Mojo (vocals/guitar), Kevin (guitar), Matt (bass) and Andres (drums) are an LA based band called Audiomated that recently released Unusual Waves. The band plays pretty straight forward hard rock. I was reminded of bands like System of Down and to a lesser extent Queens of The Stone Age.
It’s hard pumping, adrenaline based music that feeds you energy. Take for instance “Rise” which pops right out of the gates. I was impressed by the amount of changes the band pulls off in the first minute. The band is tight and in the pocket as Mojo sings, “I'm not your little servant / And I'm not your little slave / You brainwash us through the media / And the propaganda won't end.”
Up next is “Welcome” which is another fairly intense rock song. A good amount of distortion and a myriad of notes make for an energizing song. Lyrically, the song dances around very similar themes to “Rise.” “Story” is a pretty straight forward rocker and arguably the most single worthy song of the batch. I enjoyed the song “Ricochet” but it sounded a bit out of place because of the vocal style during the verse. Mojo sounds somewhere between Anthony Kiedis, Zacarly de la Rocha and an ’80s rapper.
“Euphoria” has an intense, grand ending while the closer “Leech” has a slight ’70s feel because of the modulated guitars. For the most part Unusual Waves is cohesive despite a couple of songs that made me wonder what direction they were going. All things considered these songs had more of an FM radio vibe to me and I would see success from a more general demographic. I think the band is on the ball in terms of delivery. They all have a good amount of technical talent and don’t rest on their laurels.
I would take a listen to Unusual Waves. You should know fairly quickly if this is your cup of tea.
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