The Megadudes first hit me with their mixture of rock and power-pop back in April, last year, with their tune, Garlic Dad. The Megadudes are a combination of something that don’t take themselves too seriously and just enjoy the rock and roll that they provide the fans. Here’s a short taste of how this band does things:
And what have they provided fans recently? Why, a full length release that I’ve been looking forward to since last April. Postcards From The Past, is the debut full length release of The Megadudes and it’s a real corker that sounds as energetic, colourful and generally, as fun as a band’s first release should.
To get the band firing on all cylinders nice and early, the song Into The Crusher takes control with exciting hooks and loud and proud chorus’. It’s a short little number that enthuses listeners in the short amount of time it’s around with that same quick and to the pointless sound (not a bad thing) that the band are known for. Garlic Dad, will have a room reserved in my heart for years to come, simply because of how summer-like it sounds; heavy power-chord guitars, catchy vocals, funky bass and driven drums tie together this very striking and fun track.
So far, The Megadudes gel together elements of Green Day, Weezer, and The Offspring, all successfully together, however, they do so with their own flair. It’s also very fortunate for them that their vocalist is rather unique. The vocals certainly set them apart as Chris Rodes sits comfortably in his range, never forcing his vocals to do anything they don’t need to. And it works. Fortunately, he does also experiment with where his voice is going, making things a whole lot more interesting that just a mumble here and a grumble there.
This One, makes the conscious decision to change up the pacing of things and mix things up with quiet, loud and interesting segments that segue seamlessly between each other; proving that The Megadudes play with more than a few cards held against their chest, including this knockout punch of a moment. And with the naughty solo at the penultimate moment, it’s also clear that they play with proficiency as well as a self-aware simplicity. For What It’s Worth, is another ace in the hole that plays hard to get with its rockier moments; it teases at the louder moments, but doesn’t give it to you, until you’re begging for it.
In These Ancient Streets, we get something different, the bass taking a hard lead and wonderful mixed vocals from Chris, pushing his voice for that aggressive extra bite that really adds a whole ‘nother layer to the mixture of an already interesting song. The same goes for Worthless Heart, it lets the guitars take a more relaxed spot at the back of the studio while the rhythm sections and vocals shine. But there is some nice guitar work here, duh.
With their first journey into the world of bands with full length albums, The Megadudes have managed to carve a scene with their fun, crowd-pleasing rock. Postcards From The Past is a strong first effort that holds up as a very successful first launch, setting a path out for these boys, now, we just stick close to our Garlic Dads, wait for the tours and new material with eager ears and wallets. In terms of what I’d like to see next time, I think some more progressive moments, just little spots to break up some of the rockier songs. We hear a lot of these in their Soundcloud material:
Go fourth Into The Crusher and get yourself a copy of Postcards From The Past.