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The Answer - Everyday Demons

The Answer, Everyday Demons

Review by Jack Foley

IndieLondon Rating: 2 out of 5

NORTHERN Irish four-piece The Answer finally get round to releasing their follow-up to Rise in the form of Everyday Demons and nothing much has changed.

They’ve recently supported AC/DC on their world tour and are a perfect fit – a stadium-filling rock band with the emphasis on big… big drums, big guitar riffs and big, loud vocals. It’s a heady drew… but one that’s more likely to leave to reaching for the headache pills.

Described as “heartfelt, melodic, honest and passionate”, Everyday Demons was recorded in the summer of 2008 at Los Angeles studio Seedy Underbelly with John Travis (Kid Rock, Buckcherry, Social Distortion etc). It’s packed full of grandiose rock songs, but while some of the guitar work is impressive, Cormac Neeson’s wail of a lead vocal is consistently grating. It’s as though he watched a film like The Rocker or Mark Wahlberg’s Rock Star and decided he wanted to be in a band.

But while in live form you can imagine fans going wild for his vocal excess, in LP form it’s a case of “keep a lid on it, please”.

Almost every song follows the same formula, and belongs in a bygone era. The Answer may call it paying tribute to classic values, a la AC/DC and their other Guitar Heroes. But you just feel this is a band that’s never really grown up and their enthusiasm fails to translate.

Even supposedly slow-builders, such as Why’d You Change Your Mind? can’t resist exploding to life at several points, while gutsy headbangers such as Demon Eyes, Walkin’ Mat and Too Far Gone are just unrelentingly awful.

Admittedly, there are a couple of tracks that are bearable. On And On may pound the living daylights out of you, but it’s fun in a retro/Guitar Hero kind of way, while final track Evil Man thrives on its big guitar moments and harmonica outro.

But by then it’s really a case of too little, too late… and still not that great.

Download picks: On And On, Evil Man

Track listing:

  1. Demon Eyes
  2. Too Far gone
  3. On and On
  4. Cry Out
  5. Why’d you change your mind?
  6. Pride
  7. Walkin’ Mat
  8. Tonight
  9. Dead of theNight
  10. Comfort Zone
  11. Evil Man