Will McBride Group is a jazz-influenced pop/rock trio from Raleigh/Durham, NC, that have been together now for ten years. They recently released their fourth album entitled All In, which seamlessly blends genres into formidable pop songs that are easy to enjoy. The band definitely has some ‘70s influence with the most comparable being Steely Dan.
Perhaps the most impressive aspect of the band is the way they weave in transitions that you think might sound disparate but are seamless. Take for instance the song “Tell Me I’m Wrong.” The transition to a jazzy walking bass line wasn’t what I expected but it worked wonderfully. The bridge has a tinge of reggae and the lead guitar leans towards blues scales. Overall, an impressive concoction of structure that felt natural but original.
“Funkside” is indeed funky. It comes equipped with blaring horns, clean, slick guitar and a bass line that doesn't stay on one note for very long. Overall, some very impressive instrumental breakdowns that are quite pleasing to the ear.
After the band makes you dance they can make you relax as well. “If You Were Gone” has a relaxed, tranquil verse. It rides a cool wave and when the chorus comes it’s equipped with vocal harmonies that reminded me of the Bee Gee’s. Good jam, catchy vocal melodies.
“All In” has a bit more of that Steely Dan vibe I was talking about; a pretty straightforward rock/pop jam but nonetheless not a bad tune. I’m not sure why but when I was listening I kept on thinking this would be a band I would see playing a lounge on New Year’s. People dancing, drinking a little too much and requesting “Free Bird.” Anyhow, All In is a pretty slick, diverse record. The musicians are all on point and can write a worthy tune so check them out.
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