- W.B. and The Geezers
Comprised of two Navarre Beach Florida musicians, Will Lake and Bill Crouch, W.B. and The Geezers is an eclectic Country band that has it's feet buried in the white sands of The Redneck Riviera. This crusty, but not rusty, band of musician's has decided to embrace the coming second childhood with instruments and drinks in hand. We were born in the 50's, turned 16 in the 60's, lived the 70's as 20 somethings and boogied the 80's away. Will Lake, The W, has seen the sunset from the top of the pyramids and the sunrise from the Great Wall of China. He has been working as a seagoing tourist and ship's officer since 1977. His love of writing poetry has translated itself into many of the lyric's of their2013 EP and their new CD. From the ridiculous ED commercials and senior dating, to the effects of the wars of our past. We write, play and sing with experience and heart.
- indie folk, country, alt-country
I should preface this by saying I'm just on the verge of the age group that this is most tailored to, so I can relate to it well enough! It's a good, tight sound, and the production is as clear as it needs to be. I'm not sure if I'd call it so much country or folk though - maybe more early rock with blues influence, eg the 12-bar format. Maybe that's just me being semantic... I'm also not sure if there's a great deal to distinguish it from a lot of other songs in terms of its structure and feel. Then again, a) it's probably impossible to be completely original in any genre nowadays (a thought borne from a few decades experience too), and b) I suspect the playing is mainly for fun and entertaining yourselves and friends and fans - and what more need it be? The evident sense of humour is helpful in that regard too. Come to think of it, there's probably an increasing number of people in the demographic of the band, and musically & lyrically, I reckon they would find this kind of music very much fit for purpose.
Thank you for the horns! How bout that backbeat?! One thing I love about this band, besides the stellar song writing, is their unabashed attitude towards being older than you. Why is that a good thing? They have a certain twang that bends and says "been there- done that- still doing this- here's why." Love the traditional beat, but love how they put their signature covky Country Seagger all over it. Horn solo could've very easily come out super 90s bar band, but these dudes are too original for that nonsense. "4 Hours is Never Enough" kicks ass. The whole song is fancy and fun as hell. They have no qualms talking about the pills that might have to be invested for the 4 hours to take place, I feel like they take my stance on the subject, which is- "If I ever need Viagra, I'm gonna snort the shit." Who wants to wait 30 minutes? Not these dudes, they get a fantastic F.U. Country song down in 3!
OK, that one's definitely country! Along with the humour again on display, the things that struck me this time were: a) the playing. That's some tasty lead work on the guitar and mandolin. And everywhere else; that's good ensemble playing. The vocals are also melodic and have the appropriate kind of tone and inflection for the song; b) the lyrics. Not every line rhymes. That's good. That makes it stand out more to my mind. You expect it to go one way, and it goes another. I don't know how many people might notice that, but I did! I can imagine the whole song going down well in both bars and senior citizens homes.
"He's a Senior Center Giggalo, and he's drivin Granny wild." Fantastic. Said it before it's hard to find a band this funny that you can take seriously. w-B and the Geezers is THAT rare find. The metal fans have Steel Panther, now the (REAL) Country fans have W-B! Great sing a long! Great guitar work.
This has a solid, traditional country arrangement that really gives the song a great platform from the start. The vocals are not the most technically proficient in the world, but they suit the style of song and the lyrics are hilarious - if a little cringeworthy considering the subject matter! This will go down really well live I can imagine.
When the songs get serious, they get very serious. The lyrical points are well made and develop logically, and meaningfully. The music is also appropriate and it all manages to steer well clear of any problems with sounding maudlin. Or of preaching a point of view. Just the facts are enough for the points to be made, and of course it doesn't need to apply to any one particular conflict, either. The playing again is really well done - restrained but breaking through as necessary. I don't know if you're familiar with the song "I Was Only 19" by Australian band Redgum? (It's on YouTube) An early 80s national Australian hit on much the same subject. I can imagine an audience listening intently to this song in a live setting, a hushed pause of a few seconds at the end, then loud applause. Good one.
Just in case you had questions about WB and the Geezers song writing capabilities- put em to bed. Wouldn't the douchey, Pop- Country song writing teams in Nashville, (or wherever the 10+ suit wearing squares who take a week to write songs do their "think-tanking" at) love to get their hands on this gem. This would be a bonefied HIT! A crossover hit at that. Once again, the guitar work is stellar. A surprisingly somber track for these Hillbillies. And in this case, "Hillbilly" is a compliment. They are real, and I believe them. If I don't believe a band, I don't listen further. Enjoy this very relevant track from a hopefully very relevant band. War is a terrible thing. A point driven perfectly in 'Don't Want to Dream',
The lyric to this track is heartbreaking and a really revealing look at the lack of emotional support for soldiers after they come home. Well-crafted, and the soft accompaniment is restrained to allow focus on the lyrics. Has quite an Americana feel to this one. My only gripe is that I think for this kind of song a better vocalist is necessary, with more melodic qualities to the voice that offset the semi-spoken delivery.
