Founding members Lauren Balogh and Steve Huff of Drama Scream were slinging riffs and writing songs while looking for more members. They eventually found John Swavola, Chris Hughes and Greg Grieve. The chemistry was there and they hit the studio and came away with a full-length LP entitled Built To Follow.
First off the production is fantastic. I have zero complaints there. They play hard rock that sometimes veers towards metal. I was reminded of a number of different bands along my journey through their music. There were times I thought Evanescence and sometimes a smidge of Pat Benatar. The comparisons to Evanescence not only comes to style but mood. There is a very serious vibe that has zero levity to it. A lot of it comes from Balogh’s lyrics and delivery.
Not surprisingly the lyrics are about a relationship that went south. The topic is surely nothing new but always relatable to most souls listening in some capacity.
The delivery was an important aspect as to why the album worked. They have a lot of technical talent and I love listening to a tight band. I’m pretty sure the drummer was utilizing a double bass drum on some parts and the band has no problem keeping in the pocket.
The songs are consistent in quality. No duds to my ears. They open with “Nameless Garden” which is indicative of the quality you will hear on the remainder of the album. Balogh’s dynamic vocals are the focal center that anchors the songs. Songs like “Draw Me Back” and “Walk The World” are examples of her range at work.
One thing that is certain is that the band can rock out. There weren't any lulls and if there is a breakdown it usually doesn't last long before the whole band is swinging back in action.
The album is also cohesive and focused which is another huge plus that makes the songs much more enjoyable when listing to it sequentially.
Overall, Balogh and company aren't breaking the mold. There are obvious influences. On that note the band brings great energy and songwriting to the genre. Recommended.
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