Here's Andy is moving on and doin' fine. He'll be okay, he just needs more time. So knock back a couple bottles of wine, I'm not too sure I think it's probably a sign. Here's Andy...again!
Voilà. Here's Andy has his feet firmly on the ground. The musician, who we introduced last year, is back with an even better EP than last time around, entitled Spreadin' Thin/I Dunno. It's just two tracks, but that's plenty to know that Andy plays in a different league. He doesn't play music because it's fun, or to have something to do. He truly believes in this art. An art which makes him feel ecstatic.
His ethos? Hard work. And Andy is not fucking around. This time, the New Paltz, New Yorker, has experimented with a different approach to his music. To show that music isn't simply a lonely reflection of ourselves, to show it can perhaps heal, Here's Andy has based this new EP on music for other people, not himself. Spreadin' Thin was written with this state of mind and the song is outstanding. First, the riff slowly takes over until your head starts nodding. Then there's the lyrics and the voice, almost haunting. The rhymes and the tempo add something catchy and groovy. Then the chorus; heavy and imposing. And again, and again. Finally the outro, where Here's Andy goes nuts. Cymbals, guitars, drums, voice and riff all come together for a grand finale.
"Spreadin' Thin was written with the listener in mind. After I wrote the opening riff for the song, I thought it much more palatable for the listener compared to some of the other songs I've written. It's a a pretty simple pop song, and a lot of fun to play"
On our last review featuring Here's Andy we stated the following; "Yes, this guy could be a genius. The music remains so simple and the lyrics to the song are 20 words long, but my god do they resonate".
Well, this new release all but confirms that we might be right here. The second track is called I Dunno. It instantly grabs you. It's a rather sad tune, depicting what seems to be a nervous breakdown; "U gotta wake up and get yourself out of bed, u gotta stop messing with yr own head" sing the first couple of lines. The music kind of reminds us, sonically at least, of his previous song Book, which reflects feelings of sadness and depression. In this new EP you can still feel the pain. But you can also hear the urge to make it, to get out and feel better. "I dunno. we're all alone we're only kidding ourselves, don't mind the pain the faster we realize the faster were sane".
"It's the only thing that makes me feel this good. I have a somewhat selfish attitude about it. Nothing quite brings me as much satisfaction, gives me as much control, and makes me as happy. It's really the only thing I want to spend my time doing"
His previous record Small & Scary was already a top effort. This new one is a step above. If music can make him feel better, it will reverberate, somehow, somewhere. His music talks to us, because it feels honest. Music from the heart. You hear the difference, the pain, bliss and hazards of life. What else do you need?