Reviewed: February 2022
Released: 2022, Rockshots Records
Reviewer: Kieron Hayes
Much like its album art, Quickstrike’s None of a Kind does pretty much just what it says on the tin, as you’d expect it to: it’s the sort of hard rocking fun time you’d most succinctly sum up with a simple “Whoo!” cry. How much of a good or bad thing that is depends on what you’re after really, but Quickstrike certainly can’t be accused of misrepresenting themselves.
It’s Southern-tinged hard rock at the core, not leaning too heavily into that, but feeling like it has just a dash of ZZ Top influence among its grooves and roars. There’s a song on here called “Nice Hair, Bad Habits”, and that tells you what you need to know going in. This is unabashedly sweat-drenched, balls-out hard rocking.
And honestly, it’s pretty effective at this. “Rebel Radio” has a machine gun pace and rapid fire vocal delivery, and it definitely gets you grooving along. It’s the sort of song that throws itself forward with so much gusto and chugging gasoline that you can’t help but get swept up in it. “Cheats ‘n’ Liars” is another one to get the toes tapping, and the title track is absolutely packed with swaggering certainty.
A lot of the time, these vibes are forged primarily by the instrumentation, and as such, it can be a shame they aren’t pushed more prominently in the mix. They aren’t buried by any stretch, but the vocals seem to form an ever-present ‘top layer’ above the rest, when it might benefit from them being dialled back at the right times. Though the extra snarl in the vocals added in the heavier “Pergament” is definitely a highlight and helps to define the track nicely.
All in all, None of a Kind knows what it wants to be: it’s a slab of pretty straightforward hard rock, maybe not the most varied offering around, but also rarely feeling weak or outright repetitive. If you’re game for such a thing, there are worse places to get your fix than with Quickstrike.