The Syracuse based band, Big Sexy and the Scrambled Eggs, released their debut album this summer. Road Less Traveled was recorded at More Sound Studios and the sound and production of this album is top tier. These guys did not skimp on this record one bit! Now let’s pick this record apart a bit.
Road Less Traveled opens with the blues drenched “Milk and Honey”. First impressions say this band is blues at their core, with a little bit of funk to their step. I like the guitar interplay of AJ Jazzy Guinto and Corey Fleming right out of the gate. The back and forth guitar banter that begins this song makes me envision a couple drunk old dudes bickering a point until they finally agree.
Like an exclamation point on that first impression, “Garlic Power” is a deep blues song about a young man’s introduction to the world of wax, although I’m pretty sure it obtains its name from their guitarist Jazzy’s deep affection for garlic bread and cured meats.
This is where this record takes a turn and shows why you should not assume this band’s genre. There’s a series of “back porch in July” kind of feel good songs that have all the characteristics of great timeless classics, where the songwriting is on point and the song leaves you unable to stop smiling.
“The Things We Do” is a coming of age song, where a young man realizes how to channel his shitty outlook into something positive. One can only assume the lyrics are autobiographical. I love the irony in this song, beginning with the thoughts of a man struggling to find his way in this world. By the songs end, that once lost young man has evolved into dispensing wit and wisdom to perhaps help another struggling soul find their way – “Now, if you woke up on the wrong side of the bed then I have some advice for you – take a look in the mirror and smile before you do…”
“Up In Smoke” is a happy ode to the greener things in life, with a tempo and melody that resembles a leisurely stroll down a nature trail, while passing a joint back and forth with a pal. “Headway” is the fruit of a recent writer’s retreat that singer, Austin Rheinbolt, went on with Ryan Montbleau. It has every characteristic of a great song, with a driving bass line, a hopeful message, and an anthemic chorus. It’s hard to pick a favorite song on this album, but this is one of mine.
The title song, “Road Less Traveled” gives me all the feels of a good southern rock tune. The first notes and opening rhythm of this song legit make me feel like I’m listening to something ABB or WSP. These young men are mastering their craft and this album shows it!
“Solar Flare” is the record’s only instrumental. It’s clear that this is the song that allows BSSE to detach the safety line and float out to space in a live environment. Only five plus minutes on the CD, this song has the potential to grow legs and become whatever space monster it will be at that particular live show. Yet another reason to NEVER miss BSSE live!
The album turns back the other way for the rocker, “Six Feet Deep,” almost as if the band was reminding you not to forget that they can rock your face off of your head any time they feel so inclined.
Road Less Travelled concludes with “What The Funk?” – this is the newest song on the album and you can hear the maturity in the songwriting. I was privileged enough to discover these madmen four years ago. It has been a music fan’s dream to see these guys evolve from a young party band of brothers, into the next big thing on the CNY jam band scene. The growth of their musicianship is outrageous. “What the Funk?” displays this effectively and I can’t wait to see what stellar heights they will achieve, come three or four years from now. Come on Yolks! I urge you to jump on into the frying pan with me. It’s getting hot in here!
Big Sexy and the Scrambled Eggs are a band on fire right now and a group to keep an eye on. There’s no predicting where their road will lead, but be sure that they will be bigger tomorrow than they are today. The Road Less Traveled is a well rounded debut album that has been perfectly presented. Pick up a copy at any BSSE live show, or look them up on Spotify. Welcome to your new favorite album!