Never judge a book by its cover...or so they say. And the same applies to albums cause the quite awful art work that graces the cover of Future Shock's 6-track debut EP by no means represents its musical content.
The 4-piece that is Future Shock was formed a mere 18 months ago but collectively the band members have quite some musical experience under their belt and it sure shows in their performance and sound.
And that sound is a mixture of elements from the '80s and '90s rock scene with a bit of '70s seasoning to top things off. Think Deep Puple, Bad Company, Ozzy Osbourne,...classic hard rock with a groove.
As already mentioned the members of this UK outfit are seasoned musicians and especially guitarist Andy Basiola deserves an extra mention for his infectious riffs and his mostly short but melodic solos.
It also benefits to have a versatile singer who can handle both the rockier and more laid back stuff and in the person of Luka Twitch they have just that. Mister Twitch's vocals are soulful yet with enough grit and a fair hint of one Paul Rodger's.
The bouncy “Not Defeated” is the first tune on offer here and is propelled by a pumping rhythm section. Guitarist Andy switches from highly melodic playing to heavy and chugging the next without missing a beat.
Up next is the ultra groovy almost funky “Beside Me” while “Life Goes On (I'm Movin' On)” and closing track “When Reality Strikes” show a more subtle side of the band.
In between we have the glorious '70s vibe of the stomping “Hard Times” and the quite radio friendly “Someday”.
According to the info I received Future Shock have already started making their mark on the London hard rock music scene and with a fine set of tunes like this to built their reputation upon, they could well go a long way. That being said their music isn't an instant fix but needs multiple listens for the melodies to dig deeper and deeper. (PS
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