Zak Ward’s current band First Ward has a new drummer and a new video for “Speck Of Dust” that suggests the future is bright for these veteran musicians. With Buffalo Music Hall Of Fame member Jeff Schaller (Here Come The Comets, Black Rock Zydeco, Soul Patch) on drums, sweet vocals that call to mind Squeeze’s Paul Carrack and Caleb Followill from KOL before it all went wrong, and a lyric video that’s a gentle BFLO take on that classic Dylan video, “Speck Of Dust” is further proof that while rock is allegedly dead, there’s definitely a rock revival going on with a bunch of bands defiantly keeping the flame alive at the local level here in Western New York.

You can catch First Ward this Saturday at the Tudor Lounge with Bold Folly and Soul Butchers and December 29th at the Town Ballroom opening for The Trews.