Chris Leyva continues his upward trajectory with his new group the Dead 67’s and new album, Real Life. Leyva is prolific to a fault, but his latest really is his best. The band provides the perfect backing for his tunes, a solid rock band that wears it’s influences well – in this case a mix of rock, glam, punk and powerpop. Highlights include 4 great singles “New Life” a throwback to White Album’s Beatle , others include the gloomy but haunting ” Whos Gonna miss you” with his signature whiskey laced voice. Amongst other gems ” Heart Soul Rock N Roll” a Salute to the Clash, and the heartfelt “I Miss you” a minimalistic approach to the rest of the album simply a guitar vocal drums and bass is a tender but confessional song reminiscent of 1970′ Lennon’s Plastic Ono band. The album offers ton’s of beatle tricks and gimmicks and instrumentation found on the beatle’s “Revolver” but yet maintains its own “Leyva signature” on production. Although the songs are sometimes fun in the spirit of celebrating the single life of a Rockstar, it journeys in to the life of a musician . It isn’t always Glitz and glamour it is also long nights on the road, sleeping away from home and the memories of lovers gone bye.
Knowing Leyva’s history, even though this is a new disc, he’s likely already working on another, but this is a benchmark album that will be hard for him to top. If you’re new to the vast archive of Leyva recordings start here, while long time fans will find it a mandatory addition to their music collections.”