SleekStain - 2008 - Demo
1. Addicted Pilgrim
2. Sweet Woman
3. All For You
4. If You Get Out The Plane
5. Sex Is Not A Crime
The opening band of the Pretty Boy Floyd / LA Guns gig brought out 2 demos, and curious as I was after their show, here goes with the first of them.
"Addicted Pilgrim" sets the tone, showing a busy-sounding, but structured band. Way on top of their game also, both music- and sound-wise.
After their vigorous live performance (with a different singer than the one on this disc), the demo definitely does not reach the same power as they have on-stage, but comes close enough to be enjoyable.
It's clear that the vocals on this demo are the weakest link, as the music (and backing vocals) are on a higher level. This becomes pretty clear in "Sweet Woman", where an awesome musical backbone gets overshadowed by vocals that sound exactly like the previous and next song.
"All For You" tries hard to bring the musical originality to the foreground with some great riffs and hooks. This is definitely one of the more swinging songs on the demo. I don't know what it is about this song, but there's great catchiness to it. The vocal breaks don't really work for me, but they do work up to the following riff nicely.
"If You Get Out The Plane" drives on an extremely energetic riff, and it's a great tension-builder. I like my rock simple and hard, so I don't really get the more abstract parts in this song, but they show that there's no lack of musical mastery in this band.
The best riffing on the demo, is definitely in "Sex Is Not A Crime". Not in the typical 4/4 structure, funkier than the other tracks, weird breaks, it's all there. It's not what I want to hear in a live show, but it does the trick on cd.
Another song that's best kept recorded and not performed, is "Austin". With its +8 minutes duration and slow build-up, it's great to get into and to analyze. Apparently, playing accoustic and adapting drum, bass and guitar parts to that playing, is not something SleekStain struggles with either.
To sum it up, this demo is the perfect example of how hard work provides good results. This is something to be proud of, demonstrating all aspects of the band in just 6 songs is not an easy task. Shame about those vocals though, but that must be the reason why Marcus is not in the band anymore...