Trixter – New Audio Machine

TRIXTER – NEW AUDIO MACHINE

Released on April 24, 2012 by Frontiers Records

 

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Ahh, Trixter. One of those fringe bands from my youth who played good time party metal that was heavy on the party and light on the metal. They had a couple of MTV hits thanks to their youthful looks moreso than the music itself, then got swept quickly under the rug despite pumping out a decent sophmore album with 1992’s Hear!. Now comes the comeback album that people weren’t necessarily clamoring for even though the genre itself is experiencing a mild rennaissance in Europe. As for the new album, it picks up right where Hear! left off, freeze-packing that pre-grunge 1992 sound to be sampled some twenty years later. Which means the same complaints I would have had about the band back then remain: Peter Loran’s vocals are kinda weak (although he sings more within in his range as a 40 year-old than he did as a 20 year-old), the guitars, while tasty, lack a little punch, and the production is a bit thin. When you boil it down, the quality of musicianship is slightly higher than the norm (which is why they made it to a major label to begin with), but the music lacks the urgency that makes owning it a necessessity, a fact that’s reinforced by lyrics that don’t seem to have grown up as much as the band has (or have they?). Competent, but pedestrian, I liked it better on the second listen and I’ll probably enjoy it each time I play it. The question then becomes, when will I play it?

 

PRO-1, VOC-1, MUS-1, SNG-1, MISC-1

ALBUM RATING-5

 

TRACKS

  1. Drag Me Down
  2. Get On It
  3. Dirty Love
  4. Machine
  5. Live For The Day
  6. Ride
  7. Physical Attraction
  8. Tattoos & Misery
  9. The Coolest Thing
  10. Save Your Soul
  11. Walk With A Stranger

 

BAND

Pete Loran – Vocals

Steve Brown – Guitar

P.J. Farley – Bass

Mark “Gus” Scott – Drums

 

 

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