|The Blackout - 'Start The Party' (Cooking Vinyl)|
|Written by Rob Watkins|
|Friday, 08 February 2013 02:30|
Album number four from some of Merthyr Tydfil's finest sons, The Blackout, spewing out their own brand of post-hardcore bump on 'Start The Party'; quite the title but will the music live up to this moniker? Let's get it on and see.....
The party starts in fine fettle with title track and opening single/video 'Start The Party'..... WOW this tune has it all - catchy guitar riffage and the sweetest little hook of a chorus this side of Slade, definitely the perfect way to start any musical partyyyyyy, and one to get all the kids bouncing around for many years to come.
The catchiness element is carried forward stylishly into 'Radio', another hook-laden romper of a tune and songs such as 'We Live On' and 'Let Me Go', featuring the dual harmonic and angst ridden mix of vocalists Gavin Butler and Sean Smith alongside the throbbing infectious guitar licks of James Davies and Matthew Davies, the pulsating backbone drive of bassist Rhys Lewis and drummer Gareth 'Snoz' Lawrence, foot tappers like 'Take Away The Misery' and the electronic influenced 'Keep Singing', maintain the high level of commerciality throughout the release.
Second single 'Running Scared' may not be quite as explosively catchy as the title tune but then what is? 'You' is the smoochy ballad I suppose and quite possibly a single release, and on tracks like 'Free Yourself' and the bouncy and chanty future crowd favourite 'Sleep When You're Dead' the studio production has thankfully a slightly rough edge to it compared to, say, the previous offering, 'Hope', which for me was over-produced and hid the actual oomph of the songs.
The album ends with 'Throw It All Away', another fine infectious tune, before a cover of '90s hit 'Boom Shake The Room', the DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince composition, appears as a bonus track alongside the 1981 Rick James song 'Super Freak' and 'Sorry For Party Rocking', the LMFAO global smash probably ensures this party ends with a bang.
Party On Uber.......