Album review – STATION “Wired”

Station_WiredSometimes you hear music that instantly, without warning or even a simple “hello”, pushes your sheer-pleasure button – the one that’s connected to your mind, your gut, your soul, your heart and everything in between. That is exactly the effect that New York City-band Station’s EP Wired has on me. Sounding something like a blessed musical love-child of golden-age  Journey, Van Halen, Def Leppard and Scorpions, this EP is four tracks of joyful rock-perfection, and so damn addictive it ought to come with a health-warning.

I mean, seriously: I’ve had the brilliant “Don’t Take Heaven Away From Me” playing on repeat so often I think I might need an intervention. The tune is a four minute marvel to me: everything about it is just right, from the drums starting up just so, that bass grabbing hold of you, that melody that’ll pick you up no matter what mood you’re in, that chorus, that electrifying blast of guitar, those flawless vocals… Like I said: sheer and utter pleasure.

The rest of Wired is ridiculously good as well. “Everything” is a slice of pure rock happiness, lit up by terrific backing vocals and the kind of chorus that makes you want to sing along no matter what. “True Believer” comes on with another hooky golden melody, and showcases even more shiny-bright guitar-magic. Singer Patrick Keamey has the kind of voice that will seduce you any day of the week, and on “I’d Understand” he gets to show that off on a beautiful slice of acoustic delight: “strong as leather, but fragile as glass”.Station

Throughout the EP, Station’s sound is clean and lush, with just the right amount of heat and power below that glistening rock exterior that it doesn’t become too sanitized or smooth for its own good.

While the influence of the 1980s is present on Wired, this is not the 80s reanimated: this is something much better than that. Station is a band that is good enough to own every drop of whatever influences they’ve ingested, and create something that is all their own. There’s a confidence and conviction in their work here that bodes well for the future of the band.

But really: four tracks are not enough. Surely there has to be more where this came from? And yes, the band’s website promises an album is in the works and nearing completion. Until then, I’ll keeping hitting that replay button.

Station’s official website / Facebook / Bandcamp / Twitter

Lineup:

  • Patrick Keamey – vocals
  • Chris Lane – guitar
  • Mike Anderson – bass
  • Brain Karl – drums

Track-list:

  1. Everything
  2. True Believer
  3. I’d Understand
  4. Don’t Take Heaven Away From Me
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  1. […] What I said: “Sometimes you hear music that instantly, without warning or even a simple “hello”, pushes your sheer-pleasure button – the one that’s connected to your mind, your gut, your soul, your heart and everything in between. — this EP is four tracks of joyful rock-perfection, and so damn addictive it ought to come with a health-warning.” […]

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