Wednesday, April 06, 2016

Tears From Venere-Temporary Lives


Tears From Venere is a up-and-coming hard & heavy/pop punk-infused Italian rock n' roll band that was formed in 2011 and is made up of vocalist/guitarist Vincenzo Santoriello, guitarist/backing vocalist Andrea Morelli, bassist/backing vocalist Simone Morelli and drummer Matteo Rendina. The self-produced (and ABSOLUTELY recommended!) "Temporary Lives" is Tears From Venere's first full-length release and this golden gem of an album(!) follows in the footsteps of several successful singles and a 2012 EP called "A Long Road For Happiness...". Packed from top to bottom with nine great tracks of pure rock n' roll fun, "Temporary Lives" opens by way of the catchy "Roulette" and doesn't take it's foot off of the pedal until the very end of "Frame And Glory"! In-between those two very cool numbers there is one hell of a wild & crazy rock n' roll party going on so it's probably a good thing that you set yourself up with a designated driver before hanging out with the four guys in Tears From Venere! When it comes to debut albums there are very few that are as much fun and well-structured as "Temporary Lives". Then again there are probably not a lot of Italian rock bands like Tears From Venere! On the one hand you're looking at a hard rock band with more than a few familiar influences. Some of these would be Guns N' Roses, Hanoi Rocks, Dangerous Toys, Alice Cooper, Ratt, New York Dolls, Velvet Revolver, and "Too Fast For Love"-era  Mötley Crüe. That's all fine and dandy I hear you saying and you are quite right with that assessment. There is nothing fancy about that lot of influences. Not at all. The thing is you are also looking at a group of heavy rockers that pulls off HUGE chunk out of bands like Eddie and the Hot Rods, (early) Green Day, Bad Religion, The Stooges, All, (early) The Offspring, and Social Distortion for consumption. What you ultimately end up with is a bar room-worthy Italian four-piece that is smashes together late eighties/early nineties pop punk, heavy rock, old-fashioned hard rock, seventies punk, and garage metal. And it's all been neatly bundled together by way of real rock and roll. How very thoughtful...

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