The band Ray Wild has no one actually named Ray Wild in the band. The four-piece consisting of Jack Pritchett (vocals/rhythm guitarist), Tyler Stock (lead guitarist), Ari Shellist (bassist) and Tom Hipchen (drummer) have been together since 2013 and are barely out of high school. Their recent release Good Fortune is a demo quality release that showcases a talented band that still has a lot of room for growth. I can tell you right now this release would have been more effective if the sound quality was better. The band pulls off some heavy rocking but the boxy drums and narrow sound severely holds back the visceral impact.
The band tips their hat to bands like Led Zeppelin and Jimi Hendrix throughout the duration of Good Fortune. It’s obvious the drummer is into John Bonham and the band has a good fill of classic rock from the late sixties/early seventies.
Despite the lackluster recording quality it’s still apparent that Prichett has a great set of pipes. He sings with conviction and puts a lot of energy behind his delivery. Pritchett has quite a range and sounds especially good when he reaches for those high notes.
Some songs work better than others on Good Fortune. First up is the title track, which is straight up high-energy classic rock. Perhaps the oddest thing about the track is that it decreases in volume once the verse hits. It sounds as if there might be a ducking effect but it’s too noticeable.
The band isn’t always in the pocket as we hear at the beginning of “Clockwise.” All things considered “Clockwise” ends up being one of the most impressive songs on the album that contains some inventive bass parts and vocal harmonies. The other strong tracks are “Apollo” and “Walking Blind.”
Ray Wild has some skill but have some work ahead of them if they want to be competitive with the best music has to offer. If they can tighten up their sound and introduce some more original material they will be on to something.
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