Friday, 30 March 2012

The Amends – The Amends (Album Review)

Dirty American rock cleans up

I’ve obviously spent too much time listening to mainstream music over the last few weeks. This is an album I’ve been meaning to review for about a month, and when I finally listened to it, it was like a breath of fresh air. The Amends tick all the boxes, and this debut proves they have the talent and drive to produce honest, memorable, riff-filled rock music. I would imagine that in the live arena these guys can well and truly rip it up.

‘Depraved’ is rough, with White Stripes style driving guitar roaring into a wonderfully dirty punkesque solo and dragging us by the balls into the Strokes influenced ‘Dance’. ‘Bored & Mean’ introduces some piano tickling and has a Libertines quality about it. The vocals are precise and yet in keeping with the roughness of the bands’ sound, guitar effects are used to emphasise not to compensate, the bass playing is solid, and the drums are simple but highly effective. In short, these guys are a tight unit.

As you can probably tell from what I’ve said thus far, these guys are heavily influenced by successful American punk/blues-rock, but don’t let that put you off, these guys are good. Every song has a certain something which is both catchy and often allows an element of sing-a-long. There’s something solid and reliable about their sound, probably because of their influences and ability to know when to stop producing and leave it alone. Definitely worth a listen either on Spotify or at their website.

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