After numerous singles like Tik Tik Tik, Hookline, Gaslight, Heartache Radio, Don’t Die, The Bottle Talking, excellent extended play releases such as Hit You Hard, A Part and Ich Hab’s Schonmal Gesagt, and even better albums Coal Black Heart and Born Sick, Blooodstrings return with Heartache Radio, their third full-length album, recently released by Dackeltown Records. So far, everything I listened to by Bloodstrings sounds top-notch, and that’s the case with this particular material as well. The band nurtures such a specific sound based upon fundamentals of modern melodic punk rock in combination with the finest elements of rockabilly sound. Still, their new album leans much more towards classic melodic punk rock, with less rockabilly elements included in the mix. Both styles work fine for Bloodstrings, so Heartache Radio guarantees fun times for anyone even remotely in melodic punk rock music.
Of course, that doesn’t mean they entirely excluded the rockabilly/punkabilly aesthetics from their songs. Quite the contrary, the double bass is still a big part of their sound, while the cleverly arranged leads, chord progressions, and riffs drenched in a decent amount of studio reverb offer that recognizable vibes characteristic of the rockabilly genre. This material showcases their natural progression, as the band demonstrates many innovations in songwriting, composing, arranging, recording, and producing their music. They uplifted everything on an entirely new level. The way these folks invested their collective experience, knowledge, skills, creativity, talent, ideas, and musicianship shows their passion for delivering a top-notch sonic experience that will satisfy even the pickiest punk rock fans.
The entire band contributed nothing but outstanding ideas and jaw-dropping musicianship. The exceptional vocal performance emphasizes all the instrumentations with a perfect balance between low, mid, and high notes, while the mentioned themes, leads, chord progressions, and riffs serve as a mesmerizing backdrop. You’ll undoubtedly notice how double bass spices things up from scratch to finish with cleverly assembled basslines. These equally complex, vividly hearable, warm-sounding low-end notes offer heaviness, clarity, and depth, while the energetic, well-accentuated, flawlessly performed beats, breaks, fills, and other percussive acrobatics keep the remainder of the band line. The Bloodstrings paid so much attention while writing and composing this material, and you’ll immediately place Heartache Radio as one of the best records this year.
The Bloodstrings differ from the remainder of the rockabilly-inspired punk rock scene. Their profound love for melodic punk rock music makes a big difference, and that’s one of the main reasons why their music is far more complex than anything you heard on the rockabilly/punkabilly scene before. The attention paid to each segment of every song is nearly mindblowing. Also, you’ll hear even the tiniest articulations, notes, and beats, thanks to the sound that meets all the trends in music production. No words of praise can vividly explain how good Heartache Radio is, so you should check out this album as soon as possible and convince yourself of the brilliance of this band. The album is available in orange or purple variants, so head
Dackelton Records web page for more information about ordering.