Let me tell you about singer-songwriter John McDonough’s EP, “We’ll Answer The Call.” This guy knows how to work his medium like a carpenter works wood, molding together the knobs and crannies to create a polished and interesting body of work. And let me tell you, he’s got some serious storytelling skills from a bygone-era.
But wait, there’s more! This EP is a concept album that follows the story of Joe Rantz and the Washington Huskies rowing program in the 1930s. Yeah, we’re talking about Olympic gold here. McDonough pulls you in with his stirring acoustic guitar melodies and triumphant choruses, making you feel like you’re right there in the journey.
And let’s talk about McDonough’s vocals, they’ve got a way of marinating in your ears and really making you feel something. He’s all about self-discovery and self-acceptance, which he explores in tracks like “Love You Just For You” and “Among The Stars”. But it’s the title track, “We’ll Answer The Call”, that really brings it home with its majestic and restlessly centered-gliding force. The full band sound gives a boost to McDonough’s ‘every man sound’ and makes this EP a definite win. Check it out at johnmcdonoughlive.com.