CD Review: The Galaxies “Here We Go!”

3-2-1…blast off! The soundtrack to this rocket ride is filled with power pop influences dating all the way back to the 60s. The Galaxies are a modern AOR fan’s dream come true.

The Galaxies is the brainchild of Charlie Molinari (drums and percussion) and Bobby Cox (vocals, guitar). As Bobby explains, “We began to put the project together back in the fall of 2005. We had just been in a band together that had split up amicably. So, I mention to Charlie, hey, I have a few song ideas, wanna jam? We got together at a rehearsal hall here in Van Nuys…the first song we tried out that day was “Baby I Believe”. It was just one of those magic moments that happen with music sometimes, where the song just seemed to write itself. After the first take, we ended the song, and we both looked at each other and jumped up in the air saying, ‘That’s it! We gotta put a band together!’ The Galaxies were born! As the weeks rolled by, Charlie and I worked together writing the rest of the songs, hooked up with Will MacGregor (bass), and we were on our way.”

“Here We Go!” (2008) is nine track love letter, which I gather was largely written for a new bride. Let’s hope the honeymoon doesn’t end soon and continues to inspire more great tunes like these.

The Galaxies have masterfully captured the tone and style of 80s pop rock, with guitars that ring out like those of .38 Special or The Outfield. The Galaxies sound like they were just handed the AOR baton from REO Speedwagon…if I didn’t know better, I would have thought the vocalist (Bobby) was one of Kevin Cronin’s spawn.

The Galaxies launch us straight into the sun with the lead off track, “Here We Go Again,” propelled by guitars that crunch along like they belong on a Cheap Trick record. “You Promised,” a wedding song for the new millennium, sounds like something the guys from Abba might write for The Tories to perform. “Lost and Lonely” takes us back to the bright and poppy sounds of the 70s, and the mellow closing track, “An Ocean Between Us,” is reminiscent of something Kenny Loggins would have written on a Sunday morning. You get the idea…all the masters of power pop from the 60s to today are at the center of The Galaxies.

Back in July, The Galaxies performed at the 2008 International Pop Overthrow Festival in Los Angeles at Molly Malone’s Pub on Fairfax. This gig featured some notable friends of the band including David P. Johnson of Someday September on bass and Steve Davidson of The Modes on guitar. Currently, The Galaxies are still jammin’ and working out new tunes; they hope to have more gigs lined up after the holidays.

In the meantime, get over to CD Baby and take the “Galaxies – REO” challenge. Put on a blindfold, listen to “Baby I Believe” (track 3) and tell me you don’t hear Kevin Cronin! Seriously, The Galaxies have altered the space-time continuum and fused the best of power pop roots with modern rock…highly recommended.

The Galaxies on MySpace. Official site.


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