Review of Rock duo, John & Brittany new EP Stories To Be Told; “Engaging and Radio Worthy”
By: Don of Don411.com
Coordinated by: Shoshie Aborn | Big Picture Media, www.bigpicturemediaonline.com
When I was first presented with John & Brittany (John Faye and Brittany Rotondo) “Paper Planes” (official music video) I could almost hear some 80’s rock bands in John’s voice, The Cars’ Ric Ocasek and the lead singer, Donnie Vie from Enuff Z’Nuff “New Thing”. The call out was designed to be a compliment, because John has the voice that lends itself well for what they are trying to accomplish. I can envision John & Brittany hitting the terrestrial airwaves and certainly SiriusXM Radio stations more often than not. The band has full control of their instruments and absolutely no indication of being being an amateur garage band. They have the quality to be opening acts that can warm up crowds and can headline venues for sure. It is obvious John enjoys what he does because it appears effortless
on his part. Even though we don’t hear Brittany in the songs, the lyrics are hers through poetry written; John made the music to match. So, Brittany can be considered the lyricist.
What is nice, the entire band is able to provide slight different musical style variations and still not deviate entirely from their
their core talent:
“St. Valentine” – Catchy song and fun to listen to.
“Start Sinning” – Music really compliments the lyrics.
“Zzzoloft” – Sounds a little like ska!
“Gas Mask Queen” – Very tight music-wise.
“Dirty Little Magazine” – Kinda like heavy blues and rock.
“Paper Planes” – The video highlights the talent of both John & Brittany and their band.
“Woe” – Guitar dominates and voice compliments.
“El Gato” – Conga in Rock and Spanish Guitar, who would have thought?
“Survive” – Smooth to listen to and edgy.
“Tommys Not A Widow” – We determined that indeed, Tommy is not a widow.
“Mississippi Fred” – This is soundtrack material for MTV late night mischievous cartoons.
“Cigarillo” – Perfect roll of the r’s, sounds very Spanish on occasion.
“Queen of Mean” – Voice works nicely with guitar lead.
“Devil’s Allure” – Flows nicely.
Overall, great EP. My take? Engaging and radio worthy.