Bruce Wojick & The Struggle CD Release




Niagara Falls musicians Bruce Wojick, right, and Jaimie Holka are shown onstage this past summer at Artpark when Bruce Wojick & The Struggle opened for Boston. The band will be performing at their CD release party on Friday at the Sportsmen’s Tavern in Buffalo.

 BY THOM JENNINGS 

Bruce Wojick & The Struggle will be at The Sportsmen’s Tavern in Buffalo on Friday for their first record release party.

The album, “II: Rock and Roll Music With an American Heart” is Wojick’s first with The Struggle, the Niagara Falls native is known for his stints in Klear and God’s Children.

“II: Rock and Roll Music With an American Heart” came out on Tuesday, and features eight original songs. “Most of the songs were written within the last year and a half,” Wojick said by phone earlier this week. “‘I Wanna Know’ was an older song that I found on an old cassette tape. I wanted it to be a cross between Brit-Pop and Doyle Bramhall.”

The album is steeped with influences ranging from Jeff Lynne to Fleetwood Mac, and includes a few songs that
 Wojick revisited.

“Cheap Wine” and “Looking at My Life” were on Bruce’s last record and were remixed for the new one. The version of “Big Bad Town” on the album is an instrumental version that prominently features Will Holton’s saxophone, that version
 has been a favorite at live shows.

“I just wanted to remix them to give them a different perspective. There is also an acoustic version of ‘When the Smoke Clears’ that features me and Jaimie (Holka) the way we do it at our acoustic gigs.”

Holka, Wojick and the rest of The Struggle’s lineup, bassist Leo McDonald, drummer Denny Pelczynski and saxophonist/ keyboardist Will Holton opened for Boston last summer at Artpark.

While the name “The Struggle” may suggest some inner turmoil in Wojick’s personal life or music career, he noted that
 the name came from one of his favorite songs.“It came from a Keith Richards song, ‘Struggle’ on his first solo album ‘Talk is Cheap’.”

Wojick’s last album was recorded under his own name, and unlike “II: Rock and Roll Music With an American Heart” it did not feature the prominent saxophone playing of Will Holton.

“I don’t think anyone will make comparisons to Bruce Springsteen. The thing Will and I do is totally unique.”

In addition to the prominent sax playing, the album features two versions of “When the Smoke Clears,” the full band version is the second cut on the album and it closes out with an acoustic version of the song.

“If there was a single released I think it would have to be ‘When the Smoke Clears,’ at least that is what people who have heard the album have told me.”

“I’ll tell you how I came to write it. One night I was in bed and this Lionel Ritchie song with some country guy (Billy Currington) called ‘Just for You’ came on and I really dug it. Something got under my skin and I wanted to write something like that. I tried to catch that vibe, not lyrically, but just that feel. Lyrically it is an ode to my wife, about sticking together in a time when so many people abandon their marriages.”

You can hear that song and the rest of the album Friday night at The Sportsmen’s Tavern at 326 Amherst Street in Buffalo. Tickets for the show are just $10 and can be purchased through the venues website, sportsmenstavern.net.

Bruce Wojick & The Struggle’s new album “II: Rock and Roll Music With an American Heart” is available online through iTunes, Amazon and CD Baby, or you can purchase it at one of Bruce’s shows.


 

Thom Jennings