Ok, a fun lyric with a social consciousness! The lead vocalist puts a bit more into his performance than the two other songs I have heard. From a lyric perspective, this is right on. Fun, but with wit and perspective. Ably played and well structured, the big winner is the lyric. Clever, insightful, wry and totally in tune with today's political mess. The band seems to take a back seat in the mix and that's ok, but it would a far different tune if the band were to step up and really shine on the dynamics. I guess the real problem is that the mix isn't supportive to the arrangement. Still a wonderful song to listen to repeatedly to get all the wonderful lyric nuances.
Thank the lord! This is a band I want to interview on air. Most of the time songs that make me laugh out loud are not to taken seriously. These dudes can play. And I actually agree with everything they say. Great tune. At first I was like: "Why is this racist band sending me shit?" Then I dug it! I can not tell you how much I hate new Country. Sure we have Ryan Adams and Rosie Flores. But we don't have good ole fashioned Shit-kicker Country like this anymore. We'll be chaos. I got my shovel and dug the hell out of it!
I honestly wasn't sure about this one. I like the message and some of the instrumentation is well done, for example electric guitar, fiddle. But the drums a little sparse and tinny in places, and at times I wonder if it could have been produced a little better. The vocals, too, I think would have been better if fully sung - perhaps that's just my own taste and I can see what you were trying to do - but I don't think the chosen vocalist pulled it off completely effectively. This track is okay, but could do with some polishing up in the studio to really make it pop.
With the crowd/bar background noise and the way this track is mix, this track reminds me of when the Blues Brothers played as "The Good Ole Boys" at Bob's Country Bunker. Not traditionally my style, but I did enjoy the sense of humor in your lyrics! The musicianship was there as well.
Ha! Hell Yes! This fucking band can write a song. Thank you for this twangy guitar lead into the up front fiddle. The leads all around this track make it incredibly listenable. The chorus is one of the best I've heard in a while. Especially a a fellow musician, attacking the revered "Fat Bottom Girls" thing is borderline impossible because of, well, Queen. And how do you compete with that? Easy for this band, they figured it out. YOU DON'T. William You guys done it again. This is not only a hilarious song. The guitar, Piano, and fiddle are bad to the big bootied bone! Thanks for this song. It needs to be heard!
How can you not like this? An argument can be made that the lyric content of this fun tune is universal. Everything is in the right place on this one. Well structured, even with the sound effects! The playing is fine, but could be a bit more energetic. That goes for the lead vocal, too. There is a wonderful tongue in cheek lyric that begs a much more invested commitment. Needs more sass if you know what I mean. Still, I would listen to this over and over. Much fun.
I like this a lot better than the previous song. I think it's much more cohesive in its structure, and the arrangement is well-mixed. The vocals are raw enough in places to have that everyman feel but are capable enough to carry the song with charisma. I like the touch of the bar and crowd sounds - I don't know if this was actually recorded live or just made to sound like it, but either way I think this is the right kind of song for that. Amusing, fun, laid-back lyrics too.
Once again. I need to have a beer with these guys! Especially for this REAL old school Honky, good feeling Country- I think that is one of the best compliments I can give. After all, isn't that what the new Pop, Alt- Country bands are trying to come across ass? good Ole Boys who you'd just "love to have a beer ,and just be real with"? Aptly named song, because I believe them. And if you've read any of my reviews, if I don't believe you, I ain't digging it. The instrumentation in this track is perfect. The guitar slides over the vocal perfectly, and the fiddle makes this somewhat somber story telling track still danceable. GOOD ON YA BOYS! This is what needs to be on heavy rotation. Not some rich boy playing with dudes the label lined him up with. I can tell these guys hang out and talk shit- more than likely solving all the World's problems. As it should be.
Even the subject of the song is one that would likely be best recognised by people of a certain age! Probably. It's a well written song using salient examples of its subject of heroes that are unsung or unappreciated, but still an important part of the fabric of life. There are no doubt many other such examples, worldwide, so the song could easily be appreciated regardless of location, or age. The song structure and performance certainly sounds professional; nice arrangement and good, clear vocals. However, the sound itself seemed just a little too "trebley" to my ears in places (via headphones and speakers). That might just be personal preference though. It's certainly a tight sounding track and I could easily imagine your gaining new fans through it. Old and not so old ones.
Hi guys, Well, this was a fine surprise. The lead vocal has a wonderful quality, Definitely country in the best sense of the word. The playing is fine, if not sprightly. The song is well structured and I am pleased that the soloist did not overplay when it was his turn. The only challenge I can mention is that the chorus has to be much more compelling. The lyric is just fine. The background vocals do not do the chorus section justice and the chorus section does not match the verses in terms of melody and energy. Overall, a fine effort that with a few tweaks can be a great deal more effective. Well done.
I like the guitar work - very bluesy, John Mayer-esque. The fiddle is also a nice touch to sweeten things, and it works well with the vocals, which are treated to a classic, familiar country melody. The message especially is a fresh angle on something that has been covered a few times in this genre and I like the originality in that. The only thing that bothers me is the percussion - it sounds tinny and poorly mixed, which while not always obvious becomes very distracting at some parts. Otherwise this is a great track.