• Mon. Jun 24th, 2024

Straight Six – Denver Rockers Explode Onto the Scene With Their Debut EP!

Straight Six is out of Denver, Colorado. Until a few weeks ago I was not familiar with the group, but upon seeing them open for Dio Disciples in concert last month and being blown away by their stage show, I knew I had to explore more of their music. To date, the group has recorded one EP, with more recordings on the way.

Straight Six is comprised of vocalist Jay Quintana, bassist Glen Drieth, Eric Schaudies on guitar, and Joey Shapiro (of the band XYZ) on drums. It’s only been about a year since the group formed, but they’ve already begun drawing in a following. At the Dio Disciples show where I saw the band as a support act, I purchased their EP, which I’ve been listening to constantly since then. And it’s time to give it a review.



The group’s high energy live show got my attention, and I’m pleased to announce the EP certainly doesn’t disappoint. There are only six tracks on here, but for its duration of just under 25 minutes, these tracks hold your attention. It’s a rock and roll party reminiscent of sounds from the old Sunset Strip days and early Van Halen, with fantastic work from all the musicians. These guys are musically talented and proficient but clearly have a good time and don’t always take the lyrical themes too seriously, as is beautifully demonstrated in the opening cut, “Black and Blue.”

Most of the tracks on here are straightforward rockers, but the group branches out with a handful of slower and more melodic cuts as well. My personal favorite track on the record is “Old Back Road,” with backing vocals which feel like they could have come from an Enuff Z’Nuff song. From the release’s opening moments to going out with a bang on closing cut 21 Guns (not a cover of the Green Day song) this EP kicks ass.

The guys in Straight Six make great music and have a fantastic time doing it. Bring on the next release! But in the meantime, be sure to pick up this EP. Any fan of old school rock and roll from the classic Sunset Strip era and/or old Van Halen will love what these guys have to offer. Highly recommended.

By Taylor T Carlson

Taylor T Carlson Assistant Editor/Senior Staff Writer Taylor T. Carlson was born August 17, 1984, and has called the Vegas Valley home his entire life. A die-hard fan of classic rock and metal music, Taylor has been writing album and concert reviews since he was 16 years old, and continues to do so, having done well over 1,000 reviews. He is also a fan of video gaming and cinema, and has reviewed a number of games and films as well, old and new alike. His thorough and honest (some would say brutally honest) reviewing style has won him the respect of hundreds of music fans and musicians alike, both local and abroad, and the ire of just as many others. Despite being one of the youngest attendees at classic hard rock/metal shows around Vegas, he is also one of the most knowledgeable, having gained the unofficial nickname of “The Eddie Trunk of Las Vegas.” In addition to reviews, Taylor has written and self-published three books on classic hard rock bands, and is a regular participant in rock and roll trivia contests. Taylor also holds a masters degree in special education from the University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV), and has appeared on the hit History Channel television series Pawn Stars. His dream is to be able to one day make a living from writing music books and reviews.

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