John D. Prasec likes to rock. It’s evident from the picture on his website where he is dressed up like someone who wouldn't know what to do with themselves if they weren't rocking all the time. He kind of looks like the epitome of every singer from the ‘80s who was in a metal band. It’s no coincidence that the music on his EP John Prasec often has its roots in ‘80s metal.
Prasec has played in Italy, Slovenia and Croatia and for whatever reason a lot of those bands in that region play music that has roots in ‘80s rock. I’m not sure what it is but it’s definitely there and evident within the first track entitled “Give Me Your Heart.” It has all the staples you would expect to hear from an ‘80s metal song. On the chorus Prasec sings, “Give me your heart tonight” and it sounds like it could be played over the montage scene during a Rocky movie. I liked the song although it was at times hard to understand the lyrics because of his accent.
The second track “Sweet Case” deviates from the ‘80s metal vibe and replaces it with piano style ‘70s rock. It’s a celebratory fun song with a saloon type vibe. “God Save Rock and Roll” reverts to the ‘80s style rock but is a little more anthemic this time around. It’s definitely montage worthy just like the first track.
The last two tracks “Seventeen” and “Light” are more distorted mayhem. “Light” was the highlight for me as it contained some impressive lead guitar and some heavy-hitting drums. It had a hardcore edge that went well with the style.
John Prasec is an EP that can feel dated but it is also some good fun. Rock was meant to be fun and in this day and age a lot bands forget that. Bands like U2 and Coldplay have inadvertently made countless bands take themselves too seriously and have to have some kind of message in every song. Prasec doesn’t have any of that and instead focuses on the enjoyable parts of rock, which are all but forgotten within the mainstream and far too infrequently within indie circles.
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