FAS IV, Catatonia, 2017

fas iv - catatoniaHow time flies when you are having fun… Still catching up on 2017 releases, and now it is time for the second album from FAS IV/ FASIV that landed on my desk. I really liked their first album so in that case it is always nice to hear what comes next.  The band originates from San Francisco and consists of Frank Abreau Salazar IV on guitars and vocals, Miles Delaco on bass and production and Tim Aristil on drums.

The music sometimes reminds a bit of songs and bands of the past (the Beatles being an obvious choice), mixed with more modern acts like Muse or Oasis. The album opens with the extended intro of Broken Mirror before kicking into gear with the title track. The first of many songs with a memorable hook and catchy melodies. Because even when the reverberated sound brings back memories of the Eighties, it is clear they stand with two feet in the now. Many of the songs have developed a bit of a crush with me. Chelsea, Deep Inebriation or Different Personality being a few of them. I love the band’s energy and knack for songs that sound familiar but fresh. So that dose of pop mixed in with the rock really serves them well.

And thus we, the people, have another band on our hands that deserves to be big. Maybe not 100% original, but what they do, they do with class and conviction.

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Fas IV, Rat Trap, 2016

FAS IV - rat trapNow here is something interesting! Never heard of the band, but that turned out normal, since this is the first offering of this San Francisco based band. Named after singer and guitarist Frank Abreau Salazar IV, the trio is completed with producer and bassist Miles Delaco and drummer Tim Aristil. There is a little punk going on here and there, but overall I think that lovers of music from Led Zeppelin to Queen or The Doors, will find this to their liking.

The opening tune Witchcraft alas put me a bit off track at first, mainly because of the effect on the lead vocal. I thought the song was okay, but the vocals, not sure. But from then on it is onwards and upwards. Double Life ought to be a global hit such is its attraction. But this is not the only stand out track. Police and Voices are killer, Dead In My Tracks surprises with a mellow verse and a kick ass chorus.
And that is not all. Over time I also got used a bit more to the first song. But for a debut this is a quality effort that packs a punch and deserved to find a home with all those claiming to love power, groove and melody. And the organ that sometimes pops up, only enhances the music and adds to the charm.

Yes I like this very much, excellent stuff guys and hurrah once more for Bad Reputation!

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