Sometimes a real juicy pleasure comes out of the blue and such is the case with A Good Problem To Have the debut EP from Pennsylvanian alternative rock band Farley. Arguably it should not have been an unexpected joy as the band is the creation of singer/songwriter Tim Farley who was a member of the acclaimed hard rock band Pan.a.ce.a, but this is a completely different beast and sound to his former band. Farley combines rock and pop teased sounds to create songs which simply light up the ear and excite the heart with creative and intelligent and irresistible craft.
Tim Farley began writing songs for a solo album last year whilst Pan.a.ce.a was still seemingly going strong with plans ahead. It was a shock to him when the band disbanded but it spurred him on to dive into recording his first solo release. For the release which was written and produced by Bret Alexander and Tim Farley, guitarists Pat Flynn (Underground Saints) and Dustin Drevitch (Lemongelli), drummer Zhach Kelsch (Dive, Ajar), bassist Matt Jaffin (Pan.a.ce.a), and keyboardist Adam Tarin (Royal Benson), were brought in for the recording of the Kickstarter funded project. The result is a release in A Good Problem To Have, which just hits the sweet spot.
The rock pop contagion Hindsight starts things off and takes the heart and senses immediately into a soak of satisfying energetic enthusiasm. It is impossibly catchy which just gets more infectious the further into its heart you get so that by its end you have nothing less than addiction for its melodic caresses and boisterous enterprise. It is an undemanding but fully giving song littered with hooks and sonic guitar kisses which leave excited rapture in its wake, especially with its anthemic climax.
The EP shows variety and distinct flavours across its songs with the following Today the first example. Moving from the danceable enthusiasm of the first track the band turns to mellow textures and warm whispers for the second song. It is a gentle yet feisty sun which wraps tender hot arms around the senses whilst offering passionate caresses and hearty energies to ignite the pulse rate. Like the first it is not an over complicated song but one which meshes layers of emotion and sound with consummate skill. It does not quite reach the heights of its predecessor but such the quality of the opener it was on a losing wicket and easily leaves a real joy behind nevertheless.
Unforgettable pulls greater emotive powers out of its heart to be one of the biggest highlights on the superb release. Sounding like a hybrid of 3 Days Grace, Kingsize, and Sick Puppies, the song is a masterful fusion of sizzling melodies, addictive hooks, and delicious grace. The vocals of Tim Farley continue to shine and draw one deeper in to the songs and it is fair to say the EP shows him at his best and is his finest moment to date.
The best track on the EP comes with Fuel The Fire, a stomping rock n roll beast with a snarl to the vocals and intensity as well as an incendiary breath to the impressive guitar work and solo. With essences of Starving for Gravity and Volbeat with a splash of Calabrese, the track grabs the passions by the hand and takes them on a captivating cruise down heated rock roads lined with flaming melodic scenery. It is a song which you feel you know right away but only offers fresh and new magnetic pleasures to enjoy.
The release is completed by the country rock flavoured Waiting On Me, and the delightful Tiger Lily. The last is a sensational ballad which bewitches from first note to last musically and vocally and echoes the early songwriting triumphs of Elvis Costello. It is a brilliant end to an equally immense EP.
We may have lost Pan.a.ce.a, but the world has gained Farley, a completely different and on the evidence of A Good Problem To Have, greater proposition now and for the future. The band is working on their debut album and it just cannot come soon enough.
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