Await Rescue's new E.P. "Everyone You Know" is unvarnished hard rock. I waited for the gimmick. The ironic cover. The maybe-we-need-a-ballad limp spot. Or one of those novelty choruses Buckcherry is so good at.
Nothing. Just solid, speaker-rattling rock. Tears of joy splattered my Led Zeppelin, Foo Fighters, and Audioslave records.
Await Rescue celebrates the release of "Everyone You Know" Friday, April 5, at Church, 69 Kilmarnock St., Boston. The show is at 8 p.m. with Amos Blood, The Life Electric, and Mammother
Bassist Corey Fyfe is the the new recruit joining singer Johnny Cutulle, guitarist Andrew Morse, and drummer Matt Morse in the group. And while the band keeps everything pretty heavy, "Everyone You Know" isn't monochrome.
"Stars and Suns" and "All She Needs" bring down the tempos without sacrificing any of the fuzz 'n' buzz. For blinding fury, the band serves up "Thanks, But No Thanks." "Better Off" builds on a heavy-hitting blues riff and primal beat. And shades of Page linger in the urgency of "Built to Roam."
The title track is where the band pulls it all together, opening with a few verses of deceiving calm that slowly turns to rage as Cutulle uncorks an indictment. It's all a little dark and murky, but the energy just soars as the song barrels along.
Nothing fussy here, nothing over thought or overwrought. And definitely no gimmicks. Except this one: You can snag this 6-song set for free here
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