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  • Lauren Nolan

Review: "Wings" - Satellite Train

Newly formed supergroup Satellite Train's lead single, "Wings," is an emphatic rock anthem straight from another era. With sounds reminiscent of definitive rock icons like Bruce Springsteen and Journey, "Wings" is destined to be a future classic. Satellite Train balances an impressive feat in paying homage to the classic acts of old while still feeling of the time. It is a classic yet modern rock anthem. As a song, "Wings" is dynamic in every sense it can be. With fun instrumental and vocal switch-ups, a palpably vigorous energy pours out of the track. In just a four-minute runtime, Satellite Train takes listeners on a sonic trip.

The strength of "Wings" is its passionate and robust sound. Lead vocalist Michael Paynter, known for his work in the band Icehouse, delivers a powerful performance. The way he achieves such vocal acrobatics that still emotionally resonate with the song's lyrics is quite impressive. Paynter's vocals give the song life, from his crooning of the "The lonely voices echo" lyric to the full-on belting in the bridge. And the musical accompaniment follows suit. The upbeat, pulsating drumline to the guitar riffs, which start sounding quaint and acoustic and gradually build up, makes "Wings" a truly grand song.

Satellite Train is a supergroup formed by various rock musicians across Australia and America. Alongside Michael Paynter, members include My Chemical Romance's Jamie Muhoberac, John Watson from James Reyne, Chris Chaney of Jane's Addiction, Randy Jacobs from The Boneshakers, John McCall of The Black Sorrows, Pasquale Monea of Stephen Cummings, as well as, Shane O'Mara and Randy Jacobs of Paul Kelly. With as much talent and awards between them, the band is set on creating new and exciting rock outputs. What started out as a fun side gig for the artists has become an exciting, up-and-coming new project with successful results. Currently, Satellite Train has over 35,000 streams and 455 monthly listeners on Spotify. The band currently has one body of work, their album, "The Melbourne Sessions," named after the city they recorded in. The album is filled with innovative new rock tunes, including "Wings," and is available to listen to on streaming services now.

Written By Lauren Nolan


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