SleekStain - 2010 - Rock N' Roll
1. My Friend Jack
2. Hard Rain
3. Doctor Love
4. Rock N' Roll Nation
Along with the new singer, came a new style. SleekStain is far more sleazy, fast and hard than on their previous release, which can only be applauded of course.
The songs are less technical, but make up for that in catchiness. Even more than the previous demo, the riffs and hooks cling to you and provide that needed grooviness to the songs.
"Hard Rain", as well as "My Friend Jack" thrive on a sturdy, simple riff that carries the entire song. Charly's singing adds extra punch to it, and combined they form the essence of SleekStain as we saw them in Roeselare.
There's still hints of the old style of course, showing in some of the breaks and rhythm lines, but that only shows that they have bettered and already good formula for songwriting.
Right, on to the very first ballad heard from these guys, giving Charly a chance of definitely proving his vocal skills.
All the classic elements are there in "Doctor Love": starting off instrumentally, continuing slowly through the first verse, stacking up tension on the way through the chorus, leading to that inevitable drum roll to kick the song into action.
Strange enough, the true action does not come. "Doctor Love" stays right down in the accoustics, only the drum drags a beat across the guitar tracks, and the bass fills the whole by sewing the guitar parts together with some decent fills. At the end, we do get some solos bursting through.
Charly stays in his usual voice range, which creates a non-surprising ballad. I'm missing the icing on the cake, the one lick, roll or emotional melody to make this a ballad to remember, but it doesn't come unfortunately. Nevertheless, this is a song that stands strong.
SleekStain finishes with the live favourite, "Rock N' Roll Nation", the anthem I enjoyed watching them live. Another groovy riff, great backing vocals and a full-blown party song. Obviously, it's never as good as it is on-stage, but I like it anyway.
More than a great souvenir of their show, this demo shows that there's great potential in young bands, and it looks like there's more to come!