We at Indiemusicflix, love Gary Dranow. There is something about his easy demeanour in composing and performing that makes him a quintessential godfather of indie rock. We may have described him as Tom Petty, contemporary Bob Dylan and more in this duration of listening to and reviewing his music. Let that all go, for Gary just went Ozzy on us. This is his latest single, The Cry of War.
Now, we’ve heard umpteen tracks on war. The late 70s-early 80s were dedicated mostly to it. The way Gary Dranow does it is unlike any other. His hard rock swing brings a Sabbath like sound from the get go. Though it is only a three chord/string change as the riff structure, the energy is infectious. You enjoy the first 30 seconds with the riff, and Gary brings a Ronnie James Dio like vocal run. Take your time and listen to any song by him before this, and you will remain as impressed as we are with this transition. A Kashmir like transition in the verse leading to chorus is what we would have never expected. This is promising hard rock, coming at a time when everyone is going digital. He’s feeling the twang of the strings, and he’s making us feel it too.
His songs like Mellow Drama and Golden Child are must listens. He is a permanent fixture in indie rock playlists that I would make for an evening hang. This would be a great single in 12 Strong (2018). There are several sequences that need this kind of energy, and it shows perfection in execution as well. Listen to Gary Dranow with this incredible single and follow him for more that is definitely to come!