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CD Review: The 71s “We Are The Seventy Ones”

The 71sGiving you songs that bring back the sound and feel of Glam and running through the style of today’s bands like Jet, The 71s have a sound that features a lot of energy and make you wish more bands from today still cared about making “real” rock and roll. Taking the listener through many different feelings in their music, The 71s have created a very solid release with We Are The Seventy Ones.

The 71s are a four-piece rock band from Houston, Texas made up of singer/guitarist Keeton Coffman, guitarist/vocalist Ryan Cecil, bassist/vocalist Jacob Lisenbe and drummer Tank Lisenbe. The band’s music is described as “anthem-sized songs”. That really is a good way of putting a feel to what the band is about. The four musicians in the band really do seem to care about making rock and roll that has both energy and real talent in the music that makes up each song that the band creates.

Right from the start of We Are the Seventy Ones, the band gives you plenty of power and energy in their music and they never seem to back down. That is most evident with the band’s first track on their new album, “Blue Blood”. With a sound that seems like part Black Keys/ part White Stripes, the listener gets some very good rock and roll that kicks the album off on the right foot.

The album contains many rocking songs. “Waves” is a song that seems to takes a lot of influence from The Rolling Stones. With a sound that would remind a lot of people of the music from The Stones at their best, “Waves” has a strong interaction between Coffman and Cecil as they create the music on their guitars.

The song “Adeline” is another track that features strong guitar action. But it’s the beat of the song that is the biggest draw of the song. With this song, the band makes it difficult to sit still.

With the piano-based “10,000 Miles,” the band quickly changes the pace of the album. It’s the piano and organ that help to make a song that would easily fit on any Album-Oriented Rock station. The song will have you thinking of songs from Five for Fighting. The song alternates between passionate and more rockin’. It makes for a great tune.

The feel of the passionate lyrics from “10,000 Miles” continues on the next track of “Taken”. And although the song features those passionate lyrics, the music of the song is another chance for the listener to get up and move. “Taken” has a chorus that is very catchy and can have singing along with the song.

The lyrics “I’m Black and Blue” from “Taken” seem to lead into the next track,“Victimology”. It is with this song that the album takes a sudden dark turn: The lyrics about being drawn into a relationship that he can’t escape works well with the slightly dark, Trent Reznor-like music of the track. The song also features a strong beat that will make you move along to the beat.

The 71s take a break from the heavy rock and roll that occupies the majority of the album on the song “Heaven”. With this track, the band takes on a sound that resembles rock music back in the 70s. The band even takes some time to create a song that features lyrics with a very strong meaning. The organ on the track really adds that type of familiarity of that comes from music from that decade. The resulting track is one of the best songs on the album and shows off the musicianship of everyone while making you move to the rhythm of the song and tugging at your heart at the same time.

We Are the Seventy Ones from The 71s comes to an end with the song “Monsters”. The last track takes the same idea and gives you two different views of it. With the two songs, it’s difficult to say which one is the better of the two. But it does make for a great end to a strong and solid release from a rock band who keeps the idea of real rock and roll alive.

Along with the songs and musicianship of The 71s, one of the highlights of We Are the Seventy Ones comes with the package. The artist Ashley Ward took some of the emotion she felt while listening to the songs from The 71s and put that passion into her art that can be found on the packaging of the album. For more information on Ashley Ward and her art for the album, check out the article on it HERE.