The Authentics - Supercharged

Made up of ex-members of Wurlitzer, Swerve and Skarlet Tripp, 'The Authentics' are a furious assault of blitzkrieg guitars, 'Steve Harris-esque' Bass and rasping vocals. Sighted influences including, The Clash, Metallica, The Wilidhearts, Bob Marley, Muse and The Red Hot Chilli Peppers, seem to indicate very eclectic tastes, but these are seldom, if ever, aired on the 'Supercharged' 4 track.

Discounting the god awful final track, 'The Right Stuff (Remix) The Authentics Vs. Eye on The Wall' (which will never be mentioned again, from this day forth!), this makes for a fairly solid and finger tapping mix of Ramones, meets The Wildhearts, with leanings towards Iron Maiden. If that's how you like your rock and or roll, then fill your boots. However before you go all giddy thinking that it's all sunshine and daisies within, then you're wrong! The initial high-octane feel, that grabs you like the rush of wind from a passing juggernaut, becomes less of a surprise on every subsequent listen. This leaves you with an overriding feeling that what you're investing in to is little more than a low-fi mix of punk edged club rock, with far too many lead breaks and far too little in the way of thought. One word guys, Dynamics!

That said the main point I will make about 'The Authentics' is that they do strike me as a 'live' band, as opposed to a studio outfit and could quite easily engage most listeners for a good 30 minutes or so. Their sound seems muddy and undefined on this CD, with too many instruments fighting for supremacy and very little in the way of clear definition. Even with everything jacked up to '11' (as it were) there does seem to be a real lack of calorific content, certainly not enough to satisfy any cravings. No, this is the rock and roll version to a low fat cereal bar; you'll engorge, ponder, muse upon and then move on to something that's the sonic equivalent to the 'Full English'.

Of the songs themselves, 'Supercharge' is a punked up Wildhearts offering, that verges on NWOBHM and stops just shy of a sensory overload. As a live experience, I'm sure it causes seismic activity, but as a CD opener, it's too much too soon. 'You Wanna Be Me', again leans heavily towards The Wildhearts, without making too many waves, whilst personal favourite, 'Fifteen Minutes of Shame', starts off sounding very similar to 'Kung Fu' by Ash, before settling into a Ramones/Maiden mix of sing-a-long punk and catchy guitar motet. This stands head and shoulders above anything else on the EP, but it's a second or third rate Wildhearts offering, at best. Sorry. It's clear that there is a degree of talent and enthusiasm aplenty within the band, but that really needs to be converted into something meaningful and with enough diversity to attract listeners. If their sighted influences are in fact influences indeed and not just bands that they're 'in to', then let's hear them, bring them to the table and showcase that pool of influence. Far too often bands sight a ridiculous amount of bands that are supposed to bare influence upon their sound, when in actual fact, they have no influence whatsoever. They're just artists that the collective members of the band listen too. Well that's great. I'm happy you have such a diverse and eclectic taste in music. It's just a shame that you can't hear that in what you create! Don't set yourself up for a fall. Keep it simple and perhaps people will more receptive to the end product.

by Rev G.

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