The words “garage punk” get tossed around a lot and usually miss their mark.  However, The Cynz, who hail from New Jersey are just that – a band that, upon first listen, reminds me of the late ’70’s and the CBGB’s scene (naturally – except I’m from New York; I was there as a kid, frequently).  Fronted by the charming Cyndi Dawson on lead vocals, she brings a natural dynamic stage presence to the band and knows how to work the crowd.  Charisma is everything and she has it.  She delivers the emotion of the songs with a lot of spirit – for that’s what the songs on this EP are – spirited.  In the mixed vein of the Dolls, Blondie, Patti Smith and Joan Jett, here is that vibe with good production and catchy tunes.  With guitarist/vocalist Henry Seiz as co-writer, they deliver 5 neat, driving numbers that move, move, move.

Guitars, tight drums and throbbing bass – while being framed by Cyndi’s song/speak vocals.  The familiarity of the style is a welcomed old friend.  “Leave Me Alone” is an in-your-face break-up song in the best, classic style of Suzi Quatro or Debbie Harry.  Nice harmonies color the chorus on “Weight Of The World” and “Blame It On The Kiss” is a definite radio oriented track.

Give this band a try – see them live (they perform a lot) – and let it rock.  The Cynz are go!

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Rob Ross

Rob Ross has been, for good, bad or indifferent, involved in the music industry for over 30 years - first as guitarist/singer/songwriter with The Punch Line, then as freelance journalist, producer and manager to working for independent and major record labels. He resides in Staten Island, New York with his wife and cats; he works out a lot, reads voraciously, loves Big Star and his orange Gretsch. Doesn't that make him neat?

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