Perhaps you’ve seen the bumper stickers all over town- Hastings –
A Real R’nR’ band. Quite a claim for any band, but on the strength of their
live shows and their most recent CD titled School Of Hard Knocks
, Hastings can make that claim.
Formed in 1997 from past members of the Downtown Rebels and Hoogie
and the Bluesbombers, Hastings have been honing their skills by relentless
live performances. They have already
built a strong base in the Southtowns and now have set their sites
on Ohio and Pennsylvania. The band ,made up of Tom Hastings (vocals), Brian
Best (guitars), Shane Davis (bass), Randy Barnard (rhythm guitar)
and Kevin Walgate (drums) rocks hard in the tradition of The Black Crowes
with a dash of Guns ‘n’ Roses thrown in for flavor.
The lyrics written by Tom Hastings tend to deal with lost love, found love
and the hopes and dreams for the future that everyone wants. The other
members of the band add their talents by writing the music to the lyrics.
The ten tracks on the cd follow the traditional rock and roll approach
of driving drums and bass with liberal guitar lines and solos. They
also employ the use of keyboards and saxes on selected cuts. In the future
this should help to round out and fatten their sound.
Some of the better tracks on the CD include “When I See You”, “Into
The Night”, “My Best To You” and my personal favorite , the “arena-rock”
ballad, “Livin’ Lies”. On this track the very fine guitar work of Brian
Best is on display. While Best shines throughout the disc, this track best
illustrates the influence of the late great Stevie Ray Vaughan has on his
So if you like your headbanging rock with a melodic touch, Hastings is
a “Real R’n R’ Band” for you. This CD can be obtained at any of the bands
shows or by visiting them at www.hastingsband.com.