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Dylan McGuire – Gravity (Or Lack Thereof)

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Exploding into life with a huge guitar riff, Dylan McGuire’s Gravity (Or Lack Thereof) kicks off with opening track ‘Sunny and 71’, a great slab of rock and roll that powers straight into the chorus before you’ve had a chance to catch your breath.

Heading straight on with ‘Changed’, there’s a late nineties feel to the guitars that is filled with nostalgia. On the first verse there are jangle-pop influences to be found, with soaring strings gliding though in the background. It’s on the chorus when the R.E.M. influences appear, with rich vocal harmories that give Michael Stipe and Mike Mills a good run for their money.

‘My New Wings’ is a more mid-tempo number, the layers of drums, bass, and palm-muted guitars starting things off nicely, before bursting into a noisier section with delayed arpeggios supporting a strong vocal melody.

On ‘Circus Friends’ there’s more palm muted guitars and a big chorus that wouldn’t be out of place on a Fountains Of Wayne record, while ‘Try To Stop Me’ is filled with delayed guitars and ‘woah-woah-woahs’, all classic indie rock fare.

‘Wear It On Your Sleeve’ offers some substantial rock crunch, with thoughtful lyrics, “You’ve got your head down / Counting the tiles / Won’t look them in the eye / Can’t crack a smile / Dodging their bullets / Is not on the cards / And you wonder /Why is this so hard”

Moving in a more grungey direction, ‘Tracy Likes’ has a bit more sludge and bathroom reverb, with minor notes thrown into the vocal melody. The track powers along with energy and a lot of bite, while ‘Chicaco’ goes a bit more classic rock with big distorted guitars leading into a gentle acoustic guitar part.

‘Parking Lot’ opens with a thumping bass line before the spluttering guitars leap into action with a strong riff, while ‘Maybe This Time’ plays with a range of guitar parts working together, sometimes battling for attention, other times supporting each other.

The concluding track on Gravity (Or Lack Thereof), ‘Jack Of All Trades’, sees Dylan McGuire’s vocal with more reverb, creating a fresh tone in comparison with the rest of the record. The track features a strong chorus to end the album on, with its jangling tambourine, and squealing guitar solos.

This is indie rock with one eye on the past and one fixed firmly on the road ahead.

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