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Whitcomb / Press

““Sometimes music like this can derive its energy from the feeling that it’s all on the brink of falling apart and shooting off into space, but with Whitcomb it’s just the opposite — their energy is like the swirling magma that makes up the center of the earth.””

Sam Pfeifle - Portland Phoenix

““There is “local rock” and then there’s a band like Whitcomb. There are those bands from down the street that you feel good about doing their little music thing… Then there’s a band like Whitcomb; a band that rises above name, rank, serial number and hometown. A band where the focus is not on them being a great “local band”, but being a great band, period. Once again, proving with The Amber Tide that their sound is universal to all those who appreciate thoughtful hard rock music, anywhere around the world. Although we’re proud they’re from Portland, Maine, we hear them simply as a great rock band who put out another great rock album… with lyrics from a poet who died almost a hundred years ago!””

Mark Curdo, WCYY - press kit

““Whitcomb is a hard working, killer band! Their records challenge and excite the listener with heavy driving beats, huge guitars, and dynamic lyrics and vocals. I’m honored to be a part of their music and record making process!””

Adam Ayan, Gateway Mastering - press kit

“Whitcomb's got it all. Spawned from the tortured souls of Portland veteran musicians and riding on the super-creepy back story of a children's poet unraveling to madness, the group's debut, "Crown Park," is deliciously dark.”

“Based in Portland, these guys take the long-ago created work of Hoosier poet James Whitcomb Riley and set his words to hard-rocking music. They play hard, they have fun, and they're inspiring a large and vocal following.”

“We spent some time discussing his life and work and were able to go in to detail about the effect that has on the writing process. We also talked about the recording of the album.”

“As these songs build, each one longer than the one prior, there is never the feeling that a note is misplaced or ill-considered. The seven-song, 33-minute disc is downright architectural, a gothic structure of some grandeur and in perfect proportion.”