The Twelve AM is a band comprised of Lee D'Ambrosio (drums), Chris Champagne (guitar) and Steve Michels (bass). They are one full sounding three-piece band. The guitars are often a wall of distortion, the drums sound like you are two feet away and the bass holds all of it together. If I had to sum up the band in one word I would say explosive.
On their release Pretty Noise, they get going with “Punk Drunk” which is indicative of what you can expect from the remainder of the album. There is no denying this feels like a song that needs to be played loud. Heck, I would even say at lower volumes the song would be hard to ignore. There are a good amount of memorable melodies that come from both the guitar and vocal melody.
“Run With The Bulls” actually reminded me of Blink-182 if they were on steroids. I thought “Elope” was one of the highlights. The guitar rhythm and the snare cracks when there was some space sounded great. On top of that the hook really stuck out to me.
They keep the pedal to the ground with “Almost Gone” which has a slight early shoegaze feel to it. In fact I felt a similar way when I heard “Lipstick Red” which contains a killer guitar solo and a memorable chorus.
You get a break from distortion on “Guitar Boys” which contains some very pretty guitar picking. The song has a slight country feel I wasn’t expecting. They continue to rock with “Heart Beats” and “New Girl.” They have more of an Americana vibe on “Empty” and close with “Mu Autumn” which is adynamic song with a number of epic crescendos.
The Twelve AM bring a heavy dose of rock with this release. Recommended.
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