Album Review: SYNRGY (Summertime EP)
Gale Force Album Rating:
- 1) Summertime
- 2) Red Dragonfly
- 3) Maybe Tomorrow
- 4) Rabbit Hole (Acoustic Version)
- Brian Zach – Vocals / Keyboard
- Joshua Clark – Guitar
- Henry Lopez – Bass
- Eric Garcia – Drums
Formed in Flagstaff, Arizona in 2007, Synrgy fuses reggae, rock, funk, ska, and hip-hop grooves with conscious lyrics depicting the state of our nation, relationships, love, dreams, and the journey of everyday life. Since relocating to the pacific northwest in late 2008, Synrgy has toured the western United States relentlessly, gaining a strong following of listeners through their highly-charged live show! For music, tour dates, and other info. please visit www.synrgyband.com. Catch SYNRGy at The 7th Annual California Roots Music and Arts Festival May 27th – 29th in Monterey Ca 2016. For more info and tickets click HERE
With three LP’s and two EP’s under their belt, and a big collaboration project on the way, reggae act SYNRGY continues to establish itself in the West Coast music scene. With roots ranging from Arizona to Humboldt County in NorCal, the band constantly pushes itself beyond straight-forward reggae to explore influences of ska, soul, contemporary, rock and more.
The band’s “Summertime EP” (released in 2014) brings the listener through a short but musically diverse sonic journey to get a taste of both SYNRGY and summer. The opening “Maybe Tomorrow” is as much funk as reggae, with its staccato rhythms, punchy keys and fast-paced vocals. “Rabbit Hole” then takes a sharp left turn and gives a strong sincere acoustic performance complete with crooning vocals and soothing harmonica. “Red Dragonfly” brings it back to traditional reggae next, with a laid-back vibe and minimal instrumentation. Closing track “Summertime” brings some clearly—surprise—summer-time vibes with it’s chilled-out reggae descriptive lyrics, and easily singable chorus.
SYNRGY finds the devious line between bringing laid-back reggae and soul, but with enough energy and sincerity to keep the listener engaged.
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