Hard Words in a Speakeasy
'Hard Words in a Speakeasy' reads like a handbook for bridging modern Americana with rock n'roll out of the garage... each song stands on it's own a a snapshot of unique, unfettered songcraft... Honest, unpretentious rock... - Jeff Shelton, Amplifier Magazine 'The album is a killer, start to finish; a full rack of meaty cuts with that vinyl-era soundthat never really goes out of fashion.' - Jason Meininger, West Coast Performer 'Reputation' brings a nervous post-punk energy to exactly the kind of descending riff the Kinks were all about that sunny afternoon on Dead End Street. And when they slow it down a bit and mellow out on a poppier song like 'Strange New Element,' they're even better, giving lead vocalist/songwriter Johnny Leitera all the room he needs to wrap his best Westerbergian pout around the story of a man who 'invented the something that led to the else/When his books got too heavy, he discovered a shelf.' Great lyrics, better vocals, with some nice guitar noise to distract you while the melody invades your brain and sets up shop. - Ed Masley, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.