Akron’s four-piece band, The Vinyl, is one of those perfectly crafted rock groups with an accessible,
radio-friendly sound that isn’t over-produced or full of cheesy gimmicks. These guys play no-nonsense
rock, and their sound is polished and well practiced for only just getting their start in the local music
scene. The Vinyl is set to release its self-titled EP July 24, and the six-song disc is full of laid-back
tunes that are perfect for lazy summer days.
The disc begins with “Never The Same,” a tune full of watery guitars and hints of surf rock influences.
The track picks up with crashing cymbals and chords and descends like a wave into a sparse rhythm
section with catchy beats. “Machine” follows the track flawlessly. This is the tune that is almost
perfectly constructed to be a radio hit, and local stations would be wise to give this plenty of airplay.
The EP’s third track, “You Already Know,” is the most atmospheric of the bunch. Its haunting guitars
complement questioning, self-reflective lyrics, only to give way to a loud, crashing breakdown. The
latter half of the release is full of straight-forward rock tracks with that familiar mellow mood the band
creates so well. The band just released “Savannah,” a sea-soaked song with lyrics like “Vue de la mer,
you say, I want to live there,” further illustrates the oceanic feel of the release.
The band spent some time recording at Jungle Studio in Lorain and has made the rounds at local venues
in preparation for the release of the six-song EP. Catch The Vinyl playing alongside Miniature Tigers
and Moon Men at Musica July 27, and pick up a copy of the disc for the perfect soundtrack to your
By Brittany Nader
Photo courtesy of The Vinyl