We last heard from Bongo Boy Records rock artist E.G. Holmes when he released the title track single ahead of his recent album Time to Rest, which we found to be “a powerful track with a universally understood message“. Now, Holmes is back with an all-new single. This time around the lineup consists of Dave Edwards (vocals), Timothy Reid (guitar), Steve Johnson (bass), Mark Miller (drums), and Holmes himself on keys. This stellar group of musicians has come together to create Holme’s single WARM, an anthemic rock ballad with a classic feel, full of great storytelling and expert musicianship.
Like in his previous release, WARM has a classic rock feel to its production, utilizing vintage guitar tones and nostalgic keys tones and rhythms to create a track that highlights the features of the music of yesteryear. But the vocals from Edwards are what give this track a modern element – his voice has all the polish and distinctiveness of today’s modern vocalists, offering a convincing and strong performance (most notably in the chorus). But perhaps the highlight of the instrumentation is the guitar solo at 2:28 from Reid. Perfectly suited to this track, the solo is a mix of long, distorted bends and intricate riffs that feel very much in the vein of the solos from the classic rock greats of the ’70s and ’80s.
Lyrically, this track is a testament to solid companionship through difficult times. Holmes often brings heartfelt, meaningful lyrics to the forefront of his work, and this single is no exception. The song tells the story of a woman who is struggling in the grind of the day-to-day, coming home to her partner and drowning out the world. It’s a contemporary and truly relatable theme, with imagery and sentiment that anyone who has ever beaten adversity with love will no doubt understand:
“I’m gonna make you warm, in all the places of your heart
Warm, shine a little light upon your dark
Warm, chase all the shadows away
Forget the fears of yesterday.”
With each new release, E.G. Holmes continues to carve himself an identifiable niche in his unique classic/modern rock hybrid space. WARM is a relatable and well-executed track that is full of high notes, both musically and lyrically, and it serves to strengthen his catalog and has us once again looking forward to more music from this talented, tenured artist. Stream WARM for yourself below, or look for it on the upcoming Kryp II Knight Volume III release from Bongo Boy Records, featuring today’s rock music from indie artists worldwide.
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