Two Door Rev is the combined efforts of Sam Watroba (guitar/vocals), Jean Thorn (drums) and Josh Jacobs (bass). The band is a blend of punk and rock that brings an onslaught of energy on their recent self-titled release Two Door Rev. I love three-piece bands who can sound this full and I have to give it up to Matt Franklin who produced and engineered the album. The recording quality is exceptional and Franklin managed to capture the energy that the band has.
I have to admit this band surprised me with their unique delivery and inventive writing. Watroba doesn’t sound like every other singer out there and manages to throw in enough substantial guitar parts that I was never thinking they needed another layer of sound.
They bust right out of the gates with a killer song entitled “Conciliating Efforts.” The song is aggressive and spewing with jagged energy that will keep you at the edge of your seat. Watoba even delivers lyrics that require some thought and don’t feel contrived in any way. He sings, “Stop your conciliating efforts to bring forth the voices from afar They're stuffed into your vacuum closed and cloned jar Is it too late? Is it time to call them up? Is it time?” His voice almost melds with the guitar parts at times. Great stuff.
His opening lyrics on the second track “Call When You Are Bored” are hilarious. He sings, “Let me get this straight... Are we going out tonight? Are we gonna use my money to make it through the night?” They pound out some serious rock on “Falling Star” while “Sunset Boulevard” is another certified highlight. The band closes with “Hangin' Me Out To Dry” where Watroba sounds vaguely like Johnny Rotten.
My first thought when looking at their pics on their Bandcamp and Facebook page was that Two Door Rev was nothing more then a simplistic three-piece band that were probably still learning power chords. I couldn’t have been more wrong. These guys have some serious talent and I wouldn’t be surprised if they amass a serious fan base over the next couple of years.
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