"The Origins of Schmitty"
"The five-piece ensemble of Cody Tarbox on bass, Bryan Williams on guitar and vocals, Alex Khoury on guitar and vocals, Seth Bykowski on saxophone and vocals, and Colin Gray on drums have developed a catchy original sound that blends influences from rock, funk, jam, surf, and indie. Witty Tarbox’s debut full-length album, Origins Of Schmitty succeeds at capturing the essence of the band’s high energy live performances in tight studio precision.
Origins Of Schmitty is anchored by the pulsing rhythm created by Tarbox and Gray. Khoury and Williams’ blend of guitar rhythms and leads deliver a strong groove and at times a sense of urgency throughout the album. Bykowski’s work on saxophone adds a high energy hook and is tastefully deployed throughout the album.
Highlights from the album include the pop-esque track “Fa Napoli,” upbeat track “Goodbye Jackie,” and instrumental “Kokiri” which features Aqueous guitarist Mike Gantzer on guitar.
Origins Of Schmitty is available now on streaming and download platforms."
-Show The Show
"The opening track, “Group Therapy”, is a slow-paced indie track that opens the album powerfully. It’s very different in tone from the funky “Fa Napoli”, which is very different in tone from the funk and blues-influenced “Goodbye Jackie” (and these are all just the first three tracks) — but somehow, all of these tracks seem to define the fun, funky and original Witty Tarbox. Track eight, “A Universal Feeling or Two”, is erratic, upbeat, energetic and wonderfully fun (author’s note: my personal favorite track on the album). “Witty Tarbox is known for storytelling through the use of characters, glued together with infectious melodies, catchy lyrics, and groovy rhythms. In just a short amount of time, they have captivated audiences with their stage presence and antics, allowing them to gather a rapidly growing following”, states their bio. And they’re 100% right — they are infectious, catchy and groovy all in one package. Origins of Schmitty is worth a listen (or seven consecutive listens)."