year-old vocalist, Rocky Kuner, the California native is a charming breath of fresh air — a delicate delight — a musical gift from God. Her Geddy-inspired vocals are honest and pure — passionate and exciting.
But, as they say, “If you ain’t got songs, you ain’t got jack.” And in that regard, this nine-song set delivers in spades — residing stylistically somewhere between A Farewell to Kings and Permanent Waves — peppered to perfection with zesty dashes of 2112. Steeped in prog-style precision, the songs also ooze infectious, sing-along likability and will also fit comfortably in a commercial radio format. Of the record’s many highlights, “Invisible Heart,” “Kingdom Come” and “The Curtain Falls” serve as the most powerful earworms.
In sum, for true classic rock aficionados, the debut from YYNOT just might be the most irresistible seduction of 2018 — emotional feedback on a timeless wavelength, to be sure.
- SUPERSTAR -
- SHOUT IT OUT LOUD -
- C'MON! -