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De La Cruz - 2013 Street Level



ARTIST: De La Cruz
ALBUM: Street Level
LABEL: Frontiers
SERIAL: FRCD 592
YEAR: 2013
SPONSOR: Spotify

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Roxxi Catalano - vocals * Casey Jones - guitar * Rory Joy - guitar * Grant Daniel - bass * Lacey Lane - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Street Level * 02 Girls Go Wild * 03 Turn It Up * 04 Legions Of Love * 05 Gimme Love * 06 Cherry Bomb * 07 Dreaming * 08 Invincible * 09 Worlds Collide * 10 S.E.X. * 11 Set The Night * 12 Shine

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WEBLINKS: www.delacruzofficial.com


Background
From the vacation zone of Queensland's Gold Coast, come De La Cruz. Some of you may have seen some of their YouTube clips from last year which led to Frontiers signing this young outfit. Musically, they are an impressive band which sees them straddling the glam metal/AOR fence, not unlike Steel Panther and Reckless Love have done. Toss in the obligatory Def Leppard references (I'm sure these Aussie kids weren't even born when Lepp were in their heyday!) and a dose of Skid Row and you've got De La Cruz down to a tee. The duo of Casey Jones and former Kiwi vocalist (from Auckland) Roxxi Catalano were the initial pairing, kicking off DLC around 2007, the other band members followed later. De La Cruz released a much sought after EP back in 2011 (which you can download for free from their website), and along with their videos put up online by Casey, their profile grew to the point where Frontiers came calling.


The Songs
There's 12 songs on offer, and they are influenced by all and sundry it would seem. Let's take a listen.. The title track opens the album's account with a Skid Row like performance, a gritty retread of 80's hard rock wrapped around 21st century production values. 'Girls Go Wild' is another to nick some ideas from Skid Row ('Youth Gone Wild' perhaps?); from the song title to the guitar riffs. 'Turn It Up' is the party song on the album, comparable to all those Scandi bands we all love so much. 'Legions Of Love' is a great track, if you were a casual listener then a band like Reckless Love would come into consideration. You could apply this logic equally to 'Gimme Love', graced with a serious groove and Joe Elliot like vocals from Catalano. Another party anthem for the times is 'Cherry Bomb' (no relation to The Runaways chestnut). This is the first single from the album. 'Dreaming' should appeal to all the AORsters here, a commercial sounding tune that wouldn't be out of place on a White Widdow album. Again, Catalano applies a Lepp vocal but doesn't overdo it. Jone's guitar work is astoundingly good on this one. 'Invincible' took a while to warm up for me, but by song's end I was won over. Again, some superb soloing from Jones sells this one to me with ease. Like selling ice to the Eskimos, as they say. Four songs to go, and it gets better. 'Worlds Collide' is built on some hot fancy six-string riffing and an intense delivery from all concerned. This one is great. 'S.E.X' is fast-paced and a bit banal to be honest, but hey it comes with the territory right? 'Set The Night' is a coarse rocker with a hint of Americans Wildstreet, which by default means another tie-in to Def Leppard. To finish up, De La Cruz go into ballad mode, 'Shine' has some poignant moments and is restrained and tender enough to show a different side of the band.


In Summary
Mostly, I quite like the ideas and killer riffs that De La Cruz churn out. I'm reckoning that it's not a pure Australian sound that's on offer here; there's too much American and Euro influence, the Lepp like vocal shout-outs and choruses, Catalano screams in the same vein as a young Sebastian Bach and then there's the impressive guitar lines from Jones who is a 6-string hot-shot in the making for sure. I wasn't totally sold on Catalano's voice but his style is a good fit for the band. It's not as if they're looking for the next Steve Perry are they? 'Street Level' is a good achievement for these youngsters, and once they are in the hands of a top-notch producer then the whole melodic rock world might sit up and take notice. In the meantime, get acquainted and let's see where this leads.


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#1 | gdazegod on July 05 2013 06:18:30
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#2 | dangerzone on July 05 2013 06:37:29
I can't figure out if these guys are supposed to be taking the piss like Steel Panther with their attire. Do they go out in public dressed like this? They want to emulate that 80's image so badly, but it seems too forced.
#3 | david on July 07 2013 00:31:25
Take a walk through Mt Isa, Queensland and you will soon get an idea of the dress sense.
 
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