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Sweethead
Sweethead
The End Records
www.sweethead.net


Heavy on brazen guitar shreds and rockabilly grooves, Sweethead's music is reminiscent of Chrissie Hynde and The Pretenders. The band's self-titled CD is bulky in guttural guitar tones and bold drum strikes while trussed in the smoldering vocals of lead singer Serrina Sims. Produced by the band's guitarist Troy Van Leeuwen, Sweethead's self titled album is covered in scorching guitar shreds and pronounced beats that show signs of retro rock's rawness and bruising guitar punches.

"The Sting" is wired in gritty rock furls which switch to a country twang in "Meet In The Road" fostering a porch folk strumming. The heavy beats of drummer Norm Block in "City Of Dirt" contrast the shimmery guitar vibrations of "Running Out" which produces glazy atmospherics. The groaning bass pulls of Eddie Nappi in "The Other Side" and the rockabilly rhythm of "A.W.O.L." generate a punk rock pumping, which slows to a sauntering strut in "The Last Evening." The crimped guitar chords of "Traumatized And Dumb" create a billowing effect and the rapid pulsing along "Sinkhole International" radiate a power rock throttle.

Sweethead straddle the line between atmospheric rock like The Cure and a raw rock-slant with punk fringes relatable to The Pretenders. Their self-titled album is thick in garage rock swells and light on softly singed cuts. The band shows a leaning for retro rock grooves similar to The Raveonettes. The music portrays Sweethead's musical influences more so than their own individual style so the album does not distinguish the band from their peers. Named after a Bowie b-side, Sweethead's music seems more like a fade than an album made to last past its prime and its novelty stage.

-Susan Frances

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