No Range is a one man band, the musical project of Anthony Grybinas. Influenced by both ‘90s alternative groups and more modern surf-punk styles, No Range embodies the bright and breezy vibe of the west coast. The band’s debut album Summer Never Ends was recorded in Grybinas’ own home studio, and the collection of five original songs displays both his skill in songwriting and his talent in performance.
Distorted, warbling electric guitars open the album in “Youth” before the track transitions to a full-fledged punk rock anthem. Crisp percussion, throbbing bass and screaming guitars surround Grybinas' vocals as he belts out melodic lyrics to complement the rest of the instrumentation, keeping the energy high.
“Coast” continues the laid back, yet driving, atmosphere with a catchy electric guitar riff that repeats throughout the track. Grybinas’ vocals pan across the soundscape, adding an additional layer of intrigue to the song. The next song, entitled “Blue” is based on a more experimental style and revolved around a looping chord progression with various accompanying instruments and vocals peppered throughout.
The bouncing bass line is crucial in the sound of “Neon” as it fits in perfectly with the crashing cymbals, relentless power chords, and layered vocals and vocal harmonies. This song features conventional chord progressions with Grybinas’ musical personality still being revealed within the lyrics and vocal delivery.
The record comes to a close with “Sunshine” an aptly-named beach rock ballad that showcases, once again, Grybinas' penchant for utilizing lo-fi music to clearly express himself. After a false ending, the song continues on for a solid half minute, leaving listeners with the impression that No Range is not finished with musical endeavors. Overall, Summer Never Ends is extremely catchy, accessible and enjoyable to listen to - in other words, a complete success.
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