BACKYARD BABIES "four X four"
these guys have been making albums for some twenty plus years...
they formed in 1987, so they've been around almost thirty years...
music is sort of a cross between punk and alt rock...
their influences were Ramones, Stooges, KISS, Guns n Roses...
so you can gather what they sound like from those guys...
I myself, hear possibly Ramones, but also a bit of early Oasis,
Oasis from their 'definitely maybe' album...
all up, it passes on a first up listen...
allmusic rate this one 4/5, converted to 2.4 on the MHRS.
its not a 2.4 in my eyes but it sounds like it could grow on me after a couple of listens.
from the album:
"th1rt3en or nothing"
In 2009 the Swedish punk-pop/sleaze-rock veterans embarked on an "indefinite hiatus," a sort of semi-retirement that seemed all the more concrete with the release of the career-spanning compilation Them XX
. Backyard Babies
officially reunited in 2014 and wasted little time in returning to the studio and getting down to business. The resulting Four By Four
, the band's seventh studio long-player, picks right up where their chart-topping 2008 eponymous sixth LP left off, effortlessly pairing meaty post-grunge with earworm-heavy punk-pop and delivering it with both a smile and a sneer. Spearheaded by the propulsive single/opener "Th1rt3en or Nothing," a bluesy, cowbell-driven highway rocker that falls somewhere between Nazareth
's "Hair of the Dog" and Alice In Chains
' "Man in a Box," Four By Four
, at just nine tracks clocking in at under 40 minutes, goes by awfully fast. For the most part, that penchant for brevity yields quality goods, with anthemic, mosh pit-ready cuts like "I'm on My Way to Save Your Rock 'n' Roll," "Wasted Years," and the soaring, brass-led "Never Finish Anythi" leading the charge, but duds like the turgid midtempo love/breakup jam "Mirrors (Shall Be Broken)" and the Frank Turner
-lite nostalgia ballad "Bloody Tears" keep things from ever truly catching fire, despite their steadfast convictions.