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Williams Ink / Press

“Anyone that would enjoy an original blend of The Ramones, Guns and Roses, and Oasis thinks the debut from Denver-based Williams Ink is just terrific. Formed last year, Williams Ink is a four-piece power-Pop-Rock band that aims “to bring a Classic Rock feel to the modern scene.” Toward that end, Williams Ink released this self-titled full-length debut in August. It features some guitar-laden Rock mixed with the kind of melodic lines bands such as Oasis make famous. Background: The band formed when Todd Williams, frontman and main songwriter, arrived for a furnace inspection at the home of Quinn Cox in the winter of 2010. The two started to meet up for jams and to put the finishing touches on Todd’s material; then they decided to get together a band, including Phil Farias and Abe Willock. The current plan: The guys are promoting the record through social media and their own website, and by performing as many shows as possible in metro Denver and around the state.”

“Williams Ink continues in the tradition of Cheap Trick, Weezer and Foo Fighters, rather than the late `70s new wave power pop model, best exemplified by bands like the Rubinoos and Cars. Big guitars and monster hooks. Todd Williams is their frontman and primary writer. He's adept at nailing both imagery and couplets, and the arrangements are spot on. Opening cut "Last Year" would sit quite happily on a Grant Hart solo record, or one of the later Husker Du albums - it's an early standout track, and it doesn't lack company. "Shocked" is just as good, it's rolling rhythm interrupted only by glam guitars and the sort of sing-a-long verses that Noddy Holder, Noel Gallagher and Dave Grohl would emphatically approve of. "Love You Kiss You" suggests the glam influence doesn't confine itself to just occasional guitars and "Odds N' Ends" indicates that when the slow things down and strum acoustic guitars, they're no less compelling. A first-rate debut album.”