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Joshua DeGrasse-Baumann
Editorial Staff

Vintage Blue, a five-piece rock band, will release their first full-length album, “Strike the Mics,” on Valentine’s Day.

Fittingly, the album is largely a collection of love songs, with the typical mix of upbeat and downtrodden to choose from.

“Strike the Mics” draws its content from songwriters Ben Bassett and Ryan Tibbs who, according to a press release, both recently left long-term relationships. Both wrote and sang their own portions of the album.

The albums lead single, “Speak,” is definitely one of the strongest tracks. Described as “recognizing love and not quite being able to get it,” Bassett sings a hauntingly upbeat, but depressing love story.

“’’cuz when my girl speaks / there’s no one else around / and when you feel alone / my girl’s voice will bring you home,” Bassett sings in the chorus, but later sings “oh that diamond ring don’t mean a thing / when you know it should be you and me.”

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