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Friday, July 29, 2016

Big Toe Productions artist: Paul DesLauriers Band - Relentless - New release review

I just had the opportunity to review the newest release, Relentless, from the Paul DesLauriers Band and it is relentless! Opening with Stewtro Rock, a hard driving rocker with a heavy bass line, this track shows that modern rockers are still making great music and with the partnership of Greg Morency on bass and Sam Harrison on drums, DesLauiers leads the way on lead vocal and guitar. Very nice! Boogie fused, I'm Your Man had eased up on the throttle a little but with intense work on guitar, drums and bass, this track is a serious entry. I really like it. Ten Feet Tall has a bit of arena feel to it with but with cool guitar riffs and raspy vocals, this track is a solid radio player. Another strong blues entry, Still Under My Skin has great guitar tones and a swampy feel reminding me of Jim Suhler. Paul really twists the guitar on this track and with rock solid bottom by Morency and Harrison, this may be one of my favorites on the release. Super. Funky blues number, Up In The Air has a rally swampy feel with a subdues slide riff under the melody. DesLauriers has some of the swagger of Ronnie VanZandt with great drums and bass kick. Raspy slide work by Paul really kicks this track up a few levels. Very nice. We Just Might is another driving rocker with real oomph. DesLauriers kicks out the stops on his guitar solos and another solid radio rocker. Blues ballad, If I Still Had You, is a soulful track with highly expressive guitar soloing. Easily the most powerful track on the release. Gonna Make You Move is a funky pop track with a jangly cow bell and smoking drum riffs. Also included is a more subtle Gonna Make You Move with just a bit more dynamics. This is a cool rocker and one to check out.

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