The Lincoln Tunnel – Phone This One In
On their sophomore record, Phone This One In, The Lincoln Tunnel return with a digital box of left-of-the-dial toe tappers. Singer/Guitarist Christian Caldarone and the boys serve up a triple shot of the shake appeal stomp of “Bangkok,” the ’90s indie supersonic grind “Bedroom Eyes,” and the brooding “Kennedy Plaza” alone shows how the band can now expand its palette without sucking. Although I can’t help thinking when listening to the opening “Time’s Wasting,” yeah Caldarone, mine, the rest of the album grooves like the suburbs getting lit on a Friday night. They successfully nail meshing a hillbilly twang with a grunge chorus on “Interstate Interior,” and even their downer Christmas tune isn’t bad. I could have done without the closing “Start a Fire” where I don’t know if Caldarone is lyrically inspired by ’90s techno kings The Prodigy or trying to write another verse to the Billy Joel classic, but the rest of Phone This One In is pretty sweet.
The Lincoln Tunnel’s ‘Phone This One In’ review in ‘The Newp’
Alternative rock’s essence is capturing an emotion that doesn’t need fancy production or flashy sounds. Just a guitar, a bass, and a rhythm section will do along with the proper amount of amplification. The Lincoln Tunnel out of Providence achieves that with their sophomore album Phone This One In, which was put out via the Warren-based label 75orLess Records on December 7. Christian Caldarone leads the cavalry with his crooning voice and raw strums on the guitar. There’s also a powerpop sheen that’s adorned within the album from start to finish.
John Menard backs up Caldarone on lead guitar while his brother Keith blends his skills on bass with Mike Tomasso’s drumming. The musical tightness exhibited throughout Phone This One In is genuinely impressive. Caldarone’s lyrics are hard-hitting and honest to the point where there’s no confusion on what he’s really singing about. It’s an unapologetic and old-school take on a style that’s been continuously evolving since the early ‘80s. The Lincoln Tunnel’s new album can be enjoyed by music lovers both young and old.
Starting the album off is “Time’s Wasting” with Caldarone shouting at the top of his lungs. “Bedroom Eyes” has a pop-rock aesthetic while also having a consistent breakbeat. It echoes the songwriting of Paul Westerberg and Robert Pollard and it also maintains a bit of originality. Fitting for the holiday season, “Stay In Bed (This Christmas)” is a conflict of nostalgia and reality. John Menard has a sweet guitar solo that shines through too.
This rad band has a show coming up at Alchemy in Providence on December 28 with Boston rock act If We Go At All and fellow locals Nate Cozzolino & The Lost Arts and The Ghosts Of Industry. While you’re at the show, get a copy of Phone This One In. It’s real rock music with a lot of heart.
with If We Go At All, Ghosts of Industry, Nate Cozzolino and the Lost Arts
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1. Time’s Wasting
2. Bangkok Debutante
3. Bedroom Eyes
4. Kennedy Plaza
6. Phone This One In
7. Interstate Interior
8. Stay in Bed (This Christmas)
9. Who You Gonna Believe?
10. Start a Fire
Since the release of the band’s debut record Today 2.0 in 2015, the band has played throughout Rhode Island and
Massachusetts while morphing their sound into something new and fresh yet still familiar. This is all captured on the new
record, a diverse set of songs, both aggressive and delicate, abrasive and melodic.
The Lincoln Tunnel is Christian Caldarone, John Menard, Keith Menard, and Mike Tomasso
The debut release from the Lincoln Tunnel is a mess of indie rock, Americana and mariachi horns thrown together
like a Jackson Pollock painting where against all odds, it somehow works. – M. Clarkin, Motif
“Damn, I Wear It Well” begins this epic collection of brilliant songs with a circus-like romp, replete with a
bass played like a trombone, an attenuated oompah rhythm, and some scorching guitar….“Ordinary Sky” is
elevated psyche interspersed with an irresistible cascading guitar riff…“Line My Pockets” is a mysterious
and spacy yet upbeat and surly love song… the songs are smart and the band uses instrumentals like a
good painter mixes colors for effect. Definitely a band to watch. – Francis DiMenno, The Noise New England
with Six Star General, Today Junior, Psychotropics
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with Deaf Rhino and If We Go At All
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with Eric & the Nothing and If We Go At All
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