Adam McIntyre ĖIn Stereo
You are probably now listening to an advance copy of Adam McIntyreís first solo record. This album has been on the way for a long time, beginning when Adam started recording home demos almost ten years ago. Some of these song ideas started in former bands, but it never truly gelled until he stepped onstage as an artist in his own right and started playing his songs the way he wanted them to be played. "Alex and Zach are absolutely the best rhythm section Iíve ever had, they listen to me, but most importantly they listen to each other. This record would have been impossible to conceive of without them," Adam remarks in between playbacks. Weíre listening to rough mixes. These recordings of mostly brand-new songs sound both earthy and polished, thanks to the method of recording. "I produced the basic tracks myself, recording in Alexís house. I wanted to get a fun, live sound on the record."
There would have been little point in doing an overblown, overproduced record at this point for the Adam McIntyre Band. Formerly whittled down to an impressively tight power trio, they needed a very live-sounding album. "This is exactly the way we sound, any embellishments we did were just too irresistible to not do!" So the results are the fun, rocking out CD youíre about to hear. Outstanding tracks include the Americana-tinged "Friend Or Lover", the dramatic (and orgasmic!) "Cold", an updated and even poppier "Too Far Gone" (McIntyreís former band Superhype also recorded it), the 70ís glam of "Tuesday Street" and "Kids" and the irresistible Big Star nod that ends the album, "So Good Together".
A veteran guitarist, McIntyre began to work hard on his singing and songwriting roughly five years ago. Sometimes dubbed a "guitar hero," Adam still surprises rock and pop fans alike with his solos, which he seems to rip from the air with ease. Donít look for a lot of guitar playing, this isnít a "guitar record," the kind of badly-written-excuse-for-an-overplayed Ėguitar-solo album that gets great write-ups in guitar magazines. This is a rock record for pop fans. Or a pop record for rock fans. It is both stripped-down rock and polished 70ís Glam. If youíre scanning this bio for influences, here they are: The Kinks, The Move, ELO, T-Rex, Mott The Hoople, Cheap Trick, Big Star, Queen, Led Zeppelin, and acts as diverse as Duane Jarvis and Stevie Ray Vaughan. "Iím a Jellyfish, Jason Falkner and Imperial Drag nut. Iím also a big fan of early 70ís rock, 60ís pop, early blues and even a lot of 80ís stuff like The Cars, though picking those influences out of my music might be difficult. Iím just trying to make good, un-pretentious pop rock records as well as I can. "
"Great to hear some rock and roll! I hadnít heard it in a while." Ė Duane Jarvis
Adam & co. have been doing lots of live shows lately. Taking a break after the demise of Superhype proved both detrimental and invigorating at the same time. "I had lots of time off to work on writing new songs and figuring out who I am as a writer and a person. I stopped trying to write bad complicated songs and started trying to write good simple songs. I'm a lot better at that!" "But the fan base of my old band didnít know what had happened to me Ė Iíd been gone for a long time, most of them probably graduated college and moved away, so the first few shows were tough." But thanks to consistently putting on a great live show full of upbeat songs, the audience began to emerge. Nashville roots-rock/americana act (and Do-It-Yourself role model) Duane Jarvis was surprised at what he heard at his first Adam McIntyre Band show; "Itís great to hear some rock and roll! Maybe Iíve been walking down the wrong streets, but just I hadnít heard it in a while." Fans often leave his shows with renewed enthusiasm for real rock and roll. McIntyre doesnít wear a backward baseball cap and he doesnít scream obscenities at the crowd. Nor does he pose and primp. Heís as likely to wear his hair long as he is to cut it all off. What does he do then? He jumps around, he plays guitar, and he makes the crowd laugh with his wry sense of humor. Then he jumps around some more. Somewhere in there he also sings and plays some of the finest powerpop made since before The Who got old. "If I canít get the crowd excited, I havenít done my job. A lot of people tell me they couldnít get to sleep after they saw one of my shows, and well... neither can I! Iím honestly quite happy to have a lot of fun onstage and literally FORCE the people there to have fun with me. My job is to make people forget their problems and just rock out." Yes, after a year like 2001 where you couldnít go outside without sharks, hijacked planes or anthrax trying to kill you, it is indeed a bit refreshing to just have a bit of fun. McIntyre warns that his next record is almost halfway written, and itís a bit deeper. "Those songs I wrote toward the end ("Cold", "So Good Together") kind of foreshadow the next album. Theyíre darker, deeper... and better I think. My stuff will still be poppy, but I always gravitate back toward more serious stuff. Hell, I dunno! Iíve been thinking about doing an EP between now and the next album of all very melodic 60ís garage rock type stuff, kinda like what The Strokes and The White Stripes are doing now. Only more fun, recorded all at once, and more Kinks-influenced. Total in-your-face rock and roll 60ís punk for like five songs. Or maybe I should just worry about getting this first record out!"