CD REVIEW: The Love Load - "The Human Resourceful"
By: Cyrus Rhodes
"Band to watch in 2011"
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Artist: The Love Load
CD: The Human Resourceful
Label: Independent Artist
Genre: Punk, Alternative, Psychadelic Rock
Sounds Like: The Ramones, The White Stripes, The Foo Fighters
Technical Grade: 8/10
Production/Musicianship Grade: 8/10
Weakness: CD is a bit short, Marketability
Washington D.C. 4 piece The Love Load fronted by Ted Watts releases their latest CD The Human Resourceful in 2010. Band members include Watts - Guitars, Bass & Vocals, Ben Azzara - Drums, Blaine Misner – Guitars & Percussion. CD was produced by Nicole Frost.
Logging in at just over 33 minutes the CD kicks off into high gear with solid garage rock vibe beat, “The Human Resourceful” a hard hitting, psychedelic guitar groove against emotionally charged vocals, & well placed harmonies & hooky chorus by Watts. Track 2 “Crisis” serves up another solid low end groove, with hard punk rock musical flow coupled with hooky vocal accents from Watts. Track 3 “The Sun” keeps things moving in the right direction with its pulsating rock groove meshed with an infectious vocal melody that flows & ebbs its way through emotional fruition. The CD makes a solid first impression dishing out 3 solid songs in a row. As the CD unfolds I can hear many musical influences reminiscent of White Stripes, Weezer & The Foo Fighters & even brief splashes of The Toadies, Black Sabbath & classic Ramones. Right from the start you will notice Watts & company feel quite comfortable just letting it all hang out musically, not holding anything back. The overall musical vibe has a nice psychedelic, raw indie feel to it. Watts guitar playing is rock solid across the board as he dishes out impressive rhythm guitar licks. Equally as impressive is Watt’s vocal presence & thought provoking lyrics as he takes several vocal risks thought the CD indicating to me a strong & confident vocal ability. Watts voice works & ss packed to the hilt with passion, & recklessness abandon. Watts has got the voice & plays guitar well. If he just so happened to write all these songs – well that pretty much makes him a musical triple threat. The musicianship from all the other members in the band is above the bar & has everything you would expect from a standard 3 piece delivery. Kudos goes out to drummer Azzarra with some amazing chops as he pushes the natural accents extremely well. Watts clearly makes the (singer to listener) vocal connection with his singing. The songs themselves are short & sweet musical experiences, each one possessing unique personality, flair, & signature groove. From dynamic “We are Going Out to Nice” to slow slithering instrumentals “Pain” & “Birth” to hard hitting “Candy Dish” to hypnotic “Nervous Alligator” this CD pretty much has something for just about everyone. The CD Ends with classic Kinks cover “No More Looking Back.”
At 33 minutes the CD is a bit short. It’s fair to say 3-5 more songs would make the CD even better. I want to hear even more emotionally changed screams out of Watts on a few of the songs. I mean screams, you know THE ONES THAT MAKE THE HAIR STAND UP ON THE BACK OF YOUR HEAD type screams. This would make the catalogue even more powerful & dark.
The Human Resourceful by The Love Load is a rock solid statement from start to finish. Song for song, note for note it never really lets it’s guard down. It just has a rock solid, full tilt indie rock groove to it that is highly original & unpredictable in nature. Some songs are dark, other psychedelic other hard hitting – all short & sweet musical statements. It’s strong suit – the song for song rock solid consistency & rock solid vocal presence of lead singer Watts Like the aforementioned he is a musical triple threat & should be considered a premier talent within the band. Let’s just hope his head doesn’t ever catch up with his talent is any time soon. If The Love Load has a slam dunk live presentation then they would be the band to watch in 2011. No doubt they are a lot of fun to check out live. So if you like college alternative rock that dishes out a hard hitting punk rock edge then you should jump into this CD head first.
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