- Boiler Room
Tommy Boy Records
Boiler Room doesn't
pull any punches with their Tommy Boy Records debut, "Can't Breath". Filled
with crunchy guitar, Trent Rezner meets Scott Stapp vocals, funky beats
and powerful songs that go to eleven! Opener "Do it Again" sets a high
pace for the album and the remaining tracks don't bring you back
down. If you're a riff addict, this is the must have release of the
year. While most modern metal bands rely heavily on drop D tuned power-chords,
Boiler Room brings the lead guitarist back into vogue with some great chops
and leads. Brothers' James and Mike Meselsohn's solid rhythm section provide
the perfect backdrop for vocalist Chris Lino, who seems perpetualy on the
brink of a Primal Scream while keeping the tunes melodic. The overall
sound falls into the middle ground between Nine Inch Nails and Soundgarden.
This is one hot debut from a band that should have an easy time making
a name for themselves with the current hard rock renaissance.
New Yorkers with
solid songs, moving melodies and fierce grooves, Boiler Room are not afraid
of making bold statements. Their Tommy Boy Records debut, Can’t Breathe,
is a collection of them - 11 heart-stopping tracks, each their own testament
to the resurrection of the New York rock scene by these hard-fought heroes.
For the four members of Boiler Room, it’s all about the rush and the burn.
It’s all about plugging in and delivering.
From the chords-grinding
start-up of “Do It Again” to the stutter-crunch of “Patience”, the pounding
sweep of “Insomnia” straight to the low-end riffy rumble of “No Reason”,
Boiler Room doesn’t let a moment go by without grabbing the listener ‘round
the ears and yanking ‘em in head-first. Produced by Kid Rock knobsman John
Travis and mixed by Phil Nicolo, known for his work with LOA and Cypress
Hill, Can’t Breathe is, song for song, the great New York hard rock record
for generation next.
Boiler Room has not
gone unnoticed. Since forming in 1996, the foursome has been a buzzword
on the local club circuit, gigging with sundry heavyweights including Type
O Negative, King’s X, LOA, Clutch and Static X. They also caught the attention
of local radio, winning fans at New York uberstation WXRK (KROCK). “A big
highlight for us was playing a KROCK sponsored show with Orgy,” drummer
Mike Meselsohn recalls. “Incredible energy in the room. We were on first
and it was a packed house. We were probably the only unsigned band to ever
get played as much as we have on that station! The next day, people were
calling in and requesting us!” Following that outstanding early ‘99 live
showing the point was clear: Boiler Room had arrived.
Whether it be from
the support of local radio, hard rock press or fans, the pressure to make
them proud “makes us go out there and do this 150 percent,” states Mike.
The laid-back frontman Chris Lino is quick to counter. “At the same time,
you’ve got to let go and enjoy yourself.” Clearly, Boiler Room is complete
because of its four distinct personalities feeding off each other. “There’s
definitely a balance that makes it all click,” says Chris. The band brought
that focus and feeling to the production of the album with producer Travis.
“Our demos were high quality,” states bassist James Meselsohn. “They were
getting played on the radio and you’d never know they were demos. We definitely
went above and beyond them with Can’t Breathe. The album is a lot more
energetic and organic. It feels like you’re right there with the band exploding
in your face!”
The band members
credit the influence of New York City itself: sights and sounds. “It all
filters in,” says Chris. As for musical influence, Chris adds “We don’t
just get our influences from other current rock bands. I listen to everything
from 60's Rock to today’s R&B and get more out of that than from, for
instance, listening to a Deftones record.” Chris’ lyrical perspective is
as straightforward as it comes: “Don’t hold back your feelings. You feel
a certain way about something, write it down…talk about it…sing about it…scream
Boiler Room have
already set themselves apart from the pack in their hometown. Still, the
picture and perspective is a lot bigger. “It seemed for a long time like
there was such a strong West Coast clique and there was nothing going on
in New York,” says Rob Caggiano, guitarist. “They were totally running
things out there. It was totally wide open for a band to come in and break
Boiler Room are that
band. Can’t Breathe is that record. Eleven super-charged songs that don’t
give up or give in.
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