Dylan McGuire recently released his latest album Gravity (Or Lack Thereof), which was recorded with producer Brett Talley (of IKE). McGuire’s music often draws comparisons to classic alternative guitar pop (Elvis Costello, The Replacements, REM, etc.) featuring hooky melodies, a slightly left-of-center lyrical approach and a driving, raw rock sound. On the latest album, McGuire has also incorporated more ethereal guitar tones, inspired by the likes of U2 and Radiohead, dense vocal harmonies and nods to diverse influences such as grunge, Revolver-era Beatles and classic rock.
Dylan McGuire first gained notoriety in the mid-Atlantic regional music scene in the early 2000s with his band Broken Jones, whose independent release Better Days was put into rotation on modern rock FM radio in Philadelphia, Wilmington, Baltimore, and even Seattle. McGuire released his solo album Another Chapter in 2007, which also generated local interest and radio play. McGuire hit a home run in 2009 when a number of his tracks were featured prominently in TV broadcasts of then MLB Champion, Philadelphia Phillies.
This is straight ahead rock but with great melodies and power pop hooks. The album starts out on fire with “Sunny and 71” and continues with a similar pace throughout, for 11-tracks until the closing, “Jack Of All Tracks”.
This album is consistent in its emotional intensity and this fact is underlined both by its melodic energy and its lyrical strengths, which can be found in songs like “My New Wings” and “Wear It On My Sleeve”.
It is the combination of the raw emotion inherent in the lyrics, coupled with the consistency of McGuire’s melodic sensibilities and vocal talents, which make this album as emotionally-charged as it is. Also McGuire’s willingness to bare his soul, allows the songs to move listeners in a very distinct manner.
Walls of guitar sound, searing vocals and the melodies of each successive song picks up from the where the last song ended, leaving the listener with a powerful and cohesive experience.
All throughout Dylan McGuire’s songs are drenched with thick chords, chugging riffs and passionate vocals. This is highly recommended for anyone into great songwriting, rock guitars and great music!
Dylan McGuire knows his music; all you have to know is how to hit the play and repeat buttons!