MACH22 – Go Ahead (2014)
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Hailing from Philadelphia, MACH22 is the band of Sebastian LaBar, son of legendary guitarist Jeff LaBar from Cinderella. The outfit will release their full length debut album ‘Sweet Talk Intervention’ on May 6 through the band’s website.
Some tracks from the album were presented to the press and we have here an exclusive advance: the half of the CD.
A really young band, MACH22’s already racked up some impressive credentials: opening for Slash, Steel Panther, Tom Keifer, Cheap Thrill, and performing for an audience of 75,000 at Jay-Z’s Made in America Festival. MACH22 also picked up several product endorsements including an endorsement by PRS Guitars.
Additionally, MACH22 has been selected by Slash as grand prize winners in Guitar Center On-Stage: Slash Contest following submission of their original song “Don’t You Give Me”.
Produced by Jeff LaBar, ‘Sweet Talk Intervention’ was recorded at Dragon Sound Studios in Nashville, TN, and engineered by Ronnie Honeycutt (Jackyl).
With killer riffs, bluesy rhythms and soulful delivery, the band’s songs span the emotional spectrum, capturing that classic hard rock feel yet with a refreshing modern edge.
Sebastian LaBar, who was personally trained by his father and quickly set out on his own with a distinctive soloing, is accompanied by versatile singer Lamont Caldwell (Erykah Badu Band, Dave Matthews Band), bass player Jaron Gulino (Charm City Devils), guitarist (Dizzy Reed Band, Uli Jon Roth) and drummer Damian MonteCarlo.
The great hard rocker “Backslider” is driven by a spiky riff, same as with “I’m Just a Man”, starting with a pumping kick ass drum and bass groove before kickin’ in to the down n’ dirty style that makes MACH22 who they are.
With guitars cranked and distortion levels maxxed they continue to keep the pace high and hard throughout first single and video “Go Ahead”, as well as the melodic “Don’t You Give Me” where the band add sweeter backing vocals and intensify the groove.
“Radio”, one of the standouts here, reimagines Tesla playing the Rolling Stones. It’s a song that really underlines the raw potential of the band, while managing to keep a modern edge and is both true to the hard rock template and strangely radio-friendly.
MACH 22 is a talented young band that really shines through in well written, confident and catchy songs with solid hard rock riffs and engaging lyrics. I really look forward to hearing all that this band has to offer when the full CD comes out.
01 – Backslider
02 – I’m Just A Man
03 – Don’t You Give Me
04 – Go Ahead
05 – Radio
Lamont Caldwell – Vocals
Sebastian LaBar – Lead Guitar, Vocals
Ted Merrill – Rhythm Guitar, Vocals
Jaron Gulino – Bass, Vocals
Damian MonteCarlo – Drums