Album review by Bob Silvestri – Best of WNY

First Ward is the latest project from Buffalo based artist Zak Ward and Live at Raven is a five song EP teaser as the band (Zak Ward-guitar/vocals, Dave Harris-guitar, Josh Mullin-bass and Steve Tripi-drums) finishes recording their full length album. Ward and Mullin’s previous bands include Son of The Son and Last Conservative respectively. The title refers to the studio where the EP was recorded with Mike Zeis, John Richter and Sean Szymanski on production duty. Jay Zubricky and Allen Farmelo added their mixing and mastering skills at GCR Audio and The Snow Farm. The disc also gave the band a chance to go out and road test the material before a live audience in between studio sessions. The five songs are an invigorating mix of alternative rock, pop and bits of jazz and folk. Musicianship and attention to details in songwriting, arrangements and production is abundant here. Stand out tracks include “Clapper’s Bell”, “Lost” and “You’re Not Alone”. For more information about First Ward and their new EP Live at Raven visit www.firstwardmusic.com or www.facebook.com/firstwardmusic

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