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.
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