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Budderside - Budderside album review

Motorhead-influenced rockers cross genres from grunge to power-pop with new self-titled album

Of course, you can’t escape the Motörhead influence. The Los Angeles band are on Motörhead Music, produced by Lemmy’s son Paul Inder, and Phil Campbell even guests on the song Ska Bra but on a musical level, they’re certainly not a Motörclone.

This album stretches across a variety of styles, from power pop to grunge – it even includes hints of ska and symphonic rock. However, this is all held together by an appreciation for ensuring the eclecticism never overrides the Budderside style. And yes, there is style throughout.

Patrick Stone’s vocal approach brings to mind Robin Zander, while guitarist Michael Stoneman has the ability to range between severe riffs and gentle coaxing. Songs like Genocide, Let This One Breathe and My Religion sound like what might happen if The Cars and Foo Fighters formed a coalition. It’s bright, yet also has a tough skin. An effective debut.

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