Her Next Friend Her Next Friend
By Marcus Pan
All of this electro this and techno that and
who knows what's being created by a person and what is being sampled and
tracked by some inhuman computer somewhere with an 8 year old pushing the
buttons on a track mixer, hmm? Well...here's a treat for those of you that long
for the good old fashioned days. Solid, guitar rock with introspective lyrics
and a bit of stoner style but not so much that you need to be tripping to like
it. It's barbecue season here in Joisey, kiddies it's time to blast the
Enter Her Next Friend from norther Virginia. Cranking up the
blues, garaging the punk and simply smacking the modern mainstream with fervor,
the 8 year old electro kiddies can't touch good old fashioned blues laced rock
'n roll baby. Lead by John Whitfield Burton, previously a U.S. Army officer
(thanks man!), this five song self-titled EP is energy filled and raw.
With the Reed-like vocals of Cats in the Garage to
the baritone croonings of Days Worth Living For, Burton may not be the
best singer I've ever heard but he doesn't have to be. His guitar speaks for
him well enough with fast paced, catchy riffs perfect for air guitaring to
monster solos in virtually every track. Power ballad Handwritten Message
infuses shades of Bruce Springstein without the beer-drinking glory days
I really dig Her Next Friend. It's a good summer soundtrack
arriving just in time. Pure rock 'n roll none of the additives. I'd like
to see more of his work. I'd also like to hear him and, say, Mike Comfort(1)
get together. They'll remind the whole world what rock 'n roll is about if that
were to happen.
Post: PO Box 231, Catlett, VA, 20119, USA
Phone: (540) 788-9832
(1) Mike Comforts Free was
reviewed in Legends #149.
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