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207, Locomotive Records/Intromental
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Maeder is an Aussie band led by the two brothers Nic and Sebastian. Their first EP BUSINESS IN ME went over really well in < ?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" />
The songs are catchy and easy to remember. Even though the music is just simple rock, the guys have put some hard work into the melodies. A great way of describing Maeder’s music is to compare it to AC/DC, as the two bands have a lot in common both musically and lyrically. But Maeder doesn’t have the geniality that AC/DC has; Maeder’s music tends to be a little boring in all its simplicity and where AC/DC puts in some great guitar riffs or hooks Maeder only continues straight ahead. That makes the music feel a little too generic to remember and for some strange reason the songs don’t stick despite their simplicity. The production feels too pale and plain and could have been spiced up with a heavier guitar sound and a little more pressure on the lead vocals.
The songs that save the album are “Never Last”, “Another Thing Coming”, “Business in Me”, “You’re a Freak” and “It’s All Good”. Those are the better songs with a faster tempo and catchier choruses. There’s nothing wrong with the musicians, both Maeder brothers deliver great guitar work and the rest of the band backs them up brilliantly.
This is an average album that falls in between chairs; it’s not a total disgrace but it lacks inspiration and drive. If the guys write stronger material and spice up the music and production then we can definitely see a better rating.
Nic Maeder – lead vocals, guitar
Sebastian Maeder – guitar
Kit Riley – bass
Travis Dragani – drums
More info about the band
Another Thing Coming
No Grass is Greener Than Your Own
Business In Me
Night and Day
You’re a Freak
You Make Me Die
It’s All Good
Piece of Me