NYC's TEMPT blend nostalgia with cutting-edge freshness on their new self-titled album, sounding like they’re on the way to being the next modern rock phenomenon.
In the short span since their inception, New York’s TEMPT have cultivated a distinctive yet familiar style that exudes both fun and authenticity. Comprised of Zach Allen on lead vocals, Harrison Marcello on lead guitar, Christopher Gooden on bass, and Nicholas Burrows on drums, the band have harnessed an electricity that echoes the grandeur of '70s and '80s classic rock with the modern feel of bands like Fall Out Boy and even a little Panic At The Disco.
The band's new self-titled album, co-produced and mixed by Grammy Award-winner Chris Lord-Alge (Harry Styles, Foo Fighters, Muse) alongside Marcello at Sticky Audio Labs in NYC, bears witness to their burgeoning prowess.
The shimmering AOR-sounding anthem “Burn Me Down” shows a band wise beyond their years as far as songwriting goes, but with a promising future still in front of them if they keep it up. You’d think these guys have been at it for decades already as this four-minute blast of perfect pop-rock flies out of your speakers, forcing you to sing along. If you’re old enough, it’ll remind you of driving on the freeway in the '80s with the window down, and that exact moment you discovered an exciting new band on FM radio. TEMPT have that rare gift of being able to revisit the past musically without getting stuck in it.
Describing the single's essence, Allen discloses, "Our new single 'Burn Me Down' delves into the intense and addictive nature of a toxic love. It encapsulates the bittersweet realization that someone holds the power to engulf you entirely, even when the relationship is far from healthy. The song candidly articulates the internal tug-of-war that arises when we're irresistibly drawn to a consuming fire."
I think that’s something we can all relate to from sometime in our lives.
"Roses” is sure to grow on you after a listen or two, it’s a joyful tribute to the human spirit's resilience and the potency of positive vibes. Although it fires on all cylinders, you won’t find any guns here, just roses. Adding to the record's diversity, there’s also "Living Dangerous," featuring Dorothy, originally featured on the soundtrack for the 2022 Better Noise horror film The Retaliators.
TEMPT has already grabbed nationwide attention by sharing the stage as the opener for bands as diverse as Iron Maiden, Shinedown, Alter Bridge, and Theory Of A Deadman. Probably most notably, the band have already lived a dream by opening for Bon Jovi at their hometown Madison Square Garden.