Stickboy Sings My Song

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Stickboy really kicks out the jams on their indie debut, Stickboy Sings My Song. At times, the band can really capture the right mood for the material they write. The moody "Tomorrow" has a certain drive to it that showcases how good Stickboy can be in a given situation. And even when a song fails to be memorable, they inject it with an energy that is hard to resist. Their youthful energy comes right out to the front of the mix, making tracks like the pop-metal rocker "Falling" bristle with energy. In fact, many of these tracks seem to have an '80s hair metal influence, which adds a nice level of fun to the proceedings that so many bands in Stickboy's situation lack. "Mean to Me" is like White Lion's "Little Fighter" if School of Fish had written it, while "ROCK ON!" is a humorous look at becoming a rock star that manages to parody the style of music they play without looking down on it. Some listeners may be turned off by the spotty track selection; there are some songs that obviously fall below the standard the band sets for themselves. But this is some catchy, fun hard rock that brings to mind '90s acts such as the Heretix and Jellyfish with a little bit of Faster Pussycat lurking below the surface. Do not let the hair metal comments scare you; this debut shows a band unashamed to be poppy and ready to take their sound to the next level.

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