The fourth full length release from New York’s own Eve To Adam is everything of which purist rock and roll fans dream. The almost dozen songs written for this record will keep listeners’ horns in the air from start to finish. The band grabs its listeners right from the album’s opener, ‘Locked & Loaded’ and only lets go once through the entire course of the album. Considering that this is the band’s fourth album, it’s a surprise that mainstream radio hasn’t picked up on this band, with its mix of catchy hooks and equally infectious choruses. Maybe this album will finally be the one to prove to programmers what they have been missing all along.
The album’s opener and title track is a solid first impression on this new record. It’s one of those defiant anthems that is certain to be just as much of a hit both on record and in a live setting. Front man Taki Sassaris sings to listeners, “Show respect/Looks like you’ve forgotten/Just who I am/Turn the cheek/That’s for someone else/No, not on my time.” The song’s raw musical energy elevates this line, as well as the song’s equally infectious chorus in which the band sings, “Locked and loaded/I don’t apologize/And I can keep it goin’ all night/All night/You’re outgunned baby/You should have realized/You brought a knife to a gunfight/Gunfight.” That pure vibe of “you can’t mess with me” exuded here is certain to make this song a fan favorite. That’s because of its ability to reach so many listeners. Who out there has not tried to step up to another person in one form or another and try to cause problems? Thanks to the society in which we live, retribution for such behavior is considered a crime. Luckily, this song serves as a way to release the angry energy built up by those people without being arrested. So kudos are in order to the men of Eve to Adam for that.
The energy established in the band’s opener doesn’t let up once that song is over. It pulls back only slightly at best as the band launches into the album’s second song, ‘Immortal.’ It’s one more that flips the proverbial middle finger at all of the naysayers that would try to kick a person when he or she is down. This is evident as Sassaris sings, “I’m never gonna need your sympathy/Cause you’ll never have a chance to miss me/You can try to shake me/I don’t care/I’m permanently everywhere/They never misspell my name/How about yours/Cause things I’ve done/are what they’re living for.” This can apply in the music industry. It can also apply in everyday life. There are those that will do whatever it takes to hold down others in either setting. It reaches so many different audiences of all ages. That ability to reach such a wide audience group makes it another song sure to be a fan favorite. And in turn, it makes this album that much more of a must hear for any fan of pure guitar driven rock and roll.
Eve to Adam offers plenty of thundering music and infectious choruses throughout the course of its new album. Surprisingly, there is actually one moment when the band pulls back on this record. That point comes in the album’s penultimate song, ‘Shut Out The World.’ The subtle guitars set against the song’s lyrics here make for an interesting juxtaposition to one another. It would have been so easy for this song to be just as high energy as the album’s other tracks, despite its lyrics. But the band collectively agreed to make this song more emotional, opting for a softer sound as Sassaris sings “Lock me in this place forever/Throw away the key/Cause all that matters/Is you and me/Lock me in this place forever/It’s where I wanna be/Cause all that matters/Is you and me.” The band was able to take a breakup song in ‘With The Truth’ and make it a high energy piece. So the natural question here is why make this song so much more subdued? The answer might lay in one of the song’s later verses in which Sassaris sings, “Inside this room/You’re safe from all/The pressures you’ve been fighting off/I’ll lift the weight/I’ll light the dark/I’ll let you be just who you are/So open up/And let me see/What you’ve been hiding underneath/You can’t deny/You can’t escape/A bond that holds and never breaks/So lay here with me/And shut out the world/Shut out the world.” This is more of a tender sentiment. The subject in question is singing to someone to whom he or she feels that emotionally connected. It’s clearer through this moment why the band opted t go softer on this song. And considering that the energy built through the album picks right back up on the album’s closer, it makes for one more interesting addition to the overall presentation. That addition and the album’s more high energy songs collectively make this record one more that any purist rock and roll fan will want to check out. Locked & Loaded is available now in stores and online. Fans can also pick it up at the band’s live shows as it tours in support of the album. The band has a handful of performances in North Carolina during its touring schedule. The first of those dates is a performance at Greensboro’s “Chili & Wing Fling” presented by 100.3 The Buzz. That performance is in two weeks on Saturday, November 16th. The band returns to North Carolina two days later on Monday, November 18th at Fayetteville’s Drunk Horse Pub. And that date is followed two days later on Wednesday, November 20th at Jacksonville’s famed Hooligans night club. Fans in other states can get a full list of the band’s current tour dates and all the latest news from the band online at http://www.facebook.com/evetoadam and http://www.evetoadam.com. To keep up with the latest sports and entertainment reviews and news, go online to http://www.facebook.com/philspicks and “Like” it. Fans can always keep up with the latest sports and entertainment reviews and news in the Phil’s Picks blog at http://philspicks.wordpress.com.