EP REVIEW: The Love Load - Three on a Match
By: Cyrus Rhodes
"packs a powerful punch"
- INDIE MUSIC DIGEST-
Artist: The Love Load
EP: Three On A Match
Label: Independent Artist
Genre: Hard Rock, Alternative Rock, Punk
Sounds Like: Stone Temple Pilots, Mudvayne, Foo Fighters, The White Stripes, System of the Down.
Technical Grade: 9/10
Weakness: EP Release
Washington D.C. power trio, The Love Load, has released a four song EP Three on a Match following their internationally acclaimed debut, The Human Resourceful. This second release sees the group both coalescing as a true band with Ted Watts handing over all the guitar reins to Blaine Misner ( who also produced, mixed, and recorded the record aided by assistant engineer William H. Waikart III) and regressing into punk aggression served up on a soon to be release 33rpm 7inch complete with a digital download card.
The CD kicks things off with well with “Manipulate” a foreboding rock groove that serves up slithering rock rhythm against no holds barred guitar ambience against heartfelt vocals from Watts that takes no prisoners. Track 2 “Words” shifts gears a bit with the title track a melodic follow-up piece that serves up an impressive follow-up piece that flows and ebbs its way through to emotional fruition with its grand slam chorus and catchy vocal vibe. Track 3 “White Man’s Burden” keeps things rocking with its melodic guitar ambience, classic Jam Band feel and off the charts musical intensity. I like the curve ball ending to this track. As the CD quickly unfolds I can hear influences ranging from Stone Temple Pilots, Mudvayne, Foo Fighters with perhaps a dash of The White Stripes and even System of the Down. The music has everything you would expect from a high octane power driven punk-rock CD. The musical style refuses to be pinned down, the vocals are gritty but deep in your grill. The guitar playing is hot to the touch. There are also touches of Classic Jam band but with a modern Psychedelic-Rock aftertaste. The vocal style of Watts reminds me allot of Ozzy Osborne works extremely well with this style of music with its stereotypical jagged edge delivery. I might add his timing is spot on and his vocal intensity is off the charts. I also noticed a few hot to the touch guitar solos along the way. Rhythm section - lays down the low end groove thick as a brick. What I like most about the music is its sheer intensity; note for note and song for song. From this EP pretty much has something for just about everyone. The CD ends with Track 4 “Flight” the perfect finale statement for a CD of this caliber.
This latest 4 song teaser release from The Love Load entitled Three on a Match is a solid musical statement from start to finish. Its strength – the raw song for song intensity that keeps coming at you. No doubt these guys are a total riot to check out live in the back clubs of DC. The music is dirty, rock solid, heavy and consistent and all about Sex Drugs and Rock n’ Roll. Like a heavy weight boxer the songs keep coming at you one after the other - with no sign of letting up. Like a 1-2 punch the song keep coming at you, one after the other until you’re ready to tap out. What am I trying to say - it packs a powerful punch THE LOVE LOAD ROCKS!!!!!!!!