Detroit based guitarist, Randy Brewer, got in touch with me, and I was glad he did. He sent me his self-titled album, and it rocks. Don’t know about him Shockwaveland? Well, he is a Detroit musician who has been writing original music for years whose influences range from Carlos Santana to Slash. His self-titled album, out since 2016 mind you, is eleven songs chock full of rockers and features three female vocalists.
“Mesmerized” starts things off; a slow, bluesy rocker with lead vocals by Jayme Orr. His guitars compliment Orr’s fluid vocals quite well. “Never Be Mine,” also sung by Orr, is an up-tempo, almost power-pop song. The third song, “Can’t Fake It,” is a rocker sung by Maria Montoya, the second vocalist on this album. This song had a ‘missing persons’ feel to it, but more edgy and with a lot more guitar.
A welcomed surprise to me was the third vocalist on this album, Christina Chriss; who recently released an album with her band Kaleido, which Shockwave reviewed as well. Here she sings a cover of AC/DC’s “Highway To Hell” and Pat Benatar’s “Heartbreaker.”
My favorite track on here is “Move On,” sung by Montoya, which also has an accompanying video. This song has 80’s written all over it and it flat out rocks hard. Montoya, like her DVD interview states, “is a no-holds barred, exquisitely emerging singer that has a strong and powerful voice.” Brewer’s guitars throughout the whole album are very good and I can hear why he is exceptional guitar player.
You can get this disc on Amazon.com and on Randy Brewer’s webpage, www.randybrewerentertainment.com.