It was early ’90s. I was around twelve and I finally discovered rock. The band that blew my mind was Guns N’ Roses. They were my first love when it came to rock and god knows I listened to their music endlessly. I remember my first breakup was around that time and after she broke up with me for some reason I called her parents’ house and played the song “Get in the Ring” through the phone. No one picked up so I let the entire song play through the answering machine. Anyhow, I digress, the reason I bring this up is because I just listened to Take You For a Ride by Kruiser. If they are not as big fans of Guns N’ Roses as I am or a bigger fan then I have no idea what universe I’m living in. The band does have their own thing going on but there were so many times where certain riffs, breakdowns and parts where I was thinking “these guys must dig Guns N’ Roses.”
The band is comprised of Liam Heuser (guitar/vocals), Mikey Krause (guitar/vocals), Jake Wood (bass) and Jack Jump (drums). There are four songs on this EP and at the very least these songs should give you a very clear idea of who these guys are.
They open with “Take You For a Ride” and the title says it all. This is the single to my ears. The song hits hard and fast and gets to the chorus early in the game. It’s a sing-along worthy song and also one that sounds best loud.
Next up is “Not Much Left” which rocks out hard. They pull off some classic rock moves that real fans of the genre will eat up. “Rebels Are Blind” is equally as badass. They close with “Turn Around in Take” which is by far the most epic. The song starts off a little like “Patience” by Guns N’ Roses but instead of staying on the intimate, acoustic side the band decides to plug in their guitars and reach some epic crescendos.
I think these guys might have been born in the wrong decade. As a big fan of this music that is by no means an insult but you have to face facts. This type of music just isn’t that popular anymore. That being said I think it will have great appeal to fans of the genre and maybe, just maybe, if enough young people hear it we will have a resurgence. Spread the word - rock on my friends.
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