You there! Yeah, you! Do you like innovative, original, compelling rock music that will challenge the very genre you know and love? If so, move along, nothing to see here, go and listen to someone else, because Adrenaline Mob are as new and creative as a sitcom Christmas special brought to you by ACME.
‘Dearly Departed’ is the New York four-piece’s latest release, and is as pointless as a shaven tennis ball. Boasting four covers, the EP is subsequently filled up with bonus tracks from previous albums and acoustic renditions of past songs. Every track on here would go down way better during a gig than on record, crowds always love a cover or hidden song. That’s rule one of gigging.
As to be expected, given the ridiculously talented line-up, all of their songs are masterfully done with each member possessing a totally unattainable skill level. Take their cover of ‘Devil Went Down To Georgia’; whilst an excellent cover, it’s essentially one overzealous, overindulgent, overbearing guitar solo. Sure, it’s nice to hear a talented and complex solo every now and then, but that’s all there is to Adrenaline Mob, rendering their music incessant guitar-wankery in its most off putting form.
Think Shinedown on the fourth of July and you’ll get an idea of what Adrenaline Mob sound like; bland, generic stadium rock ‘n’ roll that poison the rock radio airwaves of America. If this were a collection of original songs then perhaps this review wouldn’t be as scathing, but ‘Dearly Departed’ is nothing but an unoriginal, ego-stroking, self-indulgent musical form of masturbation.
Written by Andy Roberts (@sassensquatch)