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The Demon Beat – BULLSHIT WALKS – Music Review

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The Demon Beat – BULLSHIT WALKS – Music Review

The Demon BeatBullshit WalksBig Bullet records– Review by Brad Bugos

This record is a garage rock/punk rock album. Thank you for making it, The Demon Beat. Sometimes I get the feeling that bands will work on a straight ahead rock album and then think “wait, is it cool to release just a garage rock album anymore?”. My answer is yes you can, if you’re The Demon Beat.

In their new album Bullshit Walks they start their songs in a straight ahead rock vein and then, guess what? they take it on a nice straight rock line and end it in a rock vein. It’s not that they don’t make the drive interesting, they just don’t throw in a bunch of dog legs to the left and hills with loose gravel. Oh you’ll enjoy the journey, you just don’t have to worry about the car spinning out of control. Now, I love some of the bands that take their records and infuse them with sounds and noises to complete the overall sound, much like my beloved Sparklehorse. However, when a band is this good at the rock “sound” (and by the way, great drum sound on this record, I like that, not overly heavy, but nice and punchy with a good feel), they don’t need to dress it up with a bunch of fancy window dressing. Here are the songs, they seem to be saying, enjoy them without all the hype and flutter. It’s nice to hear a band be confident in their songs, knowing that this is where their strength lies.

There is a nice dirty quality to the singing and playing on this album too, let’s not promote this as just a straight ahead rock record without noting that there doesn’t seem to that overall glossy sheen to it that many rock records think they need.

My favorite song on the disc is track #4- GET IT . Just some nice overall guitar work, the singing is perfectly pitched, the guy sounds like he’s really trying to get someone to understand him, to listen, then that chorus kicks in, a bit painful and tempered. Nice work by the band, this should be their first single and if I was programming a college radio station, this would get some heavy rotation. By the way, thanks to the lead singer Adam L. Meistherhans for having the perfect rock n roll voice that I so miss. Steven Tyler wishes that he sang rock n roll that good anymore.

If you would like to sit down or hit the road with a nice rock record that offers enough diverse material without the same old tight assed music producer sheen on it, then I recommend that you give this a listen. This record will be on the best of show for SLTM (The Podcast) Year End 2011.

Check out SLTM (the Podcast) Episode 124 to hear a song from The Demon Beat.

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