Review of Tyler Denning Band’s ‘The Right Way’
It amazes me sometimes how talented my friends are; just yesterday I released a brand new track from one of my best friends, which he made in his LA closet of a room, and today I’m honored to review the new EP for a dear friend, Tyler Denning. Tyler and I became friends back in my college days, as we both played in bands, and there was always that mutual respect. Both bands were playing music they loved, drinking cheap beer and idolizing the rock star status we all thought we had. Well, Tyler doesn’t have to idolize anymore as he is reaching that status in real life. Tyler Denning Band’s new EP ‘The Right Way’ is going to be released at their show tonight at The Side Bar. If you’re in Tallahassee, have 20 bucks for booze, five bucks for the album and want to listen to some good music, you better be there. The album starts out with the jangly jam “The Right Way” and I love the first line, “I got music in my coffee cup, every morning when I get up.” It sets the song up so well, the right way, if you will. Tyler’s “Donavon Frankenreiter-esq” tone in his voice makes me want to wake up on the beach with a cup of coffee/beer/mimosa and breathe in that salty air. The next song “Make Me Wanna Learn” starts out with an upbeat guitar riff but what I really love are the crunchy fills in between. You can really see the talent and how versatile Tyler is on the guitar. Probably my favorite is next with “College Town”. This is “Coastal Soul” people! And, the harmonica, it’s perfect. If this doesn’t remind you of college, or just plain having fun and drinking cold ones, well, then you probably went to UF. Sorry, had to throw a little burn in there. But, seriously, this is groovy and has such a chill, laid back vibe; I hope it warms up in New York so I can put a tan on my legs listening to it. An almost reggae, sultry sounding jam in “Human Nature” really mixes their style and the bass line is where it’s at. The seductive imagery is uncanny and would love to see a music video made. Get on it, boys. The album ends with “On My Own” and there is a line where Tyler says he’s “fucking up and fucking around”, but my man, you’re not with the music. This is a great album. I think you portrayed your style and exactly what you’re trying to do perfectly. I couldn’t be more proud to call you a friend and can’t wait to see where The Tyler Denning Band takes us. Congratulations to you and the whole band!