(7/10) Normally I first discover a band on CD, followed by a live show. In this case things have been slightly different. The first time I heard about Stepfather Fred was when I joined the Brainstorm album release show earlier this year. Stepfather Fred had the challenge to be the first band that night and the did a good job. However, they didn't really convince me entirely and I can't say that there was a real click with their music.
Then came the moment, when the new album, number three, of the four-piece band found its way into my mailbox.
And surprise, surprise - this longplayer is far better than what I have expected. The guys talk about "Heavy Alternative Rock" when they have to describe their music and I think this hits the nail right on the head. A lot of their songs are pretty well done hardrock with has a pretty modern touch. The new album "Dummies, Dolls and Masters" sounds fresh and forceful and the guys keep on pushing with each of the twelve songs.
"Bitchbanger" is the opener, a song that comes with nasty vibe and a mighty grooving riff. With "Libertine" the guys have sassy hymn placed on the tracklist while "Relief" reminds more of sleazy hardrock.
Not to forget the first single taken from this album - "Beat It". This track is spot-on, coming with a relaxed verse that ends in a catchy but heavy chorus. Stepfather Fred did a good choice by chosing this tune as being a single release.
"Dummies, Dolls and Masters" is a big surprise since it exceeded expectations. Check it out.
- Freedom Call
- Have a Good Time
- Beat it
- Worlds Collide
- Lonely Toy
- Shuffle Man
- Fellow Traveller
Label: El Puerto Records
Genre: Modern Hardrock
Release Date EU: May 20th, 2016