|Margate - 'Rock 'N Roll Reserve' (Room 57 Records)|
|Written by Rob Watkins|
|Monday, 19 September 2011 05:30|
The coastal hamlet of Margate in Kent, England - population around 57,000.
Margate, a high energy band from Los Angeles, California - population 3.
As I'm here in my capacity as an Uber musical representative it's the latter option I'll be barbing on about for a little while.........
Bopping straight into 'Control', a typical pop punk situation thing, makes one thing clear; there are so many of these fellas pogo-ing around at the moment, the market is flooded. It's becoming increasingly difficult to stand out from the overpopulated crowd. This opener is a good song still the same but unfortunately lacking that killer, essential hook that'll grasp the scruff of the pop punkers of the world.
With only six tunes on this release slipping a cover song onto the track listing could backfire, but their take on 'Eleanor Rigby', for me, works in a backward sort of way; Come on, everybody loves The Beatles really, so it could be the guys' slight angle to edge onwards towards the bigger musical picture and, whilst on the subject of angles, the singer of this particular trio is the drummer, Alex Helbig, who's melodic vocal approach is more than passable and has a likeability factor too which is in evident on 'Live It Up', a happy smiley jumpy kinda ditty. 'Lovesick' picks up the pace a tad on this film soundtrack type of offering that pops up occasionally on some teen angst movie, while the title track sees an ever so slight tip of their American hats on the verse to The Beatles' 'I've Just Seen A Face' but then again everything comes from somewhere else these days, in originality terms anyhows. 'This Road' brings this mini album to an early close continuing in the form and style of all the higher than average songs on this recording.