New album Out Of The Blues is Jönköping-based group The Striders‘ debut record. The four piece band delivers a great mix of hard blues rock, catchy guitar riffs and strong melodies with a large portion of dramatic and dynamic music. If you love names like Led Zeppelin, The Who, or Slade, then this could be the record for you. You can certainly hear the inspiration of those bands but The Striders songs still have their own unique and fresh sound. You’ll never get bored listening to this record as the songs just keep on growing on you.
The band takes you track- by-track through Out of The Blues:
Closer To The Sun – A heavy rocker with a hard driven guitar riff and a steady rhythm that keeps beating on like a runaway train. Be careful for what you wish for, you might get it…
Whole Lotta Lovin’ – A grooving song that hits you from the opening riff and each instrument is melted together in a harmonised riff with vocals that act as the glue in the middle. There’s really good slide work from the guitar where it shines during the solos. Give as much love to the world as you can!
Bag Full Of Bones – With its creepy sound, this song gets under your skin. Great dynamics going from down scaled sound bass and vocals in the front to full scale energy at the end.
Standing On Top – The Who meets Journey. With such energy mixed with a power pop chorus, you get their most ‘radio friendly hit’. Standing On Top starts off with a soft feeling but then just explodes. This is where the vocals really come through and the band shows their strong abilities in writing catchy vocal melodies. Be sure to listen carefully to the lyrics where you will hear a strong story about a man that looks back on his life wishing things turned out differently.
Dandelion – Here the band turn down the intensity and let you get swept away with that soft feeling from an acoustic guitar and vocals. You are still here, even after you went away.
Rock’n Roll Star – Just a party rocker with some good old fashioned rock´n roll. You get some AC/DC stomp mixed with some Keith Moon drums. It’s not as easy and glamorous as you could think to be a rock´n roll star.
Move On – Also a heavy rocker with it’s hooky riffs, strong vocals and pure intensity. One of the strongest tracks on the album. With a tight and heavy riff, screaming vocals, strong dynamics, Move On leaves you in a state of wanting more. If it doesn’t work, don’t be scared to just break it up and …move on.
Supernatural – A real head banging, foot stomping beat. You just can’t stand still. Again, the song features a strong riff mixed with powerful vocals. Sometimes you feel “supernatural”, this tune will help you boost that feeling.
Addicted – Starts of with a guitar melody that sets the signature of the song. It’s a tune with a mid-tempo groove and strong vocals. When the chorus kicks in, the signature guitar melody is covered with a sing-along-chorus that fit beautifully together.
Hellhound Blues – This little tune closes the album. And what a closing tune clocking in at over six minutes. Hellhound Blues is a melting pot of sweet guitar harmonies, in your face vocals, dramatic arrangements and an explosive finale. The lyrics also bring a well-told story …be sure to use your time well, while you’re still here!
Out of the Blues is released on May 12th.