Back Seat Redemption takes their sound to a time when hard rock was actually hard. Any fans of Judas Priest, Rainbow, Black Sabbath or Montrose will feel like they’ve heard these songs somewhere before. There’s still a modern tone to the production, so the familiarity gives way to the new experience quickly. So, these kids really like Danzig, right? They’re not kids. Some of the band members have kids of their own. The group hails from Boston, although it’s not evident from the accent in the lyrics. They have gigged around the city, and at the end of 2017 they decided to record an EP Edge of Tomorrow: Vol. I of their original music.
The EP opens with “Edge,” a hard driving and straightforward shredder for those of us who aren’t afraid to let our hair down and rock out. Driven by cymbals, deep bass grooves, overdriven guitar and a classic-styled hard rock vocal, any fans of hard rock can get behind the melodies of the song. The vocal lines in the bridge call out “I’m not alone / nothing’s set in stone” to remind listeners that the sky is the limit to those who are willing to approach the edge of their limits to make their dreams a reality. The closing track on the album is “Walking.” A song for those who are walking away from bad situations. The situation is never specified in the lyrics, you’ll have to use one of your own shortcomings to complete the narration.
That is what makes the experience so personal. The songs all have a general theme of how you’re supposed to be feeling, but the exact reason you feel it isn’t spelled out. While listening to “Walking” you can think of a lost love, a job you hated, a town you ran from or all three. The open-endedness of the lyrical content is sure to keep listeners connecting dots in the story of the song, as well as their own personal stories to keep the experience incredibly personal.
While the style that Back Seat Redemption uses has been done before, the band finds a way to keep the listening experience fresh and exciting. The energy that comes from every song is explosive. This becomes even more surprising when you find out that the band only has two to three hours in a week between work, wives, kids and dogs to write and work on their music. The band is dedicated, and their grit and determination show on this release. Hard rock fans rejoice, the only thing that this EP leaves to be desired is Vol. II.
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