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I found Underride during my trip to Seattle last year. I realize I was late to the Underride party, but getting their first only means something in the Olympics and with virgins. When it comes to music, who cares when you discover a great band. I received Distorted Nation a while back, but I was recently diagnosed with carpal tunnel because I have been furiously masturbating to this record.
I am not an expert in the band's history, that documentation can be found in lore and legends. All I know is that some songs I loved on One of Us, the band's 2008 release, have been reworked and find their way on Distorted Nation. Songs like Candy Girl and One of Us sound different and that may be more to the new production quality on Distorted Nation, which sounds as if the band had months/years in a high end studio. This only helps solidify and capture the intensity of the band.
Underride are like Motley Crue meets a grunge-y Guns N' Roses. You may be thinking, what the hell does that sound like? Well it sounds like Underride. Part of my job as a reviewer is to link a new band with the past so you, as a reader, can understand a bit what they sound like without actually hearing them. But Underride is a different beast because they don't exactly sound like any mainstream band out there, and that is a good thing.
They have a raw magnitude that grabs you by the balls and pulls hard like your school nurse. Even their softer sounding ballads still rock hard. Rev has a unique Dee Snider meets Use Your Illusion era Axl Rose. The low growling snarl is a great addition to these sex fueled, booze soaked rock anthems.
Guitar solos are traded by Suzuki Sixx and Princess...yea the guitarist name is Princess and if you got a problem with it, you fight him. I got carpal tunnel from masturbating; I'm not fit for fighting anyone. At times, their guitars are borderline out-of-control with power and emotion, yet like Hooters delightfully restrained. Oh their slogan is Delightfully tacky, well Underride isn't tacky.
As I stated in my hasty review (here) of One Of Us "Seattle's Underride is poised to take the US by storm. They have the hooks, the ability, and the right pedigree to headline their own shows. Underride is the only Seattle product I choose to ingest on my own." I stand by those sentiments. Underride is ready to take the US kicking and screaming out of the Lady Gaga musically dominated landscape and into a world of rock! You can even bridge the gap with their better version of Lady Gaga's Paparazzi, which I prefer to the original.
I review a lot of albums and most don't really make it into my every day rotation of music. Underride has, which is a testament to their sound, personality, and staying power. Wake up fuckers! Underride is here.