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Runaway
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Back in 2014 our commander-in-chief here at RockEyez, Brian Rademacher did a review of TEMPT ’s EP and subsequently followed up with an interview from guitarist Harrison Marcello (www.youtube.com/watch?v=57xkCSJd6yY). At the time the band had hoped to follow up with their debut full-length album soon after but they took their time looking for the right avenue and hopefully have found that with the UK’s Rock Candy label. Primarily known as re-issue label they took the chance after hearing TEMPT’s music and being impressed enough to take this young band under their wing. In June of this year their full-length debut entitled “Runaway” was finally released and they have been playing around their hometown of New York City to help spread the word. I was finally able to catch the band at a recent NJ show opening for the Dan Reed Network in a rare US concert for the funk rockers. I was really impressed with TEMPT’s sound and after talking with Brian, he was able to secure a copy of “Runaway” so we could review it here at RockEyez.

“Runaway” features fourteen throwback-sounding rock tracks that will have you fondly remembering the good old days of 80’s hard rock that grew from the gutters of the Sunset Strip to become a staple for a generation or rockers who just wanted to have fun with their music and lives. TEMPT have captured that sound much like fellow NYC cohorts STATION who I would put in the same category. They are a young band who seemingly have it all figured out in the songwriting department and know how to have fun with music all over again. The band’s sound is not solely planted in the 80’s as they bring modern touches and even some great poppier choruses to the table too but it’s all well done none the less.

The opening song on “Runaway” features a wall of vocals with “Comin’ On To You” and has a total Sunset Strip vibe of the mid-80’s complete with slinky lyrics that could have made their way across the airwaves of MTV and radio back in the day. In vocalist Zach Allen I hear shades of Ron Taylor from LILLIAN AXE and the band actually has some songs that would fit very nicely onto the LILLIAN AXE debut from 1988. “Under My Skin” features some big time backing vocals with a toughened guitar sound, yet the band retain a commercial edge to the music. “Paralyzed” continues with shades of the early to mid-80’s hard rock sound and an extremely poppy chorus that gets stuck in your head. “Use It Or Lose It” is more of the same with a DOKKEN-esque tone in the guitar as well as the backing vocal department all the while retaining a commercial edge. Harrison Marcello is a talented guitarist and shows off some of that skill on this track. The title track “Runaway” is a mid-tempo rocker brought to the forefront with great vocals from Allen. “Aamina” is a track that was featured on the bands EP and it was carried over to the full-length because it’s a killer track with shades of the aforementioned LILLIAN AXE. It is a track that has it all from good song structure to great vocals to awesome guitar work. The band flexes their muscle on “Sapphire” as they speed things up on this full-throttle rocker with awesome guitar work from Marcello. I’d love to know what Marcello and other guys like Chris Lane from the previously mentioned STATION had in their baby formula because these guys could seriously be included in the same conversation as 80’s icons like George Lynch, Warren DeMartini and the like. It just brings you back to the arena rocking good times and hearing that from a group of young musicians gives you some hope for an aging favorite genre. “The Fight” is an ultra-catchy track akin to TRIXTER with some AOR overtones. The LILLIAN AXE comparisons come back on “What Is Love”, albeit the more commercial sounding side of the band, but it is ultimately just another solid track in a record full of them. “Time Won’t Heal” is a ballad with poppy side brought highlighted by the chorus. “Love Terminator” and the following “Fucked Up Beautiful”, “Neuro-Child” and “Dirty One” toughen up the band’s sound with a more street-level feel and for all the bands Sunset Strip and poppy sounds earlier in the record it’s songs like these that show the band’s NYC edge and attitude which creates and good mix of melodic 80’s styles to sink your teeth into. 

TEMPT’s “Runaway” was a real pleasant surprise to me. The record has been out for a few months now and I almost missed the boat on these guys but I’m glad I didn’t. They will be opening for the legendary JOE LYNN TURNER at NYC’s Highline Ballroom at the end of November so be sure to check out them out one way or the other soon.

 


Band Lineup:
  • Zach Allen – Lead Vocals
  • Harrison Marcello – Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals
  • Nicholas Burrows – Drums
  • Max McDonald - Bass

 

Track Listing:
  1. Comin’ On To You
  2. Under My Skin
  3. Paralyzed
  4. Use It Or Lose It
  5. Runaway
  6. Aamina
  7. Sapphire
  8. The Fight
  9. What Is Love
  10. Time Won’t Heal
  11. Love Terminator
  12. F*cked Up Beautiful
  13. Neuro-Child
  14. Dirty One




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