01 Recon Seed
03 Rock Star
05 Why We Fight
06 A Gold Guitar
07 Orange Freezes
08 Rebel Yell
09 Carried Away
10 2 And Ten Low
11 Voodoo For Fun And Profit
Quite a bit harder than what’s expected, but every bit as passionate is Alston. With thorough and well thought-out lyrics, it’s easy to see that the main focus behind it is on the booming guitarwork and the vocal abilities. And on their debut album, Voodoo For Fun And Profit (Repossession Records, 2005), you’ll swear you’ve heard this same stuff before, but just wait.
Opening track ‘Recon Seed’ should be a single if it isn’t already. This track showcases the band’s strong points the best and doubles as a great introduction.
Tempo speeds up in ‘Anna’, where lead vocalist Kobie Jackson is fast-talking, spinning words as efficiently as a rapper, but with more of an eloquent beat. The band comes off sounding extremely professional because they sound notably alike to the typical current-day bass-powered bands, and also Alice In Chains and a toughened-up Staind. But most uncanny is the band’s close call to System of a Down, which they replicate in many ways.
The New York City-based band is Jackson (vocals, guitars), Ron Paige (guitar, vocals), Alex Cando (bass) and Woody Wurzburg (drums, percussion).
Even in slower songs, like ‘Ordinary’, the only slow part to the track is the singing; the music remains consistently hard. Unique to this music genre is the fact that this song, and in a few others, is a story that completes itself in the handful amount of minutes its allotted.
Whether or not a hard rock band sidling along the lines of ‘graceful’ heavy metal is appealing, there is no ignoring the professionalism and quality of Alston’s sound, contrived from a heavy dose of drums, loud guitars and full-throttle vocals. Lyrically, the band finds creative ways to word generally simple phrases, and then adds a rhythmic twist.
Best of all, they also cover Billy Idol’s ‘Rebel Yell’ incredibly well. Almost perfection, but that would be Idol himself. Jackson hits all of Billy’s signature pitches right on key, even those sultry groans of his. It’s a downright damn good impression, if not anything else. Someone has been practicing in the shower for many a year here.
Full of energy and enthusiasm, while staying true to the song, how could a band not be successful, after such a move as that? Case-in-point.