The Lost Art Of Rock And Roll
1/13/2012 - Review by: Eric Compton
"The Lost Art Of Rock And Roll" is no latte-sippin', beach-ready Chickenfoot and no stroll down Retro Rock Lane; this is lead-fisted hard rock played from gutter to sidewalk to mainline ditch and never playing it safe by middle of the road or paint by numbers. Oakland's Electric Sister jam out a barrel of good times with this debut fist pumper with enough intensity and top fueled throttle to shake Cali right off the map. This sort of bare chested, thump metal should appeal to fans of boisterous new acts like Mama Kin, Endeverafter, Underride and Bad City.
Vocalist Thadeus Gonzalez (needs to change that to John Wayne or something), a frontman to watch, is a loud mouthed screamer that recalls the bravado of one David Lee Roth minus the comedic tendencies. His opening wails of "Save Us!" kickstart this thing into overdrive, followed by a massive Blues-soaked hook that shines with 70's KISS. Dragging our bones across the fields and right into that big arena sound on cuts like "Rock Is Religion" and the title track. I love the soft acoustic number "Echo Park" and the huge sweeping twin guitar on "The Leper". "I Want It All" sounds like Nuge and often the band plays as tight as primetime Y&T. The whole thing ends with some NWOBHM essence--a ripping heavy metal song called "City Of Night" that is based on the cult classic movie "Barbarella" (a preoccupation with various women throughout leads me to believe something extra is going on behind the writing).
I am really looking forward to a storied career out of this band--newcomer with the tenacity and skills to really move a mountain. Let's hope the group lands a few big gigs and gets this sound beyond the Reverb Nation. Save Us--who needs salvation with Electric Sister on Earth?
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