I havenâ€™t been able to discover much about The New York Fund after discovering them on e-music, but I think they were signed to a label but refused to become cookie cutter, so now theyâ€™re independent again and looking for a contract. Good for them. The theory of the biz has always been that labels get the best artists because they have the most money to spend. Okay, I buy that argument. But then why do the labels sign the same producers on every single artist they sign, so that everyone becomes the same? Thatâ€™s why theyâ€™re not making money like they used to. They hate to admit it, but itâ€™s true. If you look at sales statistics, you wonâ€™t see a correlation between people who download music and those same peopleâ€™s expenditures on music. Those of us who always bought, still buy. Those who illegally download entire records (which I donâ€™t endorse), are unlikely to have bought those records anyway.
But enough about that. The New York Fundâ€™s EP is incredible, fantastic, superb, brilliant . . . I canâ€™t say enough about it. All six tracks are excellent. Itâ€™s classic rock/American that doesnâ€™t sound like anyone else.
Singer Joseph McAdam has incredible inflection and range, especially for a male rock and roll type singer: In an instant, he can go from an Oasis yearning high note to a Tom Petty down home baritone. The rhythm section moves every song along steady but unhurried, never missing a beat. And guitarist Adrian Woodward manages to make his mark on every song without being intrusiveâ€”this is not cock rock, itâ€™s country rock, and itâ€™s amazing.
You need to hear this band. And if the labels are listening, you need to sign them and them do whatever they want on wax.
For fans of: Albert Hammond, Jr.; The Hold Steady; Tom Petty; Bruce Springsteen; Country Crows; and plain old good music.