Can you take a guess what kind of music a band called Rough Grind with an album cover containing a skull might make? If you guessed Euro dance pop you are horribly wrong. If you guessed whiskey fueled rock ‘n roll that feels like a boot up your “tuchus” you are on the right track. The guys have a tinge of ‘80s metal mixed into their biker rock. To be honest there isn't too much to say about this band because the songs are straightforward hard rock with no pretension behind them. The listening experience is visceral and immediate. This is music that does down fast like a shot.
They open with the hardest in your face song out of the four called “Bag of Bones.” The band comes in all at once. No build up, no intro just immediate rocking out. The drums are loud, the guitars growl and the vocalist sounds like someone you won't want to mess with. It’s obvious that the band likes it loud but they also can deliver a fairly memorable melody.
“Exit Ahead” is led by a palm muted guitar and that ‘80s vibe I mentioned earlier. The band delivers an anthemic chorus and has a good amount of guitar to keep you happy. “For Heavens Sake” is another song that immediately jumps out of the gate and delivers non-stop rock until it ends while “Son of a Gun” actually contains a couple of cleans guitars before they lay on the distortion.
I’m not going to say Rough Grind will appeal to everyone because they won’t. What I will say is that they a recognizable hard rock sound that will appeal to a core demographic. Rock on.
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