Born to Rock


Fed up from the cesspool of emo? Burned out on the bubblegum rock of post-grunge? You need a jolt of Aftershocker then. For those who want to RAWK, look no further than this electrifying record. The seedy opening cut, “Nasty Nancy,” resurrects the glory days of mid-’70s glam rock with enough steak-thick chugging guitars and alcohol-stained attitude to make Slash give a high five.

Thankfully, this is the real glam deal and not some over-polished facsimile. You can almost imagine the group breaking a sweat, especially during the guitar solos of “Song for a Friend” and even on relatively slower numbers such as “Three” and “The Next Step.” Compared to many of today’s new rock bands, Aftershocker certainly aren’t as loud; in fact, some tunes like “Roommate’s Girlfriend” (as funny as you think it is) and “Same Song” are particularly mellow. But didn’t Led Zeppelin have their softer moments, too?

Perhaps what I enjoy about Aftershocker most is their affection for the blues; you can really hear the influence of that undying genre on several numbers, and it provides the group with sonic depth, especially in the guitar playing of Dave Marchand and Dylan Haas.


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