Spank - Get Bent

Spank is a four piece from North Carolina playing some honest, melody-filled hard rock. Is comprised of guitarists vocalists Brian Boles and David Barker, bassist/vocalist Jody Blevins and drummer vocalist Ben Barker, and they take pride in the fact that they all contribute equally to the final product, a product that they aim to deliver at the very highest quality.

"Get Bent" is their second full-length album and, like the first "The Monkey", is produced by Mitch Easter (R.E.M., Let's Active), who also produced their EP "Within Without" with Beau Hill (Ratt, Warrant, Alice Cooper, Winger). The band mentions as its main influences everything from Kiss to Queen, from Zeppelin to Foo Fighters, to Black Sabbath and Van Halen: from classic to modern, from heavy to glam with a glance of quality pop, spiced with some killer guitars. And this is exactly what you are going to find in this album.

Listening to a classic ballad like "Hard to Understand" you may think Winger, with a sprinkle of early Darkness on that opening guitar riff. You can hear some Foo Fighters in "Step Out of Line", maybe some Kiss in "Back to Me", and then you'll find a ballad like "Breathing" where the guitar seems to come straight from an 80s American movie soundtrack and the chorus out of modern days MTV. Truth is, putting together everyone's influences and ideas these four actually managed to find their own trademark sound, an honest but not dull blend of melodic rock which can make even ballads sound interesting. And let's not forget the expert hand of Mitch Easter behind all this.

Although I quite like "Turkey Leg", "Step Out of Line" and both ballads, I can't see in here that stand-out single to get Spank on MTV anytime soon, but it's a pretty good job, and I'm sure it would be a great sweaty old school live show. Let's hope they'll make it across the Atlantic someday.

by Christina Massei

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