Artist: Romantic Rebel
Album: Romantic Rebel
With a name like Romantic Rebel, you might expect a Black Veil Brides knock off or some cheap, horrible emo band. However, this Chicago quartet is anything but. In fact, they put a new spin on the face of rock! The coolest part about it all is that this band has a female lead that sounds like a cross between Joan Jett, Lzzy Hale and maybe even a little bit of Pat Benatar thrown in! That’s definitely not to say she sounds exactly like (or is trying to sound like) any of these artists, this is just the comparison and vibe I got. Unique is a word that suits this band like no other. They stray far from the expected “cuteness” that comes with mainstream Rock N Roll, they take the mold and not only break it, but smash it into tiny shards… never to be replicated. Their debut, self-titled album was just released on Pavement Entertainment and, to say that I am impressed with it is a huge understatement. On this album, you go from straight-up balls-to-the-wall Hard Rock to right on the verge of heavy metal…sometimes in the same song! The guitar-work on this album is phenomenal because, to the untrained ear… it sounds a lot like a typical, run-of-the-mill hard rock album. If you’re like me, though, you will catch the duel guitars, the technicality, the absolute driving force that comes with the instrumentals on this album. Take tracks like “Lie” (which features the legendary Brendon Small) which come at you full-force, not leaving room to brake before they smash your eardrums in… but in the best of ways.
Of course, there are some still heavy, yet more subtle tracks like “Madness” which are driven by a guitar riff that will easily get stuck in your head. It will become apparent fairly quickly why Pavement just had to have this band. They aren’t a band that was just pulled off of the street, you can feel the blood, sweat and tears that were poured into this album more and more with each listen. It’s no secret that this reviewer likes female-fronted rock bands, but this takes that to a whole new level. It’s good to see females become a rising force in the music scene!
Whether you’re a fan of solos, catchy hooks, straight-up jams or just looking for something new amidst the stale world that has become our rock scene, you’ll want to check out Romantic Rebel. The album is now available wherever you buy music so there are no excuses not to pick this fiery gem up!