Written by: Megan R Buck
The Singles are a three-piece out of L.A. by way of Detroit. Lead vocalist and guitarist Vince Frederick has seen the group through various artists before settling into a groove with bassist Max Goldman and drummer Nicky Veltman. Both artists provide additional harmonious vocals. Vince originally gained popularity in the late 90’s to early 2000’s in Detroit garage rock club scene. The Singles gained momentum before moving out to L.A. and are set to release their fourth full length album Sweet Tooth on July 14th by Sound Artifacts Music.
The band’s tagline on their Instagram, “Balls out heartache” aptly sums up the album. Unrequited love, wanting, and adoration are reoccurring themes throughout the well-versed, catchy, lyrics. The Singles deliver an easy going, laid back approach to rock and provide a glimpse into an era of music long since passed. Reminiscent of Roy Orbison, Buddy Holly and other classic sounds, Sweet Tooth had me daydreaming of nights at the drive-in, letterman jackets, and soda shoppes.
Tracks like “Masterpiece” and “Gone” show off beautiful and energetic guitars while, “Phone Call” gives drum breaks their time to shine. “Masterpiece” also slyly references Hemingway’s classic The Old Man and the Sea. Whether or not Vince’s muse in that piece was “Nicole” or “Dawn” is left to the imagination. In the battle between two loves, I suggest picking “Nicole,” for she is a little rougher around the edges. Providing a more modern sound in contrast with the album is “You’re the Only One” which emphasizes a stronger bass line. The gorgeous and well blended harmonies on it and “If You Want Me, You Can Have Me” make for two of my favorites. Alas, “Baby, It’s Over” provides a bold summary to the album’s subject matter. Darker tonal qualities in Vince’s vocals give a passionate send off along with lively riffs.
Initially looking at the album’s cover art by Ursula Glaviano, it would have you anticipating something more along the lines of psychedelic rock. Further inspection into The Singles’ Soundcloud bio gave their perspective an interesting juxtaposition to the title and sound.
“It shows a Leviathan (the band) coming out of the black waters to unleash its wrath (our new album).”
The Singles create a sound you don’t expect to find much these days and gave a fun reprieve to my day. My typical head nodding quickly turned pen tapping and then into full blown dancing in my spinning office chair. Sweet Tooth’s predecessor, Look How Fast a Heart Can Break (2014) broke the top 20 on the national Indie radio charts. Perhaps The Singles can do it twice with this well crafted, addictive treat.