Overall Score: 7.5/10 Riffs: 8/10 Songs: 7/10 Lyrics : 7/10 Pros: Upbeat, no-nonsense, feel-good rock and roll Cons: There are a couple of ideas that don't hit as hard as others
Biters are a modern band with an old soul. They are determined to bring the classic rock & roll sound and spirit back. One listen to their new album The Future Ain’t What It Used To Be and I would safely say they have succeeded. This is a throwback to the heyday of rock and punk music wrapped in a modern casing.
The influences are evident here. This album has the 70’s & 80’s dripping out of its pores. Biters are clearly a band with a vision and with a clear idea of what they want to do, this album is fun because it evokes everything that you want it to.
Every song has its own identity and is allowed to stand on its own two feet. It’s clear that Biters know their way around a tune. Lush, thick guitars are complimented by soaring road-worn vocals colliding to make solid 3-minute rock songs that will live on to be future classics in years to come.
There is more emphasis on the songwriting this time, so the album also has a bit of a softer edge to it as well, meaning you get big huge-sounding stompers like ‘Stone Cold Love’ and ‘Let it Rock’ strutting around straight from the get-go. But then a little further into the record, you are treated to gems like ‘Hollywood’ and ‘Gypsy Rose’ which are no less big, but aren’t as brash. The album is a bit of a rollercoaster and goes through many different moods as it hurtles along. Its breezy 34-minute pace means you are also never left bored.
Biters are a band with big ideas and a clear love of the past, but they have managed to find a way to put their own spin on things. It’s their own sense of identity that will allow them to rise above a lot of the other bands in this genre doing this kind of thing. They may not be reinventing the wheel, but they are putting some new tires on it. This is an album that is worth checking out for fans of no-nonsense, fun-time rock and roll. Pour yourself a drink and turn it up loud.
‘The Future Ain’t What It Used To Be’ is available now via Earache Records.