Take some great 70s rock, stir it together with an unmistakably contemporary feel, and cook it up with a Seattle-alternative attitude, and you might get something like Norrish Reaction’s self-titled debut album.
Winston Norrish serves up a full plate of unexpected, yet familiar guitar rhythms, key changes, and lead work, and delivers plenty of intricate vocal harmony. Bob Lupton’s drumming is solid, driving, heavy and crisp. Caspar van Haalen’s work on 5-string bass is at once melodic and technical, and Lenny Price lends his considerable passion and deep musical feel on keys. The band was founded by Norrish and Lupton after Bob approached Winston, with the concept of creating a “retro-rock” record. Elements of newer music found their way in, and when the dust settled their self-titled debut album “Norrish Reaction” emerged.
The song writing and performances draw on decades of experience covering so many musical styles. For Norrish Reaction that means music that combines solid guitar-based rock with driving drumming and rhythm - interesting melodies and arrangements woven together with rich vocal harmony. The lyrics are thoughtful and compelling; not quite retro, not quite grunge, not quite pop, but maybe a little of each, and then some.
The all-original, 12 track Norrish Reaction CD opens with the hard hitting, upbeat alternative rock song, Thousand Roads, and ends with an acoustic reprise of the same. Fans of 1970’s rock bands will especially love the song, Is This Your Dream, which offers esoteric reverberations with a compelling story. The song, Let it Go, will inspire listeners to let go of the past, take chances, and seize the opportunities in front of them. Norrish Reaction has found a unique niche among the Seattle-inspired alternative rock bands.
The Norrish Reaction CD was produced and engineered by Geoff Ott at the historic London Bridge Studio in Seattle. Geoff Ott has worked with the best including Candlebox, Alice in Chains, Paul Rogers, Nickelback, 3 Doors Down, Queensryche, Melissa Etheridge to mention a few.
Band members include Winston Norrish on vocals and guitar; Bob Lupton on drums and percussion; and Caspar van Haalen on bass. Guest Alexandra Lupton performs keyboards and percussion on a number of songs including drums on the Led Zeppelin style track March on Egypt. Guest keyboard artist Lenny Price also performed with the band. Price spent 12 years performing saxophone with legendary jazz musician Earl Klugh. He delivers impressive keyboard arrangements on four tracks, harking back to his early years as a piano player on the pop and rock scene back east. Price has recorded over 60 albums in his career and the Norrish Reaction album is in the top three for excitement, creativity, and arrangements. He introduces the listeners to the iconic Moog synthesizer sound on the rock ballad, Walked Away. Lenny Price appeared courtesy of Midshipman Records.
Caspar van Haalen, of Seattle, was brought into the project after much of the record had been tracked. Hearing the results of Caspar’s first session at London Bridge, Norrish, who had recorded all of the original bass tracks, immediately fired himself as the bass player and asked van Haalen to play on every song.
Edited by hraddrummer on 19 Aug 2012, 14:58
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