Title - 'Neon Alley'
Artist - Neon Alley
Known for (what the band likes to call) "Modern Classic Rock", the highly impressive, highly versatile 3-piece Neon Alley takes you back to an era when Rock wasn’t about making a quick buck, but about songs written and performed from the heart.
Neon Alley - David Vaccaro: Lead vocals, guitars, keyboards; Mike McDonald: Bass, Vocals; and Scott Marion on Drums & percussion - not only have a band name reminiscent of a 70's/80's flashback era, but strive to stay true to band leader Vaccaro's roots in the classic bands of those ear's. All done whilst still managing to keep one foot grounded firmly in today’s musical landscape, their new album, the self-titled Neon Alley (out on DMV Music) is a stunningly perfect ode to those days.
Vaccaro, whose personal musical story is much like a storytelling song of the late 70's itself re: a musician, paying his way through lowly bars on rough circuits, who journeyed from hardscrabble Boston club dates to the 90’s music scene of Los Angeles and creative collaborations with some of melodic rock’s platinum selling vocalists, has assembled a fine trio of musicians here for Neon Alley.
Indeed, this collection of originals, inclusive of a cleverly re-imagined cover, is perfectly crafted for sweat-soaked live performances, but if you don't find yourself in their vicinity for a gig, well, settle in with this CD and allow the 8 tracks to make you smile - and feel younger at the same time.
This album chock full of guitar-driven modern classic rockers kicks off in fine style with the thunderous 'That's How It Is', and backs it up with the more melodic 'All I Want', before that aforementioned cover, a rather unexpectedly ballsy 'Jailhouse Rock'. Wow, what a brilliant rendition these boys bring to the fore here, which they follow up with the drum-led 'I Only Want To Be With You'.
The very tuneful 'Let Your Lovin' Come Down' is next, and allows their vivacious rock guitars to take a few steps back and allow for a more mid-tempo sound to control the song. For 'Piece Of The Pie' those revved up guitars are back, cranked even further for the pulsating 'Got To Rock', before the album is brought to a close with 'Til I'm Done'.
In support of the new CD release the band has teamed up with Boston film Director Vladimir Minuty to create videos for the first two singles, 'That’s How It Is' and 'I Only Want To Be With You'.