The Great Affairs
"…as good as this style of pop gets…hooks and melodies galore, in the vein of Tom Petty." -AP
THE GREAT AFFAIRS
Over the course of several releases: 2009's 'The Great Affairs', 2010's 'Ricky took the wheels..', 2011's 'Happy Ender', and 2013's '4', The Great Affairs have undergone a not-so-subtle transformation from the dusty, Americana-leaning fare of their early works to the grittier, pop-infused rock n' roll stylings of their latest.
Swapping out rhythm sections in late 2013, after a brief hiatus from performing or recording, the band acquired an additional lead voice in drummer Kenny Wright, whose Paul Rodgers-inspired turns at the mic proved a surprisingly effective foil for the more Paul Westerberg-flavored approach of singer/songwriter Denny Smith.
With nods to everyone from Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Cheap Trick, and The Cars, The Great Affairs also share common ground with the likes of more contemporary acts as The Gaslight Anthem, Butch Walker, and The Hold Steady; offering up the kind of sweaty, gimmick-free, big guitar anthems that'll rattle your brain, just as easily as they might slip into lonesome troubadour mode and soothe your soul.
Denny Smith: vocal, guitars, harmonica
Patrick Miller: lead guitar, vocals
Henry Go: bass, vocals
Kenny Wright: vocals, drums, percussion
"...playing loose and having a good, solid time making music from the gut and letting the sparks fly. That it comes off sounding so effortless is testimony to the talents of the participants." -Bruce Brodeen, Not Lame