Title - 'Flying Under The Radar'
Artist - Doug Wahlberg Band
For those not in the know, the Doug Wahlberg Band has been electrifying audiences for years, performing originals most cannot distinguish from main stream radio play. Their music features simple, melodic hooks, both gritty and laid back but always hypnotic and driving.
These tunes will etch their way into your memory, of that have no doubt, and as much as that is an easy thing for a journalist to write, trust me, it's also the damn truth! While reminiscent of British and American classic rock, The Doug Wahlberg Band brings a modern approach to a retro sound.
Just take the opening track, the hypnotically catchy 'I Love When It Rains' ("I love when it rains, it's hard to explain. It makes me think of old friends, that you only see now and again"). Man, what a great way to kick this 8 track new album off with, and then to lead into the rock fest of 'The Lake,' well the sequencing is pretty much spot on perfect too. And let's not skip over the incredible guitar solo work that brings the song to a close! Wow, using his signature Skeletone guitars, his fingers must have been burning come the end!
With the band members - Doug Wahlberg, Lead Vocals, Lead Guitar; Rich Genovese: Drums; George Miller: Bass Guitar; and Jeff Claypool: Keyboards, Guitar, Vocals - having resumes that boast performances with the unparalleled talents of The Doors, Neal Smith of Alice Cooper Band, Jose Feliciano, and Ian Hunter, the Doug Wahlberg Band has also opened for classic acts such as Paul Simon, Foreigner, George Thorogood, Blue Oyster Cult, The Ramones, Eddie Money, Rick Derringer, and Cheap Trick.
Doug himself has worked on projects that included such legends as Rick Derringer, Elton John’s lyricist Bernie Taupin and Bowie’s guitarist and producer Mick Ronson. All that, and a whole lot more comes to the fore time and time again, especially early on, with both the mid tempo 'Broken' and the 60's rock vibe of 'What If?' challenging the pop lite crap that infests our radio air waves today.
That 60's/psychedelic influence comes to the fore once again on such tracks as both the pulsating 'Waiting On The Sun,' and the quite brilliant 'Can't Wait' ("Let's start living, like the day we were born"). Wahlberg, who was once managed by Lester Chambers of the Chamber Brothers, has even performed at a birthday party for which the guest of honor was none other than Andy Warhol! I know, right! As for this great album of fresh, new DWB music, well, it sadly comes to an all-too-soon close with the rawness of 'Nothing,' and then the perfect melodic rock flow of 'Torture.'
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