Joel Monroe and Jasmina Bonilla are The Stroppers. The band formed not too long ago and recently released their eponymous album. They have an ever popular sound that has been around for about as long as rock has existed. The duo combine blues and garage rock not unlike The White Stripes, to a lesser degree The Black Keys and many other like minded bands.
I’d say about seventy five percent of the allure of this type of rock music is just the attitude. It’s fun music to play and hear live. These type of songs can work in a big venue or a local dive bar well past the hour everyone should be home sleeping.
The album opens with “Ride” and in the first five seconds you should know what you are in for. Can someone say “I did a bad bad thing”. Did you picture the guy on motorcycle on the freeway yet?
Monroe gets the mood right with the vocals and really does so through the remainder of the album. As the album progresses the song are on spectrum between garage rock and blues. Take for instance “Summer Heat” which veers heavily into garage territory more aligned with contemporary artists like Ty Segall as well as pioneers like The Clash, The Buzzcocks and many more english band's.
A song like “Black Cat Blues” leans more heavily into blues rock. The duo does crush on a song like this. The songwriting and delivery is consistently top notch with “One-Eyed Suzy” being a possible break out single material amongst the pack. On that note there weren't any songs that felt like duds either. This is an album that you can play from the beginning.
The band has done their homework and refresh some classic moves that continue to make this style of music popular decade after decade. This release does not contain any surprises but does continue to flame the fire. Recommended.
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