The Demon Beat, a trio from West Virginia, are what rock and roll is all about. Loud guitars, senseless lyrics, and wailing vocals. It’s not everyday that a group manages to condense everything great about 60s and 70s rock onto one shiny disc, but The Demon Beat have managed to do just that on their latest effort, Shit, We’re 23.
The album kicks off with a pounding beat, courtesy of the group’s drummer, Jordan Hudkins. Tucker Riggleman’s bass kicks in, and the songs explodes from there. The loud, obnoxious guitar riff starts up, and at once it’s clear why “Got You Movin’” was chosen for the opening number.
“Millionaire” showcases lead singer and guitarist, Adam Meisterhans’, impressive vocals and guitar work. In a world full of auto-tuned, manufactured singers, this guy is the real deal. His voice is clearly one of the best in rock.
“Memory Ain’t Enough” is an incredibly well-crafted track. The groove practically forces you to tap your foot or bob your head along. Then out of nowhere, the track transforms into a ZZ Top-esque blues number before turning things back up a notch.
The band takes their sweet time on “You Got It”. At over six minutes, it’s the longest song on the record. But it works. Not once did I think ‘this track is too long’. The track ends off with a solo that is nothing short of epic. Hendrix would be proud.
“Crawl” is another slower number, but this time features a huge build up to the solo. It doesn’t disappoint. Five killer tracks in a row!
Starting off the album’s second half is a feel good, upbeat rock ‘n’ roll tune by the name of “This Is No Fun”. The band may not have been having fun, but anybody listening to this track is sure to have the exact opposite. Yet another killer solo rounds off the song.
“Make My Move” is more of what you’d expect by now. A catchy, fun, 60s style rock song. Nothing too special, but still a very enjoyable listen.
In “The Game”, the band utilises the groove and bass from some of their slower tracks, with the guitar work and vocals of their more fast-paced songs on top. It turns out to be quite effective, but this is one of those tracks that I can’t quite peg to a certain genre. I eventually decided on ‘kick-ass’.
“Can’t You” is a strange song. Imagine a blues track with haunting, echo drenched vocals. It’s not really something that can be described in words. Odd, yes, but it’s a song that you want to keep listening to, if even just to see what will happen next.
The band took another stab at “Bad Man”, a song from their 2008 EP for the record’s final track. The blistering guitar work, thundering drums, and groovy bass are brilliant, but what makes the song incredible is the vocals. I’m actually convinced that Meisterhan might commit some dirty deeds (and for dirt cheap at that). I really cannot think of a better way to end this album.
Shit, We’re 32 is a musical journey. Each song is unique and flows seamlessly. I’d recommend this album to anyone without hesitation. You can download Shit, We’re 23 for eight dollars (less than a dollar per song), or pick up a physical copy of the record for ten.
The Demon Beat Website: http://www.myspace.com/thedemonbeat
Big Bullet Records: http://bigbulletrecords.wordpress.com/
My Rating: 4.5/5
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