UK Alt Rockers STATUES have cranked out an album of noisy, punk-infused, high-octane rockers. Their unique sound will keep you listening and loving their back-to-basics approach.
I hear elements of Turbonegro, The Strokes and The White Stripes, but at the same time they don’t sound exactly like any of these bands. They have their own style for the most part, even if it sounds a little familiar.
What I love is they are relentless on most of the album and I would venture to say there’s some “Metal” influence, or at least Hardcore Punk. Having said that, they’re more restrained and use some vocal melody and harmony to produces some nice hooks.
Musically they’re super-tight. The drums are thick and heavy, the bass is thumping and the guitars have a killer distortion to them. Most of the songs are moving forward with a “Punk” pace, but there are a few tracks that show a slightly “softer” side, ‘Eyes In The Sky’ and ‘Bestiary’, ‘Epochalypse” and the single “Chemicals” show a different side of the band, but those songs are in the minorty.
Most of the album moves at a faster pace, or at least more forward driven. They waste no time with the lead track “Underground”. “Sardonic Grin”, “Phantasm”, “Agony”, “Perfect Storm” are all ass-kicking Garage Rock anthems performed with and infectious aggression.
I like the potential for this band to cross genres and appeal to a high percentage of people who just like Hard Rock songs played with blood and sweat. I can imagine they’re even heavier live, and if they can create that kind of feeling on an album I can only imagine what they can do on a stage.
Henrik Wiklund – Bass, vocals
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3. Sardonic Grin
4. Agony (YUNG LEAN cover)
6. Eyes in the Sky
7. Hiding in a Hole
9. Dead of Summer
11. Perfect Storm