Friday, November 13, 2015

Album Review: 'YAY!' by Adam Darowski

Title: YAY! (BandCamp, Amazon, iTunes, CD Baby)
Artist: Adam Darowski (Official, Twitter, Dribble, BandCamp, CD Baby)

In the mid to late 1990s, Adam Darowski fronted the indie punk band Ego Booster. The band called it a day in 2000 and Darowski recorded a few solo tracks before setting music aside in 2004 for parenting and adulthood. Late in 2014, Darowski decided to dust off his guitar and give the writing music thing another go and started crafting and recording what would become his excellent full-length solo debut YAY!. Fueled by his new home in New Hampshire and new influences of Beach Slang, Iron Chic, and Mike Krol, Darowski has produced nine exceptionally catchy and infectious punk meets indie power pop tunes. From the opening chords of “All My Axes Are Exes” to the closing distortion of “Breakdown” YAY! is the perfect mixture of pop sensibility, early '90s indie guitar crunch, big hooks, and lyrics that are as clever as they are insightful. In other words, imagine Blue Album era Weezer jamming with Beach Slang and J Church. The result is something special. Plus any artist that pays homage to Beach Slang's James Alex in song is okay by me. This is a hell of a debut; let's hope that Darowski doesn't wait another 10 years to make another one because I can't wait to hear what he does next. 

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