"Bands like The Speedbumps bring a recognizable Rust Belt spin unique to the region, blending hard-earned craft with an unadorned, authentic style...Their brand of Americana, with its spare tuneful melodies and precise string-heavy accompaniment, makes them contenders for a significant national presence. Urycki's voice has a bit of the breathy soulfulness of John Mayer, but with a fuller, more rounded tone."
"Warm-sounding songs that feel as spirited and soothing as the subject matter feels acutely personal…Mixing deft musicianship, radio-ready hooks and grooves that call to mind Punch Brothers as often as G. Love and Special Sauce, The Speedbumps seem to be stretching their arms to anyone (roots fans, pop-rock radio fans, jazz circuit enthusiasts) with an inclination to sing along, catch the grooves and smile through the sadness."
"A brilliant band with an interesting sound led by a terrific lyricist with a very distinctive voice. The Speedbumps' new album is full of catchy songs that should appeal to a wide variety of music lovers."
“The Bumps' stock in trade is wistful acoustic Folk pop led by adaptable vocalist Erik Urycki…whose voice is capable of something approaching blue-eyed soul inflections in places when not indulging in his softer, more doleful rootsy croon."”
“The Speedbumps are creating a refreshing folk classical blend that I haven't heard anywhere on the charts.”
“The Harbors We Seek sounds like a walk through a sun-drenched forest. The Kent, Ohio indie folk band recorded its third album in a cabin in the Pennsylvania woods, making for a stripped-down record emanating warmth. "The Heart Of It All," a strummy ballad about living close to home, shines brightest.”
“The Harbors We Seek is one of those records you could play early in the morning or late at night, on a sunny afternoon or a snowy, gray one. Warm, easygoing, understated and honest. It just feels good. It flows and grooves."”
"In the era of auto tune and single-based artists, the Speedbumps give you a reason to believe in the album again. Organic, brilliant, emotive music."
“Although the story behind 'Back To The Start' is somber, there is a gentle note of encouragement in the lyrics...an ultimately uplifting track."”
"Erik's vocals range from melodically haunting to gracefully jubilant. Coupled with a refreshingly modern musical sound, it seems as if The Speedbumps have no creative ceiling."
"What great sensuous bass playing on 'Heart Of It All'!"
"We've never seen a band sell so many pre-sale tickets, whether they were a national act or not. The Speedbumps show here was amazing -- standing room only."
"The Speedbumps are a promising Americana band."
“There’s something slightly informal, unrehearsed and impromptu about The Speedbumps’ music, which often lends itself to picking up the 'jazz' descriptor. There’s really so much more, though. With the acoustic guitars and bowed instrumental backing, the group creates the kind of music that leaves a bounce in your step. The Speedbumps’ sound is fun and chipper, but it still has depth and still clearly requires skill to play. It's like a less kitschy Jack Johnson and Andrew Bird on serious uppers.”
“The new Speedbumps song is outstanding. It made me cry.”
"The Moody Blues were one of the first bands to pair rock music with symphony orchestras in the ‘60’s,...but seeing a local band do it with their local symphony is not an everyday occurrence."
"The lead singer’s quintessential singer-songwriter tenor voice often draws Jack Johnson comparisons, but the quartet’s chillness is definitely not the island-breeze variety...the group has garnered a Dave Matthews Band-meets-Steely Dan vibe."
"We get CDs and audio from local talent all the time for The Coffee Shop on Q104. We collectively smiled after hearing songs from The Speedbumps. This is a really good band that has the potential to connect outside of the Northeast Ohio area."