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Young hearts, rock free tonight.

Apologies to Rod Stewart for the slight twist on his lines from "Young Turks," but East Syracuse band Lee Terrace could use my version as their motto.

(Indie/alternative rock) "Lee Terrace"Lee Terrace, independent recording

Their self-titled collection of seven original songs proves that guitarist and singer Kevin Metzger, bassist and singer Mike Sloan and drummer P.J. Sweeney know a thing or three about rock 'n' roll with heart.

And they're all teenagers. Metzer, 15, and Sloan, 16, are in the sophomore and junior classes, respectively, at East Syracuse-Minoa High School. At 18, Sweeney's the eldest of the group and is a freshman at Onondaga Community College.

They mix elements of jam and progressive styles with wisdom beyond their years.

The CD starts with the rich and golden "Crystal Canyon," with pretty two-part harmony layered with screaming guitar riffs and big beats.

They inject some Southern rock-style guitar into "Fillet," coupled with the soothing lyric, "Gonna watch the sun go down in this small town."

"Prime," all nine tasty minutes of it, takes center stage as the epic rocker with big guitar riffs and massive drums as they lay it all on the line. To prove even that wasn't enough, they close the CD with "Prime Reprise," three minutes more that could be subtitled "The Joy of Playing Rock." - Syracuse Post Standard


4-piece group Lee Terrace provided the direct support. A very young looking band, their songs were diverse and unique, offering a wide range of influence and rhythmic texture. Incorporating jam, rock, and touches of punk and ska, their writing seems to be a free-for-all. With some dedicated woodshed time, I feel they have lots of potential to entertain.
The first thing at struck me was the Bass player… The kid is solid. As primary singer, his higher range was complemented by the occasional harmony by the keyboard player, who exchanged microphone duties throughout the set. The guitarist was also a good player. The biggest detractor from the set was the drummer. Hanging back a touch would greatly benefit the group as a whole. Good “House Of The Rising Sun” cover, fellas! - Upstate Live


Discography

River The By Down [2012]
Down By The River (EP) [2012]
Lee Terrace (EP) [2008]

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Formed in 2007 in East Syracuse Lee Terrace has slowly begun to make itself known in the Syracuse music scene. This is because the band strives to provide fans and listeners with thrilling live shows coupled with unique songs and skillful musician ship. A bit heavier than the contemporary jam-band, Lee Terrace prides its sound on a mixture of influences ranging from Jazz and Progressive Rock, to Funk, Southern Rock, and even Punk.

With the electrifying guitar work of Kevin Metzger, booming bass playing of Mike Sloan, thunderous drumming of Pj Sweeney, and the keyboard wizardry of Ken Hanley the band has recently made a splash in the Syracuse music scene by securing a spot as one of four finalists in the all CNY 2010 Monster Energy Drink Battle of the Bands. Lee Terrace has also had the privilege of playing with many national and regional acts such as Tim Reynolds, The Radiators, The Heavy Pets, Perpetual Groove, The Brew, U-Melt, Timbre Coup, Aqueous, and more!

The band currently plans on releasing a brand new album for Fall 2012 entitled “River The By Down” featuring new songs and old fan favorites. The album is a follow up to their 2008 Debut EP, which Mark Bialczak of the Syracuse Post Standard gave a positive review saying that the band “know(s) a thing or three about rock ‘n’ roll with heart.”