The terms “modern rock” and “alternative rock” are grossly overused in 2017. Whenever I hear one or both of those I immediately think, “Ahhhh, bullshit corporate radio rock that sounds like every other band getting 20 minutes of stage time at 2 p.m. on one of those bullshit festivals. PASS!!” But every once in awhile there comes a band that is the exception, not the rule. And New York City’s EVE TO ADAM are a perfect example of this. They are total guitar-driven rock with electronic elements that serve to only enhance the flavor of the songs. I had heard the name for years, but never got a chance to listen until new album Odyssey (out now, Rocktagon Worldwide Music) fell into my lap the other day.
The record opens with a potent one-two punch of “Altitude” and “Tongue Tied”. With Michael “Elvis” Baskette (ALTER BRIDGE, TREMONTI) and electronic metal powerhouse Zardonic in the producer’s chair the sonic landscape is wide open for these guys. Again, the electronica adds to the rockness (it’s a word, dammit!) of the tunes. I love this kind of stuff when it’s done right. “The Price” has this fucking sick groove that begs to be played live. I can see a crowd going nuts to this one, and it was definitely a favorite right away. I wasn’t sure what to make of “Emergency” at first, but once again, the programming and sequencing made the song come alive.
“Landfill” is all piss and vinegar and would make for a good show opener or second song in the set, while “Lucky” has arguably the best guitar riff and tone on the whole record. This would also be a great way to kick off an evening with EVE TO ADAM. “Chasing Ghosts” is one of the more dynamic tracks that will keep you guessing all the way through and “Hurt Me” is just an all around asskicker from jump. Really the only tunes I wasn’t hot on were “Undertow” because it reminded me way too much of DISTURBED from the Believe album (my least favorite), and closer “Day Drinkin’”. They just didn’t do anything for me.
Overall though, Odyssey is a very solid rock album from a band that is definitely going places. EVE TO ADAM have a sound that is familiar, yet different at the same time. If someone is gonna pick up the flag for modern rock and run with it, who better than these boys? They’ve definitely made a fan of me with this record, and I am very curious to see what they have in store for us next. Way to represent NYC, guys!
STANDOUT TRACKS: “Emergency”, “Altitude”, “Tongue Tied”, “The Price”, “Lucky”