Philip Sayce - The Wolves Are Coming (2024)
So, waiting behind the door when came in today was the new album from Philip Sayce. Seems to have been a while since any new product from him, but then the last album Spirit Rising I missed as there was no physical copy, but 14 million streams can’t be wrong.
Anyway, much anticipation, especially after the long-awaited tour last November whetted the appetite, and it’s well deserved, quite probably one of his strongest albums to date. There’s the usual power and brashness, balanced with intimacy and delicacy; check out Intuition. Of the eleven tracks, 9 are originals, including a co-write with Richard Marx while keeping one foot in the Blues with a John lee Hooker cover; This Is Hip and an Albert Collins; The Moon Is Full.
When he rocks, there’s no doubting, Sayce rocks, no more so than on Backstabber, a dig at the music industry… I’ve seen it said, the riff is reminiscent of old Spooky Tooth, but to my ear, I get nods of Virgil & The Accelerators, which makes me smile as back in the day, Virgil McMahon, no slouch on the six-string himself, was a big admirer. Elsewhere on the album, Fred Mandel provides some keyboard jousting but the piano boogie on This Is Hip, on which they pause, mid-song then hook back together, unexpected but masterful.
There has been no shortage of praise; Guitar World declared, "Philip Sayce stands on the edge of hard rock and psychedelia, slinging guitar riffs past your ears at warped speed." Billboard Magazine has raved about Philip’s “outstanding songwriting” and “stylish rock guitar”, and Rock & Blues Muse effused, "With powerful vocals close to the edge, Sayce uses his classic Strat sound and overdriven amps to unwind a powerful tale. His guitar riffs are fastballs", and Music News stated, "This is an all-out blast from the opening notes, massive riffs and pounding drums with Sayce's vocals getting the full treatment." And I’m adding my two-pennyworth; can’t wait until the next tour this coming November.
When life gives you lemons; don't make lemonade.
Give back the lemons. Why were the lemons free? What's wrong with the lemons?
Do Not trust the lemons...