White Highway - 2018 Hittin' The Road
ARTIST: White Highway
ALBUM: Hittin' The Road
LABEL: LYNX Music Poland
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:
LINEUP: Kasia Bienkowska - vocals, lyrics * Paul Gromadzki - guitars * Michal Dybus - bass * Mirek Skorupski - keyboards * Tomek Sobieszek - drums
TRACK LISTING: 01 I Wanna Rock Your Love * 02 You Get Stuck On Me * 03 Mr. Freaky * 04 Hit The Road Again * 05 Free Fallin' * 06 City Lights * 07 Monkey-Spirit * 08 Show That Feelin' * 09 Lighthouse * 10 Here I Am
WEBLINK: Site Link
You don't tend to hear too much bands that come out of Poland these days. There have been a few artists that we have covered here, but not many.
One band that I was particularly interested in was the female fronted Unsun who were operating around the late noughties era.
At the back end of 2018 we discover a new Polish band worth investigating, they are called White Highway, and if you thought the title sounded familiar then the American 80's FF AOR band Saraya might be responsible for that.
Fronted by the striking lead singer Kasia Bienkowska (surely a Doro lookalike?), the band include Heart, Vixen and Saraya in their CV, plus a host of other 80's notables like Giant, Van Halen, Whitesnake and Deep Purple. Reading that list was enough to get me interested.
Prior to this effort, the band released an EP in 2017 called 'City Lights'. Some of that material is rebadged here.
Their bio also suggests cinematic elements from film but mostly it's all about the hair metal 80's, so if that suits your ears then dive right in.
Highlights include the muscular opener 'I Wanna Rock Your Love', it starts out as an audio montage before settling into a groove. Solid way to start.
'You Get Stuck On Me' starts out with a Tangier/Saraya acoustic guitar intro, but toughens up appreciably by mid section. At the halfway stage it transforms into a progressive rock piece. Interesting.
The guitars come out to play for 'Mr Freaky', more 80's inspired goodness.
The band spank it up for the racy rocker 'Hit The Road Again' with unmistakable 80's riffs that will be familiar to regular GDM readers. The lead synth and guitar solos fly off the handle like hot sparks.
'Free Fallin' is a gorgeous acoustic ballad with great vocals all round.
'City Lights' lifted from 2017's EP features thick bass lines backed by an overall professional sheen.
'Monkey - Spirit' heads into double overdrive with brutal intensity, putting paid to any notion that this band is all hair and all wimp. This sounds pretty metally to me.
Next up is the most AOR track on the album 'Show That Feelin', like a female version of Roxus and Valentine.
The album is concluded by two further tracks: the fiery rocker 'Lighthouse' and the finale 'Here I Am', a piano laced ballad which does lift.
White Highway have a few social media links so should be able to find them easily enough on the net. Instagram, ReverbNation, YouTube, and of course Facebook. Instead though, we've just put their main website up as the link.
If you go to their ReverbNation site, you'll find some of their tracks up there and available to listen. Give them a go. Worth a shot in my books, if you're into female fronted melodic rock.
VideoWhite Highway - Lighthouse
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