Independent Spotlight is a continuing series on Stewart’s blog. The series revolves around independent artists and bands sending their music to Brett to review. No band is promised a positive review, and all music is reviewed honestly in an effort to better independent music.
Before we delve into the single, we should spend a bit of time with A&L. The duo consists of Anthony Casuccio and Lana Marie. Casuccio is a seasoned industry veteran with two decades in the business, having worked on Grammy nominated projects and other endeavors. Marie has reached prominence as a vocalist in the East Coast musical scene, lending her talent to radio and television in the region.
So, with a driving force of two professionals like Casuccio and Marie, the music should be top notch, right? Don’t worry, it is. Their first single, ‘Get Me A Drink’ was conceived in a long meeting. ‘I worked eighty hours, seven days this week. My back is on fire, I need to get off my feet,’ the track opens with - a sentiment many of us can relate to. So, what does Marie want? Hell, what do you think she wants? A good drink! So, the rest of the song is the ballad of the overworked nine to fiver, who’s ‘job runs their life,’ as Casuccio’s lyrics put it. The song’s hero just wants one thing: to get away from their job, have some fun, and party all night.
The track has that electric Nashville country-rock sound that demands a strong vocalist and backing band. Fortunately, A&L has that. The production quality of the single is impeccable; it was produced strongly and has a tight backing band that is right on track the whole song. The song explodes into itself when the electric guitar solo erupts in the latter half of the song. It’s only a few seconds long, but it really does scream. In fact, it leaves you wishing it could have been longer. That may be the first dilemma in an otherwise very solid song. It clearly has a killer backing band, but the band isn’t given much room to breathe. As a result, the sound feels a bit confined, as if a beast of music is waiting to be let out of the cage, and only does so for a spurt of exciting guitar towards the end. Marie’s strong vocals aid in this effort, but something is still left unharnessed by the end of the song.
The only other folly of the track is in the shallowness of the lyrics. In honesty, though, that’s not the point of the track, either. It’s a self described ‘party song,’ and that’s exactly what it does very well. Expecting more substance from it would make no sense; it would be like being upset that the Bob Dylan record you just bought is too long and wordy. It’s a party song, and in that regard, it excels.
So, check out ‘Get Me A Drink’ from A&L. They’re a new band that is worth taking note of, because if this single is any confirmation of an album to come, that album is going to be something worth listening to.
Below you can stream and buy the new single and follow the band on Twitter: