“Judge me now for what I do, I’m coming at ya, Nothing left to lose, So come on motherfucker”
Buoyed by that defiant proclamation, Jacksonville’s Fit For Rivals tear through the explosive “Hit Me,” the first song off of their long-awaited follow-up toSteady Damage. The new album, Freak Machine proves that good things do indeed come to those who wait, as the offering showcases the band’s diversity with a killer mix of new creations and recent favorites.
This album grabbed my attention from the very first spellbinding keyboard notes ushering in the opening track, the fantastic “Special Kind Of Crazy.” I was hooked immediately and the quick four song journey just got progressively better.
Recalling comfortable images of Sum 41 and Jimmy Eat World, this talented young quartet out of Philly is on the fast track to rock success. Their debut album, Let’s Get You Somewhere Else , is jammed with aggressive, bouncy rock that proves hard to put down. They’ve been together a scant two years, but have already developed a nice reputation in their local rock scene and a growing ardent following.
From the opening notes of the hard-charging “The Concrete Sound,” these guys grab your attention. The guitar riffs are hypnotic, Phil Warner’s vocals captivating and the tune fresh, yet also absolutely comfortable. Yeah, I know comfortable might not feel right for a band with a hard rocking punkish vibe, but that’s what I got. They’re like an old friend back on the scene with a kick ass new album.
“Heavy Money” is a an absolute blast to listen to and one of the first cuts to firmly lodge in my memory. It, and songs like “A Quiet Stretch of Weather” remind a bit of a faster-paced Gaslight Anthem. They’re catchy rock tunes through and through that drive uncontrollable foot stomping, head nodding, bouncing and spinning.
My favorite track is the guitar driven “Sunset, Sugar.” The lyrics are interesting and worth a listen and the perfect accompaniment to another addictive track.
The album really never lets down, It’s thirty-plus minutes of straight-forward rock and roll with a bit of a punk edge. It’s both raw and polished at the same time, and truly, it’s just pretty damn hard not to like.
Let’s Get You Somewhere Else is an excellent refreshing offering at a time where we could all use it. The music is pure rock. It’s consistent, fast-paced power rock; good stuff and something that any fan of fast-paced rock will appreciate.
Check out their album below on iTunes, guaranteed that you’ll find ten or eleven cuts that you really like.
Unfortunately, I picked up this album too late to realize they were just cruising through Florida, but rest assured, we won’t be missing these guys next time through, although it may be in a larger venue.