Music Review: "Something for Nothing" single by PG Naylor
The prolific Australia-based singer-songwriter PG Naylor, who recently released his latest single “Something for Nothing,” has always loved rock-n-roll. Hits by Bill Haley and His Comets, Elvis Presley and Buddy Holly provided the soundtrack to his early years, and set him up for a love affair with music that would last a lifetime.
His personal music journey began as a teenager, when he tried to make his own guitar as a 15-year-old. Though the attempt ultimately proved unsuccessful, he did receive the instrument as a Christmas gift from his parents that same year. He joined his first band three years later. It was around this time that he fell in love with The Beatles and The Kinks.
In previous interviews PG spoke about his influences: “I always try to write songs that carry that 60s beat and the lyrics (mostly) are sort of ‘tongue-in-cheek’ stories of things that have happened (or could have happened) to me.” Indeed, “Something for Nothing” sounds like it was written by someone who could be an authentic member of the baby boomer generation.
That being said, the track’s quick tempo, amazing vocals, killer guitar solos, and general strong vintage vibes gives it the same qualities as the classic jams of several decades prior, though, probably closer to the late 60s or early 70s, since I can hear influences that range from Dire Straits to The Who.
But, what makes PG Naylor’s work stand out to me is the spirit in which he does it. Turns out, that unlike the mega rock stars of the generations that came before us, his music is not about the lifestyle, or the fame, or the money. Rather, it’s a skill and passion that he channels to do some much needed social good.
According to the press release:
“In keeping with the song’s theme of “Something for Nothing,” it’s important to mention PG and his group’s ongoing charity work with Bo Children's Hospital in Sierra Leone. Expecting nothing in return, the band has raised $50k for the hospital over 8 years. All monies collected from their concerts goes directly from the band to the hospital, with no middle man to muddy the waters.”
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