"On the group’s first full-length album, the 40-minute, self-released Volcano, the Get Ahead showcases a soulful, party vibe dripping with passion, RnB and slowly-simmering rock. On most of the 11 tracks, singer Juliet Howard and guitarist Nathan Earle trade vocals while they sing about couples stumbling into mutual attraction, women rushing into infatuation and kicking out cheating lovers."
"Defying the typically melancholy, indie folk that comes out of Portland, Oregon, The Get Ahead offers a refreshing blend of blues, rock, funk, soul and R&B on its debut full-length, Volcano. The five-piece band impresses as much on rave-ups such as “Too Hot” and “Dollars to Doughnuts” as it does on such slow-burn grooves as “Moonstricken” and “Face Up.” The dual vocals of Juliet Howard and Nathan Earle are played up to particularly good effect on “Little Devil,” its funky breakdown highlighting the power of Steve Johnson’s dirty sax. "
"A bluesy jangle sparks through the speakers from the opening song on The Get Ahead’s new album and I am immediately hooked. The album is titled Volcano and the song, Could Be Better, acts thusly, gaining energy with drums thrumming and then the slow moan of a low slung saxophone. The vocals enter into the mix and the tempo slows down slightly, giving the listener a sense of calm before the storm…then the chorus explodes into a raw, gritty fury, drawing the listener to their feet."
"The Band’s Gritty Take on Rock’n’Soul Infuses Classic Sounds with a Powerful Modern Energy
When The Get Ahead launches into “Little Devil,” their sensual groove fills the room with a tense energy that explodes into ecstatic jubilation when Juliet Howard’s Alison Moyet meets Etta James vocals start dueling with Nathan Earle’s passionate tenor. Steve Johnson’s punchy Memphis-influenced sax and Earle’s funky, chattering guitar accents complete the band’s brimstone and honey approach, one that’s driven home by the inventive rhythms of Sean Farrell’s bass and Phil Medina’s drums. The band lights up the stage and that power carries over to every track on Volcano, their debut full-length album."
"The pair's seemingly innate vocal embodiment of soul pioneers like Sam Cooke, James Brown, and Etta James propels them into a relatively quiet corner of Portland's music community. Rest assured, their debut LP,Volcano, is a loud statement, percolating with funk grooves and Howard's husky voice, with tasteful saxophone, chirpy guitar accents, and downright dance-worthy jams. "