Shift Seven is a tight power rock trio from Central PA. They have been together in one form or another for more than a decade. The constant has been Terry Gayhart and Keith Myers. When Rich Boltz took over the percussion section, the band really jelled and this new studio release is testament to the magic of finding the right collaborators. It was all recorded in 1 1/2 days at Saturation Acres by Brent Alexander (of The Badlees). Brent also played B-3 organ on 'Love in a Bottle' and 'Hughes Blues'. The sound is blues rock based in the vein of Cream, Led Zepplin and Hendrix or as one review said, "Phish with more balls..."
One unique thing about Shift Seven is how the sound and song writing changes with each tune due to the habit of Terry and Keith sharing the guitar, bass and lead vocal duties. All three have their own take on song writing. It's like having four bands in one. It's like the Beatles... without the screaming girls... or gobs of money and fame.. or British accent... with one less member. It's all Rock but with many, many sub-genres. They go where the song takes them and it all sounds like the inside of there heads. People find it hard to remove the CD from their stereo... you will see.
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REVIEWS FROM MUSICIANS AROUND THE WORLD:
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Opening groove so funky it stank for a week in my room! Vocals are so nasty I couldn't let my little girl listen. Come on this groove kills. No minors please this is grown up music here! 21 and over and it is time to taste the pleasure of the maturation of a guitar player thowing licks out that are so tasty you will be liking your chops for weeks. Give us some more please!
- The David Samuel Project from Portland, Oregon on 26Jan2008
Jeff Healy meets Whitesnake...
We got a very bluesy rock song hear that I really enjoyed listening to. To me it sounds like Jeff Healy hooked up with Whitesnake to make this song. I say that because i have limited references, and it's a blues rock pop mix, with some ripping lead guitar and mean dirty guitar tones. The structure and melody also add the classic rock feel to the blues foundation, keeping in mind a pop sensibility. This one is an easy listen check it out.
- Brian J Ballard of The Reckless Abandoned from Los Angeles, California on 25Jan2008
From the start it grooves...
Nice balance and tones start off a true blues rock original.
Solid interaction with all band members
I dig the vocals and guitar weaving.
Drummer is on top - solid, in fact you might turn up the drums just a bit for more of a driving beat
just my take
Good song, good musicians
Great break and tone againn
- Dennis Lore Band from Upstate, New York on 24Jan2008
--------------LOVE IN A BOTTLE----------------
I heard the song three times before i wrote a word here.
I don’t think this song needs a review, i think these guys need a record deal soon.
But here goes to nothing:
Neat intro, classy vocals, tight execution. The organ gives the right touch and the bass and the sweet Strat.
Great production. What can I say?!
And a "in the pocket" solo to end off a good listening experience.
Nothing over done. Just right.
- Aniket Bandekar of Psychacid from Hyderabad, India on 12Jan2008
Blues Rock Defined...
Very bluesy and well crafted. I was impressed by how true to the genre the song stayed. Not trying to reinvent the wheel here. This is blues rock. A Strat, bass, drums, a Hammond and a reference to booze in the lyrics. What more could you ask for?
- Patrick Maurer of Underground Press from Virginia Beach, Virginia on 11Jan2008
I love this recording. There is real talent evident here, and the vocals are perfectly whiskey torn and gritty, but still enough softness to carry the tune through.
I must say in the chorus the vocals get a little muddy and inaudible, but overall this is an excellent song, and it really shines though a cultured musician.
- Ivan Kovax of We Are The Radio from Tokyo, Japan on 9Jan2008
-----------------KING OF LIES-------------
A sweet song!
This kinda reminds me of "For All The Cows" by the Foo Fighters. The lead vocals were great for this type of song; deep and gritty. The lead guitar was also very slick, although I think you could have made a bit louder. The drums could have also been a bit louder but overall this is a great song!
- James Wright of Gâchette from Thornton, Lancashire, United Kingdom on 4Mar2008
Great opening riff!!
25 seconds into the song I am already thinking of who you sound like. Queens of the Stone Age and ZZ Top come to my mind immediately. The drums provide a great beat to the song. The riff is similar to Thin Lizzy and gives a great Classic Rock melody to the song, not unlike some of Led Zepplin's material. It is a short song, possibly a bit to short. The vocals are probably why this track reminds me of Queens of the Stone Age. They are also similar to Chris Rea. Good song overall!
- Kevin Reynolds of Deetour from from Funshaughlin, Ireland on 2Feb2008
Classic rock with a slice of blues topping a regular riff that made me rock in my chair whilst wishing i was at a bar playing pool with this as my soundtrack.
- Kevin Colby of Ashburner from Durban, Kwa-Zulu Natal, South Africa on 26Dec2007
Excellent nod to the master of the genre, the sultry vocals are right on the money with each inflection, the guitar tone a perfect match, loved the funk and your solo had that subdued, almost delicate feel you rarely hear anyone catch. Impressed with the way the drums are coming through, especially for a live recording. Snaky basswork completes the package, a very good song and a most enjoyable listen - twice!
- vernalequinox from Tulsa, Oklahoma on 18Apr2008
Alrighty Its LIVE I can Tell ..
Drums start Electric guitars kick in .. Sexy Male Vox slides into gear and Im singing along ..
Yep I Love iT Great Gritty Raw and Just an Awesome Band .. Tight and Hot what more could I ask for .. You Deliver Boys .. Hell Yeah ...
- Kat_Speel from Brisbane, Queensland, Australia on 7Apr2008
Jimmy Would Be Proud...
Power Trio's Love'em. Great job all the way around. Drummer sounds good and tight with the bass player. I'd like to hear a Groove/Pocket tune. What separates the men from the boys in my opinion is the ability to hold back and stay in that pocket. The vocals are a little too much Jimmy and not enough "you" sounding to me.
- jmartianman from Martinez, Georgia on 18Apr2008
Ah sonic quality! I love a good recording to listen to. Lead vocals are smooth as butter with good control over his phrases. Shows good passion with ability to hit minor thirds with ease. Guitars play what is needed. Every note is meant to be played. Lead takes his time developing the phrase. Bass lays down the foundation for the song to stand while the drummer is tight, tight , tight. Precision, a machine, a internal clock.
- d777samuel from Portland, Oregon on 5Feb2008
Well recorded and well performed...
A very professional sounding tune. Tight rhythm section. The drummer is solid and the bass player plays well with him. The bass players tone is a little active sounding for my taste but he is a good player. The guitars have great tone and the player knows where he belongs in the song. There is no fighting for the spotlight. Well done. I am a sucker for organ and I was not let down on that front.
- UndergroundPres from Virginia Beach, Virginia on 26Jan2008
Finally, someone who cares about how they sound. This is obviously a professionally recorded song. Drums sound great and the keys add a lot to the tune. The bass player is a bit busy and his tone detracts from the earthy tone of the band. Don't get me wrong, he can play but I think a passive bass would suit the vibe a bit better. The guitar player has great tone and can play the instrument very well and his tone is right on. All in all, this track shines. Keep it up.
- IrishKreme from North Haven, Connecticut on 27Jan2008