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The best kept secret in music


"Birmingham Weekly"

Jacob, Dave and Mark- the three guys who make up Lynam- are everything your mother warned you about, short of being serial killers. But actually the trio could get away with murder, because they'd burst into song at their trial, and by the end, everyone would be having so much fun that they'd be acquitted, especially if Jacob climbed onto the judge's podium to play one of his guitar solos. This is arena rock magic at it's finest, folks. Even mom can't resist. - Ken McCracken

"Musician magazine"

Birmingham has a gem and it's name is Lynam. These guys rock! - Philip Hopkins

"Alternative Addiction"

Mars Electric were in the wrong place at the wrong time, their catchy brand of hard-edged pop didn’t really fit into the music climate, which back in the early part of the millennium was host to the likes of Limp Bizkit and Korn. After putting together the second album the band was dropped by Portrait/Columbia and the album was subsequently never released in the States. Atenzia later picked up the album for a European only release. However, bandleader and main songwriter Jacob Bunton has resurfaced in the Birmingham Alabama outfit Lynam, where he once again appears to be pulling all the strings. Indeed it is difficult to hear where Mars Electric ends and Lynam begins especially when ‘Descend’-which appears on ‘Fame Among the Vulgar’-makes a welcome return on ‘Life in Reverse’. In Bunton’s own words “it never got a release over here so I thought it was about time”. It would seem that Lynam has lovingly adopted the Mars Electric songs, and quite why they have remained dormant for quite so long is a mystery given the undoubted quality on offer here. ‘Tanis’, ‘Loved By Everyone’ and ‘Last Chance’ rock out with abandon, hooks, and song writing know how, whilst slow burners, the aforementioned ‘Descend’ and ‘Letting Go’ fit seamlessly together with pop rock gems like the quite awesome ‘In Case You Didn’t Know’. Butch Walker may get all the plaudits for his song writing genius, but Jacob Bunton aka Jacob Lynam is ready to take up that mantle. Until the release of a brand new album ‘Slave To The Machine’ in early 2005, we’ll just have to make do with one of the essential releases of 2004.Superb. - Mike Newdeck

"Pop Matters"

For a band titling their album Bling! Bling!, Lynam display a complete lack of pretension. There's no high concept, flashy image or affectation going on here, just 29 minutes and 10 songs of pure, unadulterated, unassuming scuzzy rock 'n' roll, pop-punk and bizarrely enough, bluegrass. The Birmingham, Alabama quartet feature Mars Electric mainman Jacob Bunton -- even though his surname, like the rest of the band is credited (with more than a pinch of self-depreciating humour), as Lynam -- among their ranks, and he is the band's main songwriter/creator of anarchy. The instant melody of opener "Della" bursts out of the blocks and melds Beatle-esque harmonies with a dirty, low-down riff and vibe. The tongue-in-cheek "Disco King" follows suit before the band's wonderful weirdness comes to the fore: the Run DMC-influenced "Waste My Life" showcases a melodic rap-hard rock sound, while "Dixie River Gun Runners" is a frantic, yet utterly compelling bluegrass tune -- I never thought I'd write that. Meanwhile, the excellent "Bemused and "Gonna Getchoo" return to a blistering rock sound while the thoughtful and brooding "Losing Venus" sounds like a Mars Electric outtake. Mars Electric are due to make a welcome return on Atenzia Records in April, but until then, get hold of this spirited collection of energetic and diverse rock at all costs.
      -- Andrew Ellis - Bling! Bling!

"99 Rock, WKSM"

Lynam is a band That can actually play. Their live shows are awesome! After seeing the band live, I was humming their tunes for the next week. Kevin McKay, WKSM - Kevin McKay

"WRAX, 107.7 The X"

I knew that when we played Lynam we’d get a good response from the fan base, but I had no idea how much it would react with everyone. The phones went through the roof. They are a great band and a pleasure to work with. But I’m not doing them any favors, When I play Lynam, I don’t think of it as playing a local band, I think of it as playing a hit. - Susan Groves, Program Director

"Southern Jam Online"

The last Mars Electric album, Fame Among The Vulgar, was in my top five CDs of 2003 list. So, as you can imagine, I was really looking forward to hearing the latest effort from Jacob Bunton’s current band, Lynam. From the opening chords of the power pop anthem Loved By Everyone to the final sing along chorus of Last Chance, this disc is an absolute must have for any fan of guitar driven power pop. There is not a single dud on this disc. Musically, it certainly does display current music trends but at the same time wears 80’s influences proudly on the sleeve without being branded as retro. Songs such as the monstrous rocker Tanis and radio-ready power ballad Descend showcase multiple guitar tracks that are reminiscent of a Hysteria era Def Leppard complete with big vocals that just suck you into the overall feel of the production itself. The powerhouse rhythm section of drummer David Lynam and bassist Mark Dzier are the perfect compliment to the vocals and amazing guitar work throughout. With producer duties handled in fine form by Jason Elgin and Jacob Bunton, catch a show on their current tour to grab this disc or visit their web site for more information:

Produced by Jason Elgin and Jacob Bunton - Marc Bryant

"Ink 19"

Life In Reverse


Lynam comprises a couple of former members of Mars Electric, and continues that band’s brand of high energy modern rock. But with lead singer Jacob Bunton credited as Jacob Lynam (and also listed as playing the mandolin), there’s a tongue in cheek element to this trio.

Opener “Loved By Everyone” is an enjoyable slab of immensely catchy modern rock, complete with ironic ‘80s-style gang vocals. “Everybody’s Girl” has a hilarious keyboard riff that masks the dark theme of profiling a helpless prostitute. “Descend” is a mid-paced ballad that first appeared on Mars Electric’s most recent album. “In Case You Didn’t Know” is a lot more upbeat, with a driving pop-rock vibe and insistent melody.

Lynam’s website ( suggests that the band members don’t take themselves too seriously. But judging by the quality of most of the tunes on Life In Reverse, maybe they should.

- Life In Reverse


White Trash Superstar (2002)
Bling! Bling! (2003)
Life In Reverse (2004)
Slave To The Machine (2006)


Feeling a bit camera shy


Hailing from Birmingham, Alabama, Lynam was formed in March of 2001. The band has self-released three albums ( White Trash Superstar-2002, Bling! Bling!-2003, Life In Reverse-2004) and have sold several thousand copies on their own. "White Trash Superstar" and "Life In Reverse" were produced by Jason Elgin (Collective Soul, Creed) and Bling! Bling! was produced by Jason Elgin and mixed by Patrick Thrasher and Jimbo Barton (Godsmack, Metallica, Motley Crue). The album's first single "Disco King" was produced by Joey Donatello (Michael Jackson, R. Kelly, Toni Braxton) at Sound Factory Studios in Chicago, IL. "Bling! Bling!" received much radio play from several stations across the U.S., including WRAX in Birmingham where the song "Disco King" was the most requested song in history of the 5 O'clock Work Release.
In 2003, Lynam's song "The Party Starts Now" was featured in the 20th Century Fox movie "Catch That Kid". They were also asked to contribute a song to Scooby Doo 2 the same year. The band has developed a huge following in the Southeast from their energetic live shows and constant touring schedule. Lynam has toured or played shows with Saliva, Puddle Of Mudd, Trapt, Default, Smile Empty Soul, Andrew W. K., The Warped Tour etc. Lynam were signed to DRT Entertainment (Lit, Clutch) in August of 2005 by legendary A&R Guru Derick Shulman (Bon Jovi, Cinderella, Tears For Fears). Their new album entitled "Slave To The Machine" is set for release January 2006.