Monday, February 10, 2014
Hollywood Drunks Smash Through Genres With Precision on Swell
The first track that struck me greatly was “That Age” as it has such a classic sound to it, modern rock, adult contemporary, jingle ready, commercial appealing, and full of melody, guitars, bass, and just “good” music. It took me back a little to the first time I heard The Roots on a skateboard video, because their sound plays so well with so many other talents, and it’s a testament to the deluge of music that is coming out without enough ears to hear it.
Commercial appeal aside, Hollywood Drunks play many sides of the musical fret board, offering fans of blues, rock, jazz, and even a little bit of funk something to smile at. I found their musical set changes refreshing, and really enjoyed going through different emotions. Eric Winzenried’s vocals stand tall amidst driving bass lines, keyboard tunes, and guitars that are equally crunchy at times as they are bluesy and more. This is a good record, full of layers, and interesting lyrical components that you don’t always get with popular acts today.
By the time you hear “Swell” you’re sold on the record, as I was totally into it by that point. I like the melodies, the song structure, and the lack of pretense that sometimes riddles genre bending records. If you want to listen to this album, check out the Hollywood Drunks official webpage here. It’s a good record, and definitely deserves more attention.