Title - All A View
Artist - Wanderlust
For those unaware, the music industry was different in the 1990s. Rock n roll ruled the roost. Spotify had yet to be invented. It was during this golden age somewhere between Bill Clintons inauguration and the start of the New Millennium that a rock band named Wanderlust made its stand.
Wanderlust felt like a timeless band for the modern world, its songs rooted in electric guitars, classic pop hooks, percussive stomp, and the shared chemistry of four friends front man and principle songwriter Scot Sax, guitarist Rob Bonfiglio, bassist Mark Getten, and drummer Jim Cavanaugh who had finally gotten their shot at the brass ring.
Decades after inking a major-label contract with RCA Records, opening for The Who, and touring America with Collective Soul, Wanderlust has reconvened to finish some unfinished business with 2021s All A View, available on July 2nd, 2021.
1. All A View
2. Black Currant Jam
3. Something Happens
4. 2 Million Pieces
5. Corduroy Moon
6. Trick of the Light
7. I Can Be Moved
8. Critical Mind
9. Bored and Blue
Opening on the transcendently ethereal carpet ride of the title track All A View and the lo-fi indie growl of Black Currant Jam, they back those up seamlessly with the drum-led, poplicious Something Happens, the Tears For Fears-esque melodies of 2 Million Pieces, and then comes the troubadour ambiance of Corduroy Moon.
Next up is the foot-tapper Trick of the Light and the mid-tempo, melodic guitar rock of I Can Be Moved, and they are followed by the 70s-imbibed prog vibe of Critical Mind, the album rounding out on the harmonious balladry flow of Bored and Blue, closing on the countrified AOR of Inspiration.
To understand Wanderlusts present, it helps to look at the bands past. The group formed in Philadelphia in 1993, signed a record deal in 1994, and released the debut album Prize in 1995.
Championed by publications like The Sunday London Times (Wanderlusts album Prize is one of the greatest rock albums ever made) and MOJO (power pop at its best), Wanderlust burned brightly and briefly.
Dropped from RCA before they could finish their second album, the musicians released a self-titled record in 1998 and soon went their separate ways.
Sax established himself as a hit songwriter, solo artist, and sought-after filmmaker during the 21st century, co-writing the Grammy-winning Like We Never Loved At All for Faith Hill and Tim McGraw and serving as the hand-picked opening act for Robert Plant and Allison Krauss Raising Sand tour.
Meanwhile, Bonfiglio released a half-dozen solo albums, performed with the Beach Boys, produced an album for Wilson Phillips, and landed an ongoing spot in Brian Wilsons band.
Recently, in 2020, Sax came across a DAT tape featuring acoustic recordings of songs he had written after Prizes release. These demos felt like a time capsule a blast from the past, dreamt into existence during the bands heyday and filled with the same sonic spirit that had once earned Wanderlust admittance into the big leagues.
The songs would have made a great Wanderlust album which is why Sax decided to get the band back together and finish the work he had already started.
I feel like a young Cameron Crowe, with a story about a band that fell victim to its own insecurities in the bright lights and with the big wigs of the music business, circa 1995, he says.
Now, the same four guys find an old cassette of songs never recorded, long forgotten in their fall from grace. So what do they do? They put on their big-boy pants and make the album that never was.
That album is All A View, and it bridges the gap between Wanderlusts past and present. Saxs original demos represent the record bedrock, with most of his performances from 1996 remaining intact.
Nearly 25 years after he laid down his vocals and acoustic guitar, a reunited Wanderlust began turning those bare-boned recordings into full-blown rock anthems, with each bandmate overdubbing his contributions from home during the 2020 pandemic.
Sax wrote new songs for the project, too, including several collaborations with Rob Bonfiglio. The album was then mixed in Philadelphia, the same city that Wanderlust once called home.
What began as a revisitation of older material became a kind of snapshot of our musical journeys in the present tense, explains Bonfiglio.
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