Crush(Red Fields Entertainment)
The press release for this, the debut from the local prog rock outfit the Krypton Monkeys, boasts that the band makes the kind of music that was popular 30 years ago but still gets airplay today. That's an apt summary of the disc, which sounds like it was recorded during another era. It doesn't come as a surprise that Asia keyboardist Erik Norlander was the guy to encourage Krypton singer-guitarist Ron Redfield to put this band together. Songs such as album opener "Selfish Love" and "Last Refrain" feature the kind of breathless vocals you used to hear in Asia tunes. These guys can certainly play — the guitar work in "Save Me" is spectacular — but their approach sounds terribly outdated. Recorded at Suma Recording, the album sounds sharp too. It just doesn't sound relevant.
The Krypton Monkeys perform with Tim Bradach at 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 24, at the Beachland Tavern.