The Guise, “Forthcoming,”
Sound Ideas Music
I popped “Forthcoming” into my car CD player and said to myself, “yup,” as soon as the first notes of “You Never Know” hit my ears.
No way had I heard this song written and being played by The Guise before. But I knew it was going to make my drive through the hills of Madison County to my driveway in the Syracuse city neighborhood of Eastwood easy-peasy.
And as the work of Dale Randall and Adrian Gerard filled my Chevy Cruze, “Just Don’t Care” and “For You” and “After You Leave” and “Without” on what could be considered side one and “Falling in Love” and “Another Door” and “Give a Little Love” and “Within Your Smile” and “What We’re Gonna Do” completing the album, I knew my quick assumption had been correct.
The Guise had captured both the pop majesty and comforting harmonies of the Beatles. And all was good.
Randall and Gerard are both admitted Beatlemaniacs who have a long line of musical credits to their names before this new project.
Guitarist and bassist Randall played with venerable Syracuse rock band The Coachmen for 13 years, and was part of the band for “The Music of Carole King” at Turning Stone Resort and Casino, and “Cruisin’ thru the ’50s” at the New Times Theater. And with Syracuse Beatles tribute band The Fab Five, he played at the Cavern Club in Liverpool, England.
Guitarist Gerard toured the east coast with The Eljer Band, opening for Chubby Checker, The Five Satins, Dan Hicks and the Hot Licks and Joey Dee and the Starlighters. He also considered playing the Hershey Park Paviliion with Beatles tribute band Abbey Road as a big moment. He released an album, “Sounds Like Adrian Gerard,” and it received good reviews and earned him a slot at the International Pop Overthrow for independent pop artists in Los Angeles.
The pair were introduced by a common friend while at a music festival in Mexico. They played a set together, knew they had chemistry, and decided to form The Guise.
The way they blend their guitars and voices on “Forthcoming” shows it was a wise decision, indeed. They can take it slow and tasty as well as faster and layered.
“You Never Know” takes my mind from the Beatles’ harmony to the Byrds’ jangle to America’s bridges. “Just Don’t Care” rolls like a love song from the Oneders in the great and underappreciated movie “That Thing You Do.” And that’s just the first two cuts.
The album, recorded and produced by Jocko Randall at More Sounds Studio in Syracuse, also enlists Nick Munger on drums and Tom Reitano on piano on “Give a Little Love.” The sound values are top shelf.
The Guise plays live gigs throughout northern and Central New York. They play at 8 p.m. Thursday, March 5 at Greenwood Winery in East Syracuse and 7 p.m. Friday, March 6 at Vendetti’s Soft Rock in Syracuse.
Here’s the link to The Guise’s Reverb Nation page.