Glory Days - Broke In New York
Record Label: Unsigned
Release Date: April 3, 2012
Hailing from Middletown, New Jersey, Glory Days (Andy Tongren on vocals, Dylan Scott on guitar, Julian Dimagiba on bass and Steve Patrick on drums) are a pop-rock quartet that at first glance may seem like just another band struggling to make it big. But, after a few listens to Broke In New York, with its catchy choruses and fantastic vocal melodies, it's easy to see why Glory Days are on the fast track to worldwide success.
The EP starts off with "Nolita", which has a great vibe with a moving bass line that will surely get your foot tapping to the beat. The instrumentation is spot on and everything blends together well in this truly great rock track. Glory Days have found the perfect combination to deliver polished pop tunes without losing their rock 'n' roll edge.
One of the slower tracks on the EP is "Find Me There", a ballad that draws comparisons to bands such as Snow Patrol and Parachute with soft vocals and the use of background piano. The song confidently treads over "cheesy ballad" territory and comes out on the other side successfully sans cheese.
The track "Warrior" is a pop smash, sounding at times like it could be a track from The Killers with a soaring chorus complete with a great blend of clever lyrics and fresh melodies. Vocalist Andy Tongren has some serious pipes and is in the running for one of the best singers in the pop-rock genre.
In the crowded world of up-and-coming pop-rock bands, many find it difficult to stand out, but Glory Days are the exception. They have crafted a catchy blend of pop-rock in such a short amount of time that there is no telling how far they can go as a band. With vibrant vocals and infectious sing-a-long melodies, they will be hard to stop once word gets out just how good this band actually is. If I had a label, I would sign these guys immediately. Keep your eyes and ears open because ready or not, Glory Days are poised to take the world by storm.