“Never hold back on what you love- for anything or anyone.” And by the love of the song, Restless-Alex Rahal’s debut record-erupted into existence.
Firstly known as the co-founder of the chameleonic, deep-grease funk, retro rock n roll band Them Vibes. Alex Rahal has been one of the principal songwriters in the band since its inception, penning musical hip-shakers colored in heavy groove, deep riffs, and lyrics tinged in psychedelia with an attitude that bops with 21st century beat poetry.
Rooted not only in bombast, his stylings strode effortlessly into soul music, co-writing many fire-hearted ballads- Pull You Through, It’s You, What Are We Fighting For, Best in Me- and soul power rhythm and blues songs- Smooth, Do It, Telephone, You Got Today- for Maggie Rose’s last two Muscle Shoals inspired records, Change The Whole Thing, and Have a Seat.
But when the year 2020 held the music industry hostage, Alex Rahal survived the best way he knows how: writing songs. “Songwriting saved my life,” he recounts. “It’s a lifeline where I can dive into the depths of myself and the world around me, and still surface to sing what I’ve seen.” And in a year of uncertainty and tumult Alex emerged with songs that are as societally poignant as they are deeply personal; standing eye to eye with loss, love, and the lostness of the 21st century human experience.
Enlisting the explosive musical talents of Bobby Holland, Them Vibes, and Rude Music, Rahal co-produced Restless with Holland and his musical brother in arms, and co-founder of Them Vibes, Larry (Brother Love) Florman. The result is a record that reminds the listener of McCartney’s 'Ram,' Neil’s 'After the Gold Rush,' and Petty’s 'Wildflowers,' to name a few, where space and sonic exploration, expertly executed by a royal flush of musicians, allow the honesty of Rahal’s songs to be in full bloom.
Asked why he decided to make this record, his response was simple: “Because I’m alive and therein lies the reason for everything worth pursuing.”