The 1980’s was a very distinct and important era in rock history. Bands such as The Scorpions, Dokken, Poison and Ratt helped shape the rock mold into what it is today. It was also a great time to be a rock fan; elaborate light/stage shows that people actually watched instead of recording the show with their cell phones, melodic rhythms and chorus’ that you could actually understand the words to, music that was danceable and fun. It seemed every metalhead dressed the same; long hair, torn jeans and some band shirt (always in black, of course). The band shirts were your badge of honor: they represented shows that you have been to and the acid trip you survived. Those were precious times. Sometimes I wish rock music hadn’t evolved into today’s multi-genre world, each with just as many sub-genres and just kept things simple. Keep the music fun.
Not many bands are following the 80’s footsteps, Steel Panther being the only exception that I could think of off the top of my head until I came across a hot new band from New York City called Station. Their EP, Wired is so refreshing to hear. It is simply put, fun in a box. Produced by the legendary producer, Michael Wagener (Ozzy, Motley Crue, Metallica, you name it), this four song set could have easily been a major hit in 1985, but at the same time it seems so relevant today.
The first track, “Everything” starts this party off with a great beat, by drummer Brian Karl. Frontman, Patrick Kearney jumps in with his clear, yet powerful vocals. His voice, reminiscent of a cross between Joe Elliott, Sammy Hagar and Don Dokken, is upbeat and exciting. The chorus kicks in and I’m having flashbacks of Poison and Cinderella. What a great way to start off! If today’s youth ever wanted a first-hand lesson of what music was like in the 80’s, this is the perfect place to start.
The party continues with “True Believer”. Kearney shows off his vocal range here, taking things up a few notches from the first song. There are some memorable guitar riffs from Chris Lane here, particularly during the solo. Mike Anderson does a killer job here tying everything together into a perfect package.
“I’d Understand” takes this band to a new level of respect. This acoustic collaboration between Lane and Kearney is beautifully done. Once upon a time, when a band played a ballad like this, everyone in the audience would hold up their Bic lighters until their thumbs burned. Now there’s an app for that. Words can’t describe the feeling I get when I listen to this song. The final track, “Don’t Take Heaven Away From Me” is another song that is just a blast to listen to. Lane really showcases his guitar skills here.
I have to say, I’m a fan of Station. I look forward to covering them in a live performance someday hopefully in the very near future. They are each talented individuals, and together they fit together seamlessly. I don’t think people want to forget the ‘80’s rock era, I certainly don’t. Now if only I could grow my hair long again…