Andrew Hamlin 11 a.m., Dec. 26
The debut album from Wendy Bailey and True Stories features bassist Billy Fritz, guitarist Bart Mendoza (Manual Scan, the Shambles) and drummer Danny Cress (the Coyote Problem, Skid Roper).
Produced by Mike Kamoo (the Stereotypes, the Loons) the album is indie rock by default, but actually covers a lot of stylistic ground, with songs penned by both Bailey and Mendoza as well as lead vocals from both. Guest appearances include Lee Harding (backing vocals) of Echo Revolution and Ed Kornhauser of Purity of Essence (keys).
The album’s ten tracks shift sound from hard rock to acoustic pop and in between. String Theory’s first single is Bailey’s “Nothing Left To Say,” a pounding rocker with amps set on stun, alternately her tune “Denial,” is a slow moody number heavy on atmosphere and sonic rumble.
Mendoza’s contributions include Hammond organ-driven R&B with “Can’t Seem To Make You Mine” and folk rock ballad “You Still Take My Breath Away.”