TV’S DANIEL: Self-titled: 7”

It takes a lot of guts and confidence to name a band after yourself. It’s clear from the start that you best have the talent to back it up, lest your own damn name becomes attached to mediocrity. This is something Daniel Fried (aka TV’s Daniel) will never have to concern himself with. Just a quick scan down the abundant list of bands he has been or is currently in shows he’s got the skills to pay the bills. Musically, the two songs on this debut single do manage to pull some elements from prior projects, but TV’s Daniel has its own thing going on. He plays anthemic pop/rock that hasn’t been done correctly in almost thirty years, but without all the trappings of the 1980s. I’ve listened to this record five times in a row and couldn’t stop myself from singing along, even if I wanted to. I don’t think I’ve ever name checked The Soft Boys in a record review, but I am now. At the time of this writing, the summer is half over but I am telling you right now this is the jam of the summer. Full album and extensive tour please! –Ty Stranglehold (Wild Honey, wildhoneyrecords.bandcamp.com)