Rob Lynch

"All These Nights In Bars Will Somehow Save My Soul"

(Xtra Mile); Country Punk

By ​Phil ​Bennett

A simply put together lo-fi debut, Rob Lynch’s All These Nights In Bars Will Somehow Save My Soul is a highly enjoyable and quietly compelling listen.

Delivered in a “grab whatever chair you can” singalong style, its instrumentation is primarily acoustic, but its roots and earthy delivery are firmly entrenched in the raw spirit of grass roots punk.

The melodies are pure and whistleable but they’re sanded down with the rough edge of straining to be heard.
There’s something really uplifting about these songs, made all the more so by the replacement of standard chorus harmonies with joyous chants.

Which sort of makes you want to join in yourself. Put on My Friends And I, follow the bouncing ball and sing along with the invisible crowd.

“My friends & I we’ve got a lot to live for. My friends & I we live the good life - at least just for tonight.” Feels good doesn’t it?

There’s nothing complicated here - good songs that tell it how it is, great vocals and bundles of infectious enthusiasm.

Honest to the bottom of his shoes, Lynch is a singer/songwriter who sings like he’s looking you in the eye, and you’re not sure if that’s a glint or the edge of a tear. Songs for the people. Discover and enjoy.

​Phil ​Bennett

Musician, actor, singer, music reviewer, Phil’s interests cover a lot of bases and this is reflected in the music he writes about. From blues to soul, ambient to electronic, Phil writes about artists he feels are interesting, true to their craft and worthy of your ears.