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The Vanrays (from the album Put It Out available as a self-release)(by Bryant Liggett)
Garage and Soul music are a killer combo, and Vancouver’s The Vanray’s have found a sweet balance between the two. Punchy and aggressive, smooth and soothing in a rough round the edges way, Put It Out is a good musical neighborhood for hanging. The 8-piece band is pushing out guitar heavy grit and horn heavy grooves on their latest in Put it Out, an album of Soulful Rock for the Rockers, or Rocking Soul for the sweet Soul lovers.
Horns kick Put It Out off, introducing a stomping groove with subtle Hammond organ for “Lovin Man”, continuing the one-two punch of groove into “Up In Smoke” before The Vanrays slow things down for the Soulful ballad “Hard Times”. There’s a laidback lounge vibe for “I’d Rather Be Stoned” while “One More Chance” and “Heap of Ruin” are head-boppin Pop cuts in a Garage Rock model as “Shake My Hand” could claim lineage as an outtake from an early 1970’s Rolling Stones sessions. The album closer casts the Put it Out title track as a slow ballad before turning into a Rocking romp.
The Vanrays took a field trip to Memphis and Stax Records to record the album bottling up Delta mojo for the Put it Out sessions. How can you not like something so soulful, so groovy, so rocking? When Soul along with Rhythm & Blues is played slightly above the speed limit you get Put It Out as The Vanrays provide old school Rock’n’Roll. (by Bryant Liggett)
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