Bryan Banks is a musical storyteller. His poetic use of the guitar blended with his sultry voice and impassioned lyrics create a wonderful journey through music. His 2017 album The Sudden Sounds of Urgency is an example of this. With influence from metal, rock, R&B, country, and anything else you can think of, The Sudden Sounds of Urgency is about the pitfalls of our relationships in life.
The album leans heavily on melodic hard rock, punk rock, and metal. His music sounds like that of Green Day, Led Zeppelin, and Aerosmith, while his voice is similar to that of U2 and Guns N’ Roses. Lyrically, it’s all the negative feelings in a relationship, almost like he’s using music as a coping tool. It’s unique and refreshing to hear.
Most of the songs on this album are very hard rock-esque, but songs like “Escape the Insanity” and “Transfusion” sprinkle in something different. With “Escape the Insanity,” we get more of a country rock sound that’s softer. It starts slow which is a stark contrast to the other songs on the album that dive right into the rock and roll influences. With “Transfusion,” we still get that hard rock and metal sound, but there’s sections of slow music intertwined in the song to mirror the lyrics of being used to heal someone’s pain.
Bryan keeps us on our toes. He keeps us hooked by his sound and suddenly changes course ever so slightly to force us to hear and feel what he’s singing. He brings out emotions in us we thought we buried deep or even knew we had. His album The Sudden Sounds of Urgency has been released on YouTube where you can hear it now. If you like hard rock and metal with passionate lyrics, this is the album for you. Be sure to give it a listen.
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