A NoHo Arts music review of Whitbeck’s “January 22” album.
Vancouver-based Whitbeck is an alternative rock band led by vocalist/guitarist Greg Whitbeck. “January 22” is their first full-length album as a band, and is a self-described homage to their hometown of Vancouver.
The band’s sound has a fierce driving soul, but Greg Whitbeck’s deep resonate voice gives a totally different aspect to every track. Combined with the walls of sound and the gorgeous lilting, high-energy guitars and solid emotional drums, the music is taken to another level entirely.
These guys clearly love to make music, but there’s a lot more going on here. There’s reason behind each song. A love of place, a connection to each other, a symbiotic rhythmic life to the music. Music at its best is an extension of our being, an expression of our purpose on this planet, a way to help each other through the hardest moments in our lives. These songs feel like that. They vibrate with longing and hope and regret and understanding and a very real search for self.
Whitbeck’s “January 22” is a great big warm echoing fire of an album. Every song thoughtful, each story told heartfelt and real. I loved it.
Full of dirty, blazing, consequential and beautifully sincere songs, sung with heart and played with an utter lack of fear.
The result is gorgeous and, for a first album, epic. Can’t wait for more from these guys! Love to see them live in L.A.!!
Favorite song? “Cinema” – because of course it is!
Musicians/Instruments: Greg Whitbeck: all studio instruments and programming
Whitbeck Live: Greg Whitbeck: vocals, guitars, piano
Sean Dillon: guitars, background vocals
Mario Loubert: bass, background vocals
Shiraz Mohammed: drums
*All music and lyrics by Greg Whitbeck
Producer(s):Greg Whitbeck of Tunecave Productions Inc.
Official Website: http://www.whitbeck.rocks
Artist Contact Email: email@example.com