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William Street Strikers - to the Motel Review 2014







Like all bands these days ‘The William Streets Strikers’ must have had that dilemma of making a few dollars to put in the tank to get to gigs and getting their music out there to be heard, and with ‘record’ sales as low as they are putting your music out for free or a donation is one option there is to be heard.


I for one am glad they did as what we have here is raw and energetic and as earthy as rock should be. With four releases and a lot of shows under their belt they recorded their latest effort with a particular idea in mind. ‘To the Motel’ was a deliberately stripped back recording with no overdubs or auto tune. It was recorded essentially ‘live’ to capture all the spill and the essence of the band, but saying that it’s still a quality set.


Railing against the studio tricks utilized on a lot of recordings these days the band felt that whilst using plug-ins and gadgets is pretty much par for the course these days, it can take off the edge. As a result on ‘To the Motel’ you can hear an amp buzzing, an echo from the toms and the woof from the overtones off the bass. It works and what’s more it’s honest, real and as we said raw.


The five tracks on fourth release ‘To the Motel’ are all new and the lead track and title track is as good a place as any to start. This is high energy garage pop-rock with a distinct ‘indie’ flavour and a little dab of blues to keep you satisfied. It’s also fun, without being overly po-faced and the sort of song that will leave you wanting to explore further.


If anything ‘So Fukn Restless’ is even stronger, with an almost Americana-vibe washed across an indie-pop-rock sound not a million miles away from bands like Screaming Trees or Soul Asylum back in the early nineties.  Key to the release though is the melody and WSS have a knack of finding one to perfectly compliment some great guitar lines.


Perhaps the most interesting song here is ‘Sure Baby’ which immediately brings one of those iconic names to mind – Bowie.  Its strummed intro and vocal phrasing can’t help but remind you of the great man and with such a sweet vocal melody it creates a slightly low mood that divides the release beautifully. It’s a great song that demands you check it out.


Surprisingly the best is yet to come with ‘Suburban Song’ the pinnacle of the indie-pop sound set up with the first two tracks. What ‘Suburban Song’ adds are the best melodies and the most infectious hook here. Again to me it has a taste of the post-grunge bands that fell into our consciousness in the mid-nineties.


‘Blind Fred-e’ that closes the record has a real sixties vibe to it and a simplicity that just works. How you would classify WSS I’m not quite sure? Take an underground vibe, a mid-nineties alt-pop-rock sensibility, a dash of Bowies and a garage ethos with a pinch of sixties simplicity and a sniff of Americana without the mournfulness and you might end up as prepared as I am to say this is just a damn good local rock release that should open a few doors. And all you have to do is head to the site and download it, share the love and get out and see these guys play!   I look forward to more!


by Mark Diggins


William Street Strikers - to the Motel Review 2014