Blue Manic is a four-piece alternative rock band based out of Boston, MA, consisting of Max Grebe (vocals/guitar), Mike Tate (vocals/guitar), Jared Greiff (bass) and Corey Downs (drums). After listening to them and looking at a picture. I have to say they sound a bit older than they look. I was expecting a couple of guys in their mid to late ’30s especially the lead singer.
Their music is pretty straightforward rock with some blues slapped on. They have a familiar sound that they I think a lot of people will appreciate.
Up first on their album V-32 is “Stoned” which comes out of the gate with the band in full force. Distortion from a guitar chord rings out as a heavy hitting beat creates a formidable introduction. There is a good amount of rock n’ roll attitude in the licks as well as the vocals. The vocalist is quite dynamic on this song.
It’s a solid opener that should get your attention. The band continues with another rocking track called “You’ve Got It Made.” It’s a melodic song that has some interesting lyrics that might be about the afterlife. That's what I got out of it at least.
“Too Late” might have the best groove on the album. The lead guitar’s groove has a hint of Led Zeppelin and sounds great turned up loud. They close with “Black Dress” which is a dirty, backyard bar song that rattles and shakes.
Blue Manic is a solid band. I’d like to hear them explore how they can differentiate themselves a bit more from the crowd. Their sound might get lost as they have a fairly familiar sound. All things considered this is a solid EP that gets the juices flowing.
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