Track Listing
Anyway (1)
Wired
Inside Your Head (2)
Big Fat Smile
Origami Mommy
Book Of Virtues (3)
Be My Fix
A Freak Like You
Unbroken
Miss You Blue
Fanatic
Anti-Zero
Tough

(*) Best Tracks

Buy it if you liked:
SR-71 - Now You See Inside
Butch Walker - Left Of Self Centered
Marvellous 3

Line Up
Steve Brown: Vocals, Guitar
Maz: Guitar
Brian Gabriel: Drums
PJ Farley: Bass
40ft Ringo
Funny Thing
Atenzia Records ATZ 02004
Produced By: Steve Brown
Running Time: Genre: Nu-breed
Release Date: March 30 Released: EU
WebLink: 40ft Ringo LabelLink: Atenzia
92%

While the debate over the term nu-breed continues - just who is and what sounds can be included under moniker, there is one thing for sure - 40ft Ringo are nu-breed. In fact their high-energy good fun hard rock music is what I would describe as the very definition of the term.
Featuring Steve and PJ from 90's teen rockers Trixter, it has been a long road to the release of this album. First it was (a name that escapes me), then Soaked and finally 40ft Ringo was born.
The guys have been sending out demos for months, with Atenzia Records showing faith in the music, signing for the release of this album.
There is the issue of the demos from this release being heavily traded and what effect that might have on sales of the finished product, but I know for a fact there is a heavy emphasis on breaking this band into the mainstream, so the trading within the melodic rock scene should appear minimal in the wider scheme of things.
Those demos (8 of the original tunes are included in this 13 track album) have been completed and along with 5 new tunes mixed and mastered into a very fine melodic modern rock (nu-breed) release.
The style is all guitars, tuned down to some degree, distorted and layered to create that ultimate punk influenced, fuzz-pop nu-breed sound.
Track By Track:
Anyway is a high energy, uptempo modern rocker, all over and done inside 3 minutes, but instant in appeal with it's catchy hooks and memorable chorus.
Wired is a little heavier and showcases a powerful guitar sound, with Steve's vocals softening things up. The song features a less impactful, but equally memorable chorus. The song features some blistering guitar work, much of it hidden beneath the more commercial surface of the song.
Inside Your Head is another winner. One of the album's best songs, this SR-71 style feel good rocker should be on playlists of radio stations worldwide. The chorus rules the song, but don't underestimate the subtle lead guitar riff hovering throughout.
Big Fat Smile takes the album in a slightly different direction. It's only a slight change of pace, but comes at a good juncture. The song is a more mid-tempo groove laden beast. Still plenty of guitars though.
The partially acoustic driven Origami Mommy is next. Another SR-71 friendly number, this song remains in the mid-to-up tempo nature of the rest of the album, but slows things down in the verse for a more commercial radio friendly track with another great chorus, complimenting a perfect moody, angst ridden guitar track.
Book Of Virtues takes things right over the top. Back to the high energy Blink 182 style hard rock of the opening track, this one betters all the band's peers by containing a brilliantly melodic chorus that you can't help but sing along to. Several layers of guitars and harmony vocals will help fans of the old school embrace this nu-breed of melodic rock.
Be My Fix takes things back a notch - in both pace and hook delivery. This is a more restrained moody rock track.
A Freak Like You is simply a feel good pop rocker with another good catchy chorus - as is Unbroken, another happy go lucky number.
Miss You Blue slows things down again, featuring a mix of acoustic and electric guitars and coming close to the old school sound from which the band were born. A good rock ballad.
Fanatic opens with a great guitar break and continues to be dominated by that great guitar riff. A tough verse swaggers into a heavily melodic chorus.
Anti-Zero continues the feel good guitar driven pop/rock of much of the rest of the album. A good song again, but no big chorus this time around.
Tough closes out the album in classic melodic rock style. This is a moody acoustic ballad with a sentimental heart. Add some synth/strings towards the end and a classy ballad is made.

The Bottom Line
The very bottom line is that there isn't a weak track on this album. Granted you will be better off being a nu-breed fan, but dismiss it without investigation and you will miss some fine melodic rock songs.
The production is solid, although it features that fuzzy guitar sound some don't appreciate. However the consistent guitar driven approach will appeal to a lot of melodic rock fans - across all boundaries.
The result is a great feel good rock album that takes melodic music to new places and importantly doesn't forget the key ingredient - hooks and melodies.

Additional Ratings
Songwriting
93%
Attitude
95%
Production
86%



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