LYRES - LYRES LYRES - Boston Alternative Rock 12" LP Vinyl Album

Lyres (sometimes miscredited as The Lyres) are a Boston-area alternative rock musical group led by Jeff "Monoman" Conolly. Lyres were founded in 1979 following the breakup of DMZ. Their most popular songs included "What A Girl Can't Do" and "Help You Ann". The original lineup of the band featured Rick Coraccio(bass),Ricky Carmel (guitar), and Paul Murphy (drums).

Former DMZ members Rick Coraccio, Paul Murphy, and Peter Greenberg had rejoined Connolly in Lyres over the course of their existence (from 1979 to the early 2000s)]. Miriam Linna, former drummer of The Cramps and The A-Bones, played in Lyres in 1986. Stiv Bators of The Dead Boys and Lords of the New Church, and Wally Tax of The Outsiders also recorded with Lyres in the late 1980s

This web-page has hi-res photos of the album covers, record label and a detailed description.


LYRES - "Lyres Lyres" 12" LP Vinyl Album front cover

Lyres - Lyres Lyres: A Garage Rock Revival in the Heart of Boston
Album Description:

In the heart of Boston's vibrant music scene of the early 1980s, amidst a wave of new wave and punk, a raw and energetic sound emerged from the underground: Lyres' self-titled debut album, "Lyres Lyres." Released in 1984, this 12" LP vinyl album served as a bold statement, a testament to the enduring power of garage rock and its ability to capture the raw emotions and rebellious spirit of a generation.

Historical Context and Musical Exploration

Lyres, led by the enigmatic Jeff "Monoman" Conolly, emerged from the ashes of the influential Boston punk band DMZ. Drawing inspiration from the garage rock and proto-punk of the 1960s, Lyres sought to revive the raw energy and unbridled passion of that era. Their music was a sonic time capsule, a throwback to a simpler time when rock and roll was about pure expression and unfiltered emotion.

Garage Rock Revival and Genre Influences

"Lyres Lyres" was a full-throated embrace of the garage rock aesthetic. Fuzz-drenched guitars, pounding drums, and Conolly's passionate vocals created a sound that was both nostalgic and refreshing. The album featured a mix of original compositions and covers of obscure garage rock gems, showcasing Lyres' deep knowledge and reverence for the genre.

The album's tracklist was a testament to Lyres' eclectic taste and musical exploration. From the driving energy of "Help You Ann" to the haunting melodies of "Don't Give It Up Now," each song was a snapshot of a band that wasn't afraid to push boundaries and experiment with sound.

Production and Recording

The album was recorded at a local Boston studio, capturing the band's raw energy and live sound. The production was deliberately lo-fi, emphasizing the raw power of the instruments and vocals. This approach was in line with the garage rock ethos of capturing the essence of a performance rather than striving for polished perfection.

Music Genre:

New Wave, Alternative Rock 

Album Production Information:

The album: "LYRES - Lyres Lyres" was produced by: Richard W. Harte
Sound/Recording Engineer(s): Tony Volante

Record Label Information:

NEW ROSE Records Rose 103 

Media Format:

12" Vinyl Stereo Gramophone Record
Total Album (Cover+Record) weight: 230 gram  

Year & Country:

1986 Made in France  
Personnel/Band Members and Musicians on: LYRES - Lyres Lyres
    Band-members, Musicians and Performers
  • Jeff Conolly
  • Danny McCormack
  • John Bernardo
  • Rick Coraccio


Front Cover Photo Of LYRES - "Lyres Lyres" 12" LP Vinyl Album


LYRES - "Lyres Lyres" 12" LP Vinyl Album front cover

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Photo Of The Back Cover LYRES - "Lyres Lyres" 12" LP Vinyl Album


LYRES - "Lyres Lyres" 12" LP Vinyl Album back cover

Close up of Side One record's label LYRES - "Lyres Lyres" 12" LP Vinyl Album

"Lyres Lyres" Record Label Details: NEW ROSE Records ROSE 103 ℗ 1986 New Rose Sound Copyright

"Lyres Lyres" Record Label Details: NEW ROSE Records ROSE 103 ℗ 1986 New Rose Sound Copyright