The Biters album Electric Blood reviewed by Navaeh
First and foremost, I know firsthand how hard a band works on a record. This review should in no way be represented as fact and should not deter anyone from trying them out. After all, I’m just a guy ripping off my favorite bands from the 90’s. What the hell do I know? These are my thoughts and opinions after a few listens of "Electric Blood" by Biters.
The band sonically reminds me of a love child between The Cars, Joan Jett and The Black Hearts, and Boston with other influences sprinkled in from the late 70's rock era. It would be very easy to think these guys have been around for decades. They have the sound nailed and execute it with precision. Biters are a TIGHT band and their rhythm section commands a pocket bigger than any JNCO’s I’ve ever owned.
The record has some really catchy tunes, the most memorable being "Heart Full Rock n Roll", and "Space Age Wasteland". The album Electric Blood has songs that will have you humming uncontrollably. It offers big, catchy, choruses that made bands from the late 70’s rock scene famous. If you listen closely, you can still hear me humming the tunes. Their lead single "1975” however, falls short for me and leaves me wanting the "Big Chorus" melody I found in these other tunes.
Production wise, I personally would have liked bigger, live-r (probably not a word) sound, reminiscent of Led Zeppelin and Van Halen from that time period. I get the throwback vibe that the band and producer were going for, but given the ridiculously huge melodies in some of the stand out tunes, it ends up falling a bit flat. I’m sure the band’s “sound” was part of the decision to go the route of "Let’s make it sound like Rumors” but those GIANT chorus melodies begged the question, “Why doesn’t it sound like Van Halen (self titled debut)”?
Overall I give the record 3/5 stars and will keep a watchful eye on this band as I dig their tunes quite a bit.