Thursday, January 29, 2015

CD Review: The Cleveland Steamers Want You To Know "Who's Next" With New Release

From Cleveland, OH comes the latest release, "Who's Next" from the indie-rock band The Cleveland Steamers. They are the brainchild of former Pink Holes bassist Scott "Cheese" Borger and their music has more of a grunge feel than the punk music that fans might be used to from Borger. They released two studio albums over the course of the last two years ("Terminal" in 2013 and "Who's Next" in 2014) and are beginning to gather some underground attention in their hometown. Their debut album "Terminal" begins with the guitar driven rocker "Chatterin' Monkeys" as their alternative sound is raw with grunge-like aspects. Their sound gets more aggressive during "Tim's Eyes" as the band sound swings between the modern rock feel of "Falling Apart" and the punk-like, garage rock of "Hot Biscuits." The album finishes with the slow, dark tones of "Glad Your Dead."
 
The latest album from The Cleveland Steamers entitled "Who's Next" has a more underground alternative sound beginning with "Standing In Line," which could have been featured on MTV's "120 Minutes" show. The song's chorus is stuck on repeat until it's instilled into your brain. With singer Meredith Rutledge taking more of a lead role on the vocals, songs like "Dance Baby" and "Malala" have a lighter rock sound that is more accessible and could catch the attention of the mainstream. They still dive into the garage-rock of "Nothing At All," which is highlighted more by the instrumentation then the lyrics. The band finally opens up with the fun, punk-like energy of "Papa Oom Maw Maw," before returning to the reckless rock of "Being With You." The album closes with a two-minute reprise of the opener "Still Standing" as if the chorus wasn't already being repeated in your head from before. To find out more about The Cleveland Steamers and their latest albums, please visit smogveil.com.

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