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CD REVIEW: Red Weather - Every Alley Wall
By Cyrus Rhodes - 03/17/2011 - 11:52 AM EDT

Artist: Band: Red Weather
Album: Every Alley Wall
Label: Independent Artist
Genre: Indie alternative pop/rock
Sounds Like: White Stripes, Blues Traveler, Barenaked Ladies
Technical Grade: 10/10
Production/Musicianship Grade: 7/10
Commercial Value: 10/10
Overall Talent Level: 10/10
Songwriting Skills: 10/10
Performance Skill: 10/10
Best Songs: In the Key of Rock & Roll, I Wasn’t there
Weakness: None.
CD Review:

Detroit 3 piece Red Weather release their debut release Every Alley Wall in 2010. Band members include guitarist Gordry Hunt, bassist Brent Marvin, & Drummer Mark Kaiser. CD was produced by Michael Lutz.

Logging in at just over 24 minutes the CD kicks off into high gear with solid garage rockvibe beat, “Life of Crime” a psychedelic guitar groove against emotionally charged vocals, & well placed harmonies. Track 2 “Reas Apt Blues” serves up another solid low end groove, with bluesy rock musical flow coupled with hooky harmonies & impressive vocal accents from Hunt. Track 3 “I Wasn’t There” shifts gears with its slithering musical intro eventually lending itself into a pulsating rock groove meshed with an infectious bluesy-rock melody that flows & ebbs its way through fruition. The CD makes a solid first impression dishing out 3 rock solid songs in a row. As the CD unfolds I can hear many musical influences reminiscent of White Stripes, Blues Traveler & even brief splashes of The Toadies & even the Bare-naked Ladies. Right from the start you will notice Hunt & company feel quite comfortable just letting it all hang out musically, not holding anything back. The overall musical vibe has a nice psychedelic, raw indie feel to it. Hunt’s guitar playing is rock solid across the board as he dishes out impressive bluesy guitar licks, rock solid rhythm guitar playing & a few solos that will make your head spin. Equally as impressive is Hunt’s vocal presence as he takes several vocal risks thought the CD indicating to me a strong & confident vocal ability. Hunt’s voice goes down smooth & is full of passion, & recklessness abandon. Hunt’s got the voice & plays guitar well. If he just so happened to write all these songs – well that pretty much makes him a musical triple threat. The musicianship from all the other members in the band is above the bar & has everything you would expect from a standard 3 piece delivery. Hunt clearly makes the (singer to listener) vocal connection with his singing. The songs themselves are short & sweet musical experiences, each one possessing unique personality, flair, & signature groove. I can honestly say all these songs have hit potential written all over them. From upbeat “Lewis & Clark” to the final piece “In the Key of Rock & Roll” the CD Pretty much has Overall

Every Alley Wall by Read Weather is a rock solid debut statement. Song for song, note for note it has no noticeable weaknesses that I can find & is just has a feel good groove to it. It’s strong suit – the song for song rock solid consistency & amazing vocal presence of lead singer Gordy Hunt. Like the aforementioned he is a musical triple threat & should be considered a premier talent within the band. Let’s just hope his head doesn’t ever catch up with his talent is any time soon. I would go so far as to say he’s the next Jack White. If Red Weather has a slam dunk live presentation then that would make a pretty lethal combination. No doubt they are a lot of fun to check out live. So if you like college alternative rock that dishes out a hard hitting punk rock edge then you should jump into this CD head first. 

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