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BEAT THE DRAG WHATS YOUR DAMAGE ALBUM REVIEW 2015

BEAT THE DRAG - WHAT'S YOUR DAMAGE?

PAWN SHOP ROCK STAR | Release Date: April 2015

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Sometimes it’s all about the energy and the attitude and if you have that then the rest is easy. L.A.’s Beat the Drag instinctively know how to rock and aren’t at this stage too precious about how they get there and as a result their debut album ‘What’s Your Damage?’ may not be the most cohesive album you’ll hear all year but it’s one that is full of fire, loud guitars and some great songs.


This is Rock and Roll though and it’s not an album to change your life – it’s tales of California, girls and groupies, and drinking without a hint of self-indulgent shoegazing or self-absorption: just the way Rock and Roll should be, with some lyrical bite, at times it’s more than a little clever, funny and just a little cutting.


Sonically there is an interesting mix of styles but it’s very much those groundbreaking garage-based stylings that come to the fore: there’s certainly that proto-Metal that gave us NWOBHM in the mix, a smattering of Punk and Stoner genres; even if some of those influences you feel may have come from later generation bands. It matters not, as Beat the Drag get there – making sounds that just say what they want to say - to hell with technique and forget the polish on an album – you’ll love the lack of slick production because it allows the music to breathe.


Running with the proto-Punk sound the Hard-Rocking opener ‘What’s Your Damage’ is a great way to start, it’s a no-nonsense rocker made to play live; up against the big riff and Swedish-Sleaze-Punk gang vocals of ‘Coming Down Forever’ it’s a one-two punch of an introduction to the band.


‘Split Second Smile’ adds some nice lyrical bite whilst ‘Heroine’ adds an infectious later Husker Du sound to proceedings to counter the surf punk meander of ‘The Wasteland’.


Our favorites though come late on, which is good news as it’s so far pretty damned good. ‘Insignificant Other’ has a great riff that sticks and some funny but telling lyrics to cut through the punky hard rocking guitar; add to that ‘Mistakes Were Made’ which has the vigor, melody and lyrical bite of a band like Stiff Little Fingers mashed with The Wildhearts; and our favorite the sleazy ‘Penny Black’ is simply magnificent with the biggest, baddest chorus of all.


If you like bands like The Wildhearts, The Ramones, SLF, Turbonegro, Motochrist, Husker Du and Hellacopters you’ll find in Beat the Drag a band that sounds like none of the above but has elements of all. Great lively Hard Rocking music with a punk ethos to serve as a soundtrack to all the weekends you’ll never remember…


With more bands like this in L.A. you almost feel a scene coming on… We have ‘Penny Black’ and ‘Mistakes were Made’ on heavy rotation… Bonus track: ‘The Best Nights’ might also be one of the coolest drinking songs you’ve heard in some time…

 

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