Just by listening to The Disparrows recent release Making Others Rich you can make a very educated guess that these guys are from LA and listened to other hard rock bands from LA that sprung up in the 80’s and 90’s. Fans of bands like Mötley Crüe, LA Guns and Dire Straights will not want to pass this one up. Their album contains 11 solid songs of hard rock that adhere to a high aesthetic. The production is nothing short of stellar and the songs are ones that you can turn on at your next party or enjoy in the middle of your work day.
Forming in 2010 the band has quickly created a chemistry that was apparent on their self-titled album and solidified with Making Others Rich. These guys play well together and not only in that they are all technically accomplished musicians but in the way they show restraint to better the songs and to know when to push.
The album jumps at you right away with “Detroit City.” It has a classic feel to it. Mixing elements of hard rock and blues with an anthemic chorus, Weber the vocalist chants “Downtown Detroit” in a way that makes you want to join him. “All The Same” utilizes 80’s sounding synths that will remind you of Dire Straits while “Cry To Me” has an infectious piano that works well with vocals. “Blackbird” isn’t a Beatles cover but instead is the first introspective ballad type song the band tries and pulls off. The drums sound huge - like they are being played in a concert hall - and Weber covers his voice in melancholy. And how could you leave out the lead guitar part that reminded me of some of the lead work Slash used to do for Guns N’ Roses.
They revert to good time rock and roll with “Come The Morning Time” and “High Tonight.” “Lose It All” has some wicked organ and a memorable lead vocal line. The band closes with “ A Little Bit Longer,” which reaches for nostalgic, grand heights. It’s a big closer that ends with a bang.
The Disparrows aren't incredibly original but they can write a good tune that you may want to hear again. There are a number of solid songs on this album that fans of hard rock will embrace.
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