The recent release The Private Sector by Print Is Dead is a decent four-song EP but for Christ sakes look at that album art. I personally think it kind of funny but it’s literally seems like someone just took a random photo of the band in the recording studio. I think the guy with his hands in his pockets isn’t even aware a picture is being taken.
Print Is Dead isn’t definitely a rock band but I’m having a hard time categorizing their sound. Certainly not a bad thing if you ask me. There is a ‘80s metal thing going on; at other times they sound a bit reminiscent of a pop/punk band. I prefer the former over the latter any day of the week but to each his own.
The EP starts off with “Just Running and Playing/Crazy Love”, which has some slick guitar work and explosive choruses. The song is pretty predictable and the singer has a high pitched nasally voice, which some could find unappealing but all things considered the song is solid. The second track “The Best Thing” soars but sounds like a fairly standard pop/punk song except for the above average guitar parts.
The second half of the EP was better than the first half in my opinion. “I’m Not The One” sounds close to ‘80s metal and the vocal delivery is improved by a pretty decent margin. On top of that the song is powerful and I loved the guitar fills during the verse. “Believe Me” kicks some major ass. The second half has a couple of Joe Satriani blazing guitar solos. Diggin it.
All things considered The Private Sector is a decent EP. It left me hungry for some more material and also left me with some questions as to what a full length would sound like. Hopefully some of those questions will be answered in the not too distant future.
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