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[ALBUM REVIEW] BITERS: The Future Ain’t What It Used To Be

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A band formed on the premise of reigniting authenticity, iconicism and style in today’s rock’n’roll scene, Biters have set themselves a pilgrimage to Mordor and back. However, their latest release cherry-picked from their upcoming album ‘The Future Ain’t What It Used To Be’ is a milestone on completing this journey. Boasting a deliciously arrogant, strutting guitar riff, tumbling rhythm and captivating vocal growls and howls, Stone Cold Love is a texturally intricate treat that indisputably echoes Marc Bolan’s T.Rex. Stone Cold Love is a worthy reward following the eye-roll inducing, rock’n’roll cliché opener Let It Roll that comprises lyrics salvaged straight from Def Leppard’s Let It Go: “let it rock and let it roll”.

Truth be told, for a band striving for authenticity, Biters wander dangerously close to the lyrical clichés that only Whitesnake can pull off. However, via recycling lyrical schematics whilst blurring the boundaries between pop rock, sleaze punk and glam rock, Biters have created an album wholly accessible to the musically ignorant and musically savvy. Despite its failings, such as the seemingly tokenistic ballads Hollywood and Goin’ Back To Georgia, ‘The Future Ain’t What It Used To Be’ is utterly anthemic such that listening to it through any means other than a Colosseum built entirely of Marshall speaker stacks oozes injustice.

Vulture City is a sure highlight, blending punk angst with a dusting of soft glam and a spoonful of vintage rock’n’roll that conjures a pre-millennial summer breeze amidst the eye of a rhythmic storm. Don’t Turn This Good Heart Bad was born for any jukebox-browsing chica possessing hip movements to rival a snake, whilst Callin’ You Home effortlessly intertwines an abundance of timbres that crescendos towards an earworm-summoning chorus. Even the most demure of rockers will struggle to resist a sudden public outcry of the chorus hooks ‘The Future Ain’t What It Used To Be’ offers up.

In a world where the golden gods of rock music are fast approaching extinction, the future definitely ain’t what it used to be. Could Biters get us back on track for the musical future we were promised in the seventies? Probably not. But they’re sure making a damned good attempt at it.

4 Stars

 

Listen to the infectious Stone Cold Love here:

Pre-order ‘The Future Ain’t What It Used To Be’ here: http://webstore.earache.com/biters-the-future-aint-what-it-used-to-be-cd?search=the%20future%20ain%27t%20what%20it%20used%20to%20be

 

Catch Biters live on tour with Blackberry Smoke:

Europe

Mar 07: La Riviera, Madrid, Spain
Mar 08: Sala Apolo, Barcelona Spain
Mar 10: Dynamo, Zurich, Switzerland
Mar 11: Fabrique, Milan Italy
Mar 12: Backstage Werk, Munich, Germany
Mar 14: Columbia Theatre, Berlin, Germany
Mar 16: Amager Bio, Copenhagen, Denmark
Mar 17: Rockafella, Oslo, Norway
Mar 18: Munchenbryggeriet, Stockholm, Sweden
Mar 20: Pustervik, Gothenburg, Sweden
Mar 21: Uebel & Gefahrlich, Hamburg Germany
Mar 22: Melkweg, Amsterdam, Holland
Mar 24: Stoilwereck, Cologne, Germany
Mar 25: La Maraquinerie Paris, France

UK

Mar 27: O2 Academy, Oxford
Mar 28: Roundhouse, London
Mar 29: UEA, Norwich
Mar 31: Academy, Manchester
Apr 01: Olympia Theatre, Dublin
Apr 03: Barrowlands, Glasgow
Apr 04: O2 Academy, Newcastle
Apr 06: O2 Academy, Bristol
Apr 07: O2 Academy, Birmingham
Apr 08: Pyramids Centre, Portsmouth

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Jeni Lambert

Placed in front of speakers blasting out Zeppelin at the age of 2, Jeni’s thirst for rock music started at a young age and is still being quenched to this day. A firm believer in spreading the word of rock music like the religion it is, she first started writing for the music section in the University of Manchester's paper, the Mancunion, before starting to write for HEAVY's UK team.
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