Automatic Static - Friends & Lovers
Record Company: Gas Can Music
Release Date: May 24, 2011
Mainstream Rock and Roll has become something of a joke today. Nickelback and company rule the airwaves with what can only really be described as soulless nonsense. There’s no progression; no feeling involved. It’s all a moneymaking process, but fans eat it up like candy. However, the nineties brought us some truly great and memorable rock in the form of Alice in Chains, Soundgarden, Stone Temple Pilots, and many more.
Automatic Static’s Friends & Lovers is a surprising reminder of a time when rock meant something; a thirty one minute ride that kicks ass, displays some truly incredible musicianship, and, sometimes unfortunately wears out its welcome with songs that can become overly long and monotonous. But one forgives such small imperfections when compared to the garbage being spilled all over the radio as of late.
“Bring Me Down” is a killer opener, featuring loud, crunchy, in-your-face guitars and a fantastically catchy chorus. This is one of the strongest tracks on the EP, however the song shows the album’s first display of just-too-muchery, with a seven minute run time that can drag on with repeat listens. “Halo” manages to be the weakest track here, building up without ever really paying off, and displaying a rather weak chorus.
“Clique” is a fantastic radio-rock song, with a strong vocal and guitar display from Zac Diebels, who manages to juggle between the two duties with near-perfect precision. “Pedal Down” is a beastly closer, clocking in at just under 7 minutes. This southern rocker really displays the diversity and possible creativity of the band. I hope future releases from this band build off of “Pedal Down”.
Friends & Lovers has nothing really new to say and isn’t the most creative album, but the pure rock and roll essence that rolls off of it is refreshing amidst the mass of crap that clogs the top 200 today. So if even for nostalgic value, this EP should please straight-up rockers who have possibly felt for too long that something is just wrong with the direction of rock. This should serve as a cure to your woes, if even for a short time.