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Classic hard rock sounds

Patchwork Quilt
Patchwork Quilt
By Storytyme

Self-released: 2007

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This review first appeared in Turbula in May 2007.

Hailing from Boulder, Colo., Storytyme is pure old-school hard rock. Strains of Humble Pie and Led Zeppelin, Wishbone Ash and the James Gang, Robin Trower and Free can be heard in their debut album. What makes it interesting is that the three members of the band are all in their 20s – this isn't a bunch of veterans staying in a familiar comfort zone, but a trio of young bucks (three brothers, to be exact) coming to the music from a fresh perspective and exploring it on their own terms.

Pete Lewis leads the band on guitar and vocals. There's a bit of a psychedelic edge to his singing, which is strong and powerful throughout. On the other hand, his guitar playing isn't nearly as prominent, and is rather pedestrian. In fact, if there's a complaint to be had here, it's that there isn't really enough electric guitar to satisfy most hard-rock fans. Phil Lewis plays bass with an imaginative athleticism, helping drummer Tony Lewis keep the beat lithe and lively behind Pete's singing and guitar, and also adding some real oomph to the band's sound.

The 11 songs on the album are all solid blues/boogie/rock numbers. There's no obvious breakout single here, no likely hit – but the album never lags, either. It's a listenable, entertaining slice of power trio rock from – and for – the new millennium.