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MIKE KROL – ‘Power Chords’ Album Review

MIKE KROL – Power Chords

Mike KrolDue to be released on the 25th January 2019, Power Chords is Mike Krol’s new Merge release,  and traces his journey back to punk rock, harnessing both the guitar technique and the musical redemption referenced in its title.

The eleven-song album opens with the feedback drenched introduction to the title track, Power Chords. With huge melodies, massive riffs and powerful drums, the song blends the likes of Weezer with Husker Du as Mike Krol delivers a muscle-bound power-pop-punk effort. On What’s The Rhythm the signature vocals return with a hint of distortion as the mid-paced rocker is led by some booming beats before developing into a saccharine sweet monster chorus!

The screaming lick that overlays the huge riffs of An Ambulance help create a sense of urgency as the track ebbs and flows with sheer power and Little Drama opens with an explosion to develop into a raucous rocker sounding like the Jesus & Mary Chain on speed!

Left For Dead stutters into view with some stops and starts and then launches into a dirty garage-punk like atmosphere with the melodies sweet and hooks heavy sort of like The Pixies whereas Blue and Pink is more Elastica with serrated riffs, solid beat and bombastic bass guitar settling into an edgy mid-paced rocker with some screeching guitar work for added flavour!

The feedback returns to set up I Wonder with some dirty, fast-paced guitars and those distorted/echo-infused vocals dripping with melody sounding like Australia’s Vines before Wasted Memory shows Krol’s knack for penning a powerful and beguiling song as the song has some 1960’s Beach Boys vibes but just a little rawer, a little edgier and a little raunchier! The guitars keep on strumming fast and loud on Nothing To Yell About with vocals and atmosphere in the vicinity of Iggy & The Stooges meeting The Ravonettes!!!

The penultimate song, Arrow In My Heart, is lower, more menacing with a massive fuzzed out bass lick and rhythmic guitars producing a big, muscle-bound rocker. The album closes with the aptly titled, The End, where Mike Krol lays down some more {ahem} power chords to support some melodic vocals and big beats.

The album is melodic, raw and powerful and a great addition to the 2018 vintage. You can grab a copy here:-



Tour Dates:

Mon 22 April – London – The Social

Tue 23 April – Bristol – Crofters Rights

Wed 24 April – Manchester – The Castle

Thu 25 April – Glasgow – Hug & Pint

Fri 26 April – Leeds – Brudenell Social Club

Sat 27 April – London – Test Pressing Festival, Hackney Wick



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