Andrew Leahey and the Homestead from the album Airwaves available on Skyline Music
Guitars chime like welcoming trumpet calls when Andrew Leahey and the Homestead blast onto Airwaves with “Start the Dance”. The tune sets a bar for the recent release, making spinning vinyl and needle drops the standard. Andrew Leahey and the Homestead use classic rock song structure as a template, making modern music, three and four-minute moments that remind of times sitting in the dark with just you and a song (“Make It Last”). Airwaves tosses out sparkling guitar notes that morph into slashed chords cutting a path through “We Came Here to Run” as six-strings unravel into a pied-piper riff that sends out a message to “Karyn” and a runaway rock’n’roll beat kicks open the doors of a weekend with “Workin’ Ain’t Workin’”.
FM car radios were a constant soundtrack for Andrew Leahey growing up in Richmond, Virginia. He supplemented the lack of cable TV at home with two-hour blocks of MTV recorded on VHS tapes for a link to a musical outside world. The songs on Airwaves show influence without imitating the obvious effects of artists such as Bruce Springsteen, John Mellencamp, Tom Petty, and Bob Seger when Andrew Leahey and the Homestead bare their love with a big rock blast of guitar, bass, keyboards, and drums. Giving a shout out to a special lady, The Homestead crowning her a ‘Stevie Nickser’ while shifting through records to make a live-set mix-tape in “Remember This” as they cruise fast-track highways when “King and Queen of Smaller Things” rule over a land of simple pleasures and good times. The title track takes a bite out of a beat searching for a heartache they can dance to while Airwaves watches Andrew Leahey and the Homestead take to the skies for the drama-free zone of “Flyover Country” and speak of 80’s love with “Lips Like Sugar” as they cover Echo and the Bunnymen.
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