Produced by: Mary Smilek
Released: OUT / Website
Relatives: Lynch Mob, Bon Jovi
GENRE: Hard Rock
Smilek is a new American Kivel Records signing and should gain a good deal of support and an instant fan base.|
The guys play some great song hooks in the style of traditional straight ahead American melodic rock, with both rootsy mid-western and LA area hard rocking influences.
The production quality is the only thing to let the side down on this release.
It's just a little low budget and sometimes sounds a little demo-ish, but there is enough promise here to hope for a second album that will no doubt, have a better sound.
There are comparisons that range from Bon Jovi in some of the softer anthem rockers to Van Halen and even a Lynch Mob style sleaze on a few harder tracks.
The guys have 14 tracks on offer here, with barely a filler amongst them. It takes a few listens to get into and to find those hooks, but then it's hard to get them out of your head.
It's a sometimes varied delivery, but consistent in sound and the theme of good time rock n roll, both lyrically and musically shines throughout. This is a party rock record!
Did I mention the nice cover and packaging?
|PRODUCTION: 60%||SONGS: 80%||VIBE: 70%||ATTITUDE: 75%||ESSENTIAL FOR: Fans of stright up catchy American hard rock.|