January 1, 2021, will mark two important events: the release from the odd year that was 2020, and the official debut release of Freeway Jam’s new single “Orange Crush” on Full Force Music. Mixed and mastered by Leon Karpovich at Shadow Sound Design, this will be the first of several singles from Freeway Jam in 2021.
The 3-piece Pottsville, PA based rock trio is known for their tasteful guitar-driven instrumentals that delve into their jazz, funk, and blues influences. On “Orange Crush” we are treated to a laidback, yet engaging track that showcases the band’s signature sound.
Sterling Koch masterfully leads us through the track on guitar while Kate Koch on bass and John Goba on drums lock in a steady rhythm that drives the track forward. Flourishes of an extra recorded guitar part from Sterling are added in here and there to fill in the midrange between Sterling’s soaring leads and Kate’s driving bass foundations. The sound is reminiscent of cruising down the freeway on a warm summer day with the top down, a clear blue sky above you and a cool breeze blowing through your hair.
Halfway through the track we see a dynamic shift that brings the trio down to a calm restrain, almost standstill, until it’s built back up to a roaring highpoint. The guitar solo here from Sterling is passionate and fiery, showing that the veteran guitarist still has the same excellent melodicism and technique from his days playing leads in the Sterling Cooke Force. We’re then taken back to the main refrain of the song where the band rides us out to the end of the song.
“Orange Crush” is an enticing debut release from Freeway Jam and if the following singles are anything like this then there’s great excitement for 2021. It’s a classic sound for sure, but it’s a refreshing and satisfying experience with each repeated listen.
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