- "Left of Center"
By Brad Podray
If you've ever enjoyed the whole ska-reggae-rock
thing, then your purchase of "Left of Center" will be worth it. Let
me just throw a disclaimer in here really quickly before I go on: I hate
this type of music with a passion. It seems most bands along the
same vein of Supathrive are up in a genre entirely based around a 3 chord
guitar progression on every other beat of the measure. In many ways,
Supathrive does not deviate from this pattern. Yet, there was something
about certain song aspects that I found, oddly enough, to be enjoyable.
There is a certain degree of musical talent I can clearly identify within
the songs. The singer's voice at times is smooth as silk that's been
buttered and sanded down(despite the fact that sanding and buttering silk
doesn't make any sense at all). The drumming establishes a solid
groove and the instrumentation is, at times, quite complex. Yet,
the album has its moments of predictability, as the Sublime influence is
equaled only by glaring Red Hot Chili Peppers influence.
Some of the tracks seem as if I'm listening
to a very original and talented band that suddenly randomly decides to
say, musically, "Hey! We're Red Hot Chili Peppers and Sublime fans!
Watch this!" and the part of the song changes accordingly. Don't
get me wrong. If you even remotely like the aforementioned two very
popular bands, you should be interested in Supathrive. Their song
"Regrets" sticks out as a hard hitting rock track. It shows deviance
from their influences and proves their capability to write an original
song. Supathrive also covers the famous "Get up, Stand up" with style,
inciting no complaints from a bitter man like myself. To contrast
these enjoyable pieces are some moments like the song "Let Go," which may
as well be a cover of a sublime song I've never heard. Anyhow, those
moments shouldn't let one be distracted from the musical talent clearly
displayed by the band and musical gems which shine like a shiny new bicycle.
Sure to please: Alot of people, probably.
Anyone who ever was a fan of Sublime, Red Hot Chili Peppers, stuff where
the guitar played higher-octave chords on every-other beat of the measure.
Sure to disappoint: Reggae-haters, Rap
fans, industrial rock fans, Fantomas fans, people who hate anything that
sounds like sublime because they're closed minded and regard sublime influenced
bands as evil rip-offs sent by Satan or the equally as sinister Baal to
- "Left of Center"
4. Get up Stand up
5. Mental Anarchy
6. Streets of Unknown
7. Double Dime
12. Let Go
13. Against It All
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