Todd Hobin And The Heat – Turn It On [1984]

Todd Hobin And The Heat - Turn It OnFronting his own band, songwriter, vocalist and guitarist TODD HOBIN enjoyed considerable success in the Syracuse, New York area since the late Seventies. The group released three albums and some singles back in the day, and while he still performs with the original Todd Hobin Band and as solo artist, stopped recording (at least full albums) since the mid-Eighties when this miniLP “Turn It On” appeared in 1984.

“Turn It On” was the result of his new band assembled after the last tour he did, re-branded TODD HOBIN and The HEAT. The music inside is the typical radio-friendly melodic rock with AOR touches from the era, with the special flavor some independent bands had. Mostly are uptempo and melodious tunes, heavily synth dominated with strong guitars riffs. Todd has an ‘affected’ voice, and his style fits like a glove into these well written songs, simple and effective. Also keyboardist Doug Moncrief provides back-up lead vocals creating really smooth harmonies.

All are cool numbers, perhaps my favorite is the title track, featuring a very good mid-paced intro with a keyboard festival throughout the entire track. Added as bonus is “Far Away Eyes”, an outtake that in fact they did not included into the miniLP because is was not finished at the time of the recording. It’s one of the best tracks here, with some Franke & The Knockouts and Starship on it, and lots, lots of keyboards. Very nice for the collection!

Band Members
Todd Hobin – Lead vocals, guitars
Doug Moncrief – Lead/backing vocals, keyboards & guitars
Mark Novak – Bass, backing vocals
Shawn Hobin – Drums, backing vocals

Tracks
01. Everybody’s Girl
02. For A Girl Like You
03. She
04. Alibi
05. Turn It On
06. Far Away Eyes (outtake / bonus track)

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