The band has only been together for four years, but already, Buffalo’s Albrights are hitting serious creative peaks, both in concert and, based on recent activity, in the recording studio.
On Tuesday, the group – Joe Donahue III on vocals and keys; Brandon Barry on guitar and vocals; Matthew Crane on bass and vocals; and Dustin Herzberger on drums – will release a new single, in anticipation of the full-length release due in the spring. “Gotta be Your Own Friend” is a thrilling slab of power-pop that blends an ornate arrangement with huge, impactful hooks, strong vocal harmonies, and a blend of the camp and the killer that suggests an affinity with a favorite power-pop band of mine, the much-missed Jellyfish.
“Gotta be Your Own Friend” sounds world class, in no small part due to the fact that it was tracked here in town at GCR Studios, under the aegis of producer/engineer Justin Rose. I’ve yet to hear anything else from the forthcoming album, but if it’s as strong as this first single, I’m looking forward to having the opportunity to do so.
In the meantime, the Albrights will celebrate the release of “Gotta Be Your Own Friend” with a show at 10 p.m. Friday at Mr. Goodbar, 1110 Elmwood Ave. The show will boast a Halloween theme, and the Country Punk Extravaganza will share in the festivities. You can learn more about the Albrights through the band’s Facebook page.
Grace is as Grace does
A tip of the hat is certainly due to Western New York singer/songwriter Grace Stumberg, who has been touring extensively, working on her third solo effort, and is generally laboring tirelessly to further her career. Stumberg has been a part of Joan Baez’ touring entourage for several recent tours, working first as a guitar tuner, then as a harmony vocalist and occasional show-opener for Baez. Most recently, Stumberg has been in Muscle Shoals, Ala., working with guitarist Will McFarlane on her new disc, which sees release in November. You can sample some of Stumberg’s wares via Gracestumberg.com.
Feeding the Dead
The final Food Truck Tuesday of the season takes place at Larkin Square this week, beginning at 5 p.m. In addition to the usual assortment of vendors-on-wheels, the farewell FTT will boast a Halloween theme, and will feature area Grateful Dead tribute band Workingman’s Dead re-creating the Dead’s 1990 Rich Stadium show in its entirety. Admission is free.
Billy and the boys
Buffalo’s own Billy Sheehan – widely regarded as one of the finest rock bassists of his generation – will debut his latest project, the Winery Dogs, with a show at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Hard Rock Café, 333 Prospect St., Niagara Falls. The band is a hard rock supergroup, featuring former Dream Theatre drummer Mike Portnoy and virtuosic guitarist/vocalist Richie Kotzen. The band will appeal to fans of classic power trios with its soulful blend of meaty riffs, dynamic interplay, and stirring vocal harmonies. The debut Winery Dogs collection hit the streets in July, and if you’ve been waiting for Sheehan to return to the marriage of incredible instrumental chops and strong, hook-oriented songwriting he favored in Talas, you’d be well-advised to check it out. Tickets for Saturday’s show are $25, and can be found through Ticketweb.com.