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The Lonely H
Concrete Class
TCG Records


If you've opened [concerts] for the 2 most popular sets of brothers, the Allman Brothers and Doobie Brothers, then it's pretty apparent not only the level of talent you possess but the fact that your music will appeal to many generations. Well for this current generation, that band goes by the name of The Lonely H. With the average age of the members coming in under 25, you have to question how they seem to channel a style of music beyond their years. Pulling influences from Johnny Cash and Queen, you can already formulate what kind of experience you're in for.

With "Cold Blues" there's an excellent percussion section set to the rhythm of, appropriately enough, a gallop. Between that and the doo-wop harmonies, this song is full of that energy that would set the stage for a great show. With "White Horse Tears" the music's mixing some the classic rock with a perfect blues melody. The lyrics are slow and full of despair. And the guitar is soulful and simplistic. If the Allman Brothers were reincarnated and from Port Angeles, then they would be playing "Diggin' A Hole" by TLH. The sound is so similar it's scary. Yet there's never a moment where one would question whether this music is original. And the best part is the saxophone, which comes bursting out mid-way through.

From track "Phoenix" down to "Girl From Jersey" the tone steps in a slightly different direction, towards that of the rock legends The Eagles. The tracks come with a stronger guitar influence, higher octave vocals, and love influenced lyrics. "Strike A Chord" is different even still from the rock we've been listening to, as this one's really a bit more Chicago-ness. It's full of uplifting chords, pleasant harmonies and a guitar that would be extremely fun to play on Rock Band. After your 5:51 journey, you're left refreshed and happy and probably with a few lyrics conveniently stuck in your head.

If the fashions from the '70s and '80s can come back, why can't the music? There is a reason why the Brothers did so well and perhaps The Lonely H has figured that out. They've got a style of music that has the formula for long life.

-Rachel Fredrickson

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