A distinct voice, a rocking guitar and a sound that begs to be heard, rocker Mike DeFoy delivers two, highly-enjoyable songs in “Glass Houses” and “Poison Kiss”. Holding his listener to a higher regard for modern rock with a melodic rock finish, DeFoy’s Chicago roots run deep in these two audacious tunes. Like a flick of the jukebox, DeFoy transports that ever-loving 80s rock into the current spotlight.
Listen to Poison Kiss on Spotify. Mike DeFoy · Single · 2020 · 1 songs.
Breaking down the walls and shattering what he calls a grand illusion, DeFoy, oozes a fresh voice into a bursting music bed. The song is ripping at the seams with guitar wavelengths shooting from the songs center. At the core of the song, besides the guitar, the cymbal-heavy percussion blasts away. It’s got a great backbeat, and the rhythmic bass parts parcel themselves more than adequately as nice little gifts. DeFoy, best known for his tenure with the Sky Pilot Rock and Roll Band out of Chicago, has a great confidence and comfort behind the mic.
He brings the magic and the sound of a live performance into the recording studio. He’s right at home and “Glass Houses” has a clear vision of his guitar prowess. Not to mention, his voice has a timbre laced with a natural harmony. He hits all the right notes with both the constant guitar, and his magnetic vocals. This song took on several meanings to me, and I think what he’s singing about is the people can talk about his relationship with his significant other all they want, but he’s not going to allow them to break up what they have. He’s an open book, but he doesn’t have to explain himself or his relationship. I also thought the song might be about building a relationship on false pretenses, and wanting so bad for the other person to be what you thought they were originally. I liked how the guitar creates added drama, an additional character in the storyline.
In “Poison Kiss” DeFoy keeps getting put under the spell of a woman that cheats on him. He’s enamored with her, and he can’t help it. Again, the guitar and the bounty of a guitar and bass guitar conspire together under DeFoy’s direction. Tonight I miss your poison kiss, he sings. The listener absorbs his passion, his torn emotions. DeFoy takes extra steps to ensure that the listener is transfixed not only by the vocals and the murky music bed, but by the overall sound. He plays her game, only to feel like he’s on the losing end more than once.
Yet, like all of us have done at some point, the burn isn’t enough to stop from returning to the relationship. You can tell he really spent a lot of time on this track. The efforts paid off. At first listen, you might recall Alice Cooper’s “Poison” as a starting point, but that’s about all. DeFoy is all in, and his sound is uniquely his own. “Poison Kiss” has the beginnings to hit a trajectory up, up, up. It’s that good.
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