Will Dailey & The Rivals

Will Dailey & The Rivals - Boston singer/songwriter has quietly expanded his Boston base over the past decade, moving from solo gigs at acoustic-friendly folk clubs to regional clubs with his band The Rivals... engaging new project comes on the heels of his ambitious 2009 Torrent project, a pair of releases that culled songs from quarterly song postings on the web // Release: Will Dailey & The Rivals (September 20, Universal Republic) // Sounds like: while Dailey's songs can be stripped down to their indie folk undies, his passion for punchy, melodic 70's rock (a la The Raspberries or Badfinger), Costello-styled 80's new wave propulsion and the SoCal Laurel Canyon jangle of Roger McGuinn and the Byrds rings loudly throughout...These are AM radio songs reimagined for modern times, bearing sharp hooks large enough to hang your hat on...

Quote: "Some songs are immediately personal, some are friends stories, stories of places I’ve been, ideas and some songs I don’t even understand until I am done with them; then they make all the sense in the world. Every song is an indicator." What we like: the aptly named "How Good It Feels" is a summery 3-minute mash-up of Beach Boys harmonies, "Telstar" nostalgia and riff-rock with the edges sanded down to a smooth finish..."Out On the Floor" takes a bright acoustic strum and shoots it full of impossible-to-resist harmonied choruses and a melodic line that lingers long after the chords fade...Dailey has soaked up the best from his elders' vinyl collection, but songs like "Big Bright Sun" prove he's well-equipped to rise above any nostalgic reveling...these are tracks you want to experience live and loud, where the sonic kick hits your chest and the sing-song choruses get shouted back to the stage...

Will Dailey & The Rivals - "How Good It Feels" (from Will Dailey & The Rivals)

Will Dailey & The Rivals - "Big Bright Sun" (from Will Dailey & The Rivals)