The title to the Houston rock band The 71’s latest effort is very catchy – “Rock and Roll Reaction 1”.
The name itself inspires a feeling that can’t be denied. History is full of rock and roll reactions and the future will be filled with them too.
And over the past weekend at Mainstage on Main in Houston, TX, The 71’s released the first in a trilogy of bold, fresh music.
On “RRR1”, the songs are quality – something that The 71’s do very well. “All Tied Up” is extremely catchy and lets the guitar shine. “Fire Tonight” is a beautiful slow song, but has heavy melodic sound (think manly ballad). “Heart Attack” has a sexy southern rock feel to it and doesn’t let up. Grab a fan when it’s over. “Ready For War”, despite the title, is a funky song with a big ending. “Love Slave” has cool drum intro, heavy bass and a punk feel. “Ready For My Love” has a 70’s feel to me with emotional vocals and may just be my favorite song in the EP.
At The 71’s live show, it’s so easy to just jump around to the music and forget about all the cares in the world. But the band takes it to another level. They may look wholesome, but don’t let that fool you. The gleam in the member’s eyes while onstage lets the fans know they have some tricks up the sleeves of their plaid shirts or leather jackets… And they did.
In addition to their original music, The 71’s covered Tom Petty’s “American Girl” and Chris Isaak’s “Wicked Game”. For sure, the air conditioning was needed to cool the venue down after THAT song!
2010 has been a great year for The 71’s with multiple TV appearances; regional touring and they are not slowing up. Currently, the band is promoting their new release, touring and writing songs for the next EP aptly titled “Rock And Roll Reaction 2” to be released in early 2011.
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The 71’s is comprised of Keeton Coffman (vocals, guitar), Ryan Cecil (guitar, vocals), Jacob Lisenbe (bass, vocals), and Tank Lisenbe (drums, vocals).
Check out The 71’s on their website and watch the impromptu “Start Again” video that has made the band infamous and knocked off the Wal-Mart guest list for good (just kidding, big hug!), check out their tour dates, blog, social media links, Street Team information and FREE music.
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