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The Washers
©2012 Independently released
Review by Lucky Boyd


Iíll get to the music in just a minute, but first, you have to know about the diverse writing on this album.  Okay, pay attention.  Justin Wade Wilcox wrote or co-wrote six of the tracks, writing one of them himself.  Todd Kinfolk Janik wrote or co-wrote eight of the tracks, writing five of them himself.  Rio Tripiano wrote or co-wrote four of the tracks, writing two of them himself.  Matt Kopycinski wrote one and co-wrote one.  Mike Faltysek co-wrote four, and two of the discís co-writes included non-band members Forrest Sowell and Matt Krenek, one each.  Now that we have that out of the way, just know that the teamwork shown by this band in writing doesnít stop there.  Four of the band mates share lead vocal duties and harmonies are not in short supply.  Now letís get down to the music.  On my first listen through, I wasnít really paying attention as I had the disc playing in the office while I was trying to get some other things done.  A couple of songs really stuck with me, though, and on my second listen through, I became more excited about the prospects for this band.  From just looking at the packaging, and doing no additional research, you might have three initial questions.  First, how did they get their name, The Washers?  Where did they get the title of the disc? And, why is there a Roman numeral 2 on the spine of the album?  Iím sure all these things will become evident for you in time, or not.  I had to do some deep research.  What I found simply endeared me to this band all the more.  Thereís actually no great back story on any of these issues.  The guys all love the game of washers, they work so much they have tired eyes, and the number two? Itís just a design choice, no significance.  This my friends, comes as no surprise because this band spends all their time on the music, and itís time well spent.  It has been a long while since Iíve come across a debut release like this one.  It has all the elements.  Great harmonies, excellent songwriting, outstanding performances, and a great synergy are evident and prominent throughout.  If the band can harness this energy on stage, they are going to go far.  Iíve got a feeling thatís not a problem for The Washers.  The songwriting gem on the album is ďTwo Left FeetĒ which will take you a time or two to understand, but itís worth the listen.  As for performances, itís hard to pick a favorite.  Every track is masterfully done.  Produced by two-time TMA Producer of the Year, Billy Jo High, and Adam Odor, the sound of this album is not a surprise.  It lives up to Highís standards and this is certainly the band to watch this year.

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