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Amidst the serene sound of waves crashing on Long Island’s shore, there comes the growl of distortion, ringing guitars, and a fantastic all around alternative /slash/ rock and roll album from Right As Rain titled The Canyons Between Us.
From the album’s opening sustain of guitar on “Hell’s Kitchen’s Finest” these tracks hook you!
Now forget the waves and the well-established Long Island art and music scene, or even Manhattan’s dark corners, Right As Rain could just have easily emerged from Seattle’s backyard, where the Grunge revolution helped straight-up rock and roll become resurgent.
The once stagnant rock music scene expanded a thousand fold, as an alternative twist revived a dying hair band music culture.
And this return to rock and roll opened doors to new innovative types of blues-based electrified tunes that continue to tread new paths to this day with Right As Rain’s The Canyons Between Us.
It is no surprise that the band’s influences from Weezer to Bright Eyes to Bayside are evident in their music, but what is surprising is the unique tones, subtle and adept lyrics, and all around creative talent that forms a polished and fully formed album that travels from gritty rock to harmonizing Beatles-esque singing to impactful bass drums.
And speaking of Weezer, here is a great take on Weezer’s “Waiting On You” from Right As Rain’s acoustic EP.
At the heart of the band are songwriters Dave Gross, playing guitars and vocals, and Brian McDonough, on guitars and hijinx, and they are accompanied by Dennis, on drums and vocals, and Matt, on bass and guitars.
The songs are thirteen and unrelenting in their range and creativity, as well as soulful singing and at times screaming.
An absolute gem of a song is placed last on this album, titled “Woodward Parkway”, which delves deeply into Irish folk ballads with its rhythmic structure, but has a modern edge that falls in between Flogging Molly (minus the harsh, metal infusion) and Woody Guthrie (but is much more bluesy and electric).
Simply put: I loved this album.
Right As Rain rocks on!
Rune Works News & Reviews GRADE: A+
“Right As Rain’s The Canyons Between Us ROCKS ON” was written by R.J. Huneke