Monday, June 06, 2016

The Hi End - 100 Proof e.p.

Another project that my pal Curt Florczak is involved in is The Hi End, a Boston quintet with Curt and Bruno Giodano on guitars, Johnny Carlevale on vocals, Anthony Giodano on bass and Scott Sugarman on drums.

Claiming influences like the Jam, Eddie and the Hot Rods, and AC/DC, they bring high-energy melodic rock'n'roll that reminds me of 80's LA catchy punk'n'roll projects like the Little Kings. Guitar riffs abound in the opening title track while Anthony and Scott give cool, percussion dynamics and Johnny boasts of how he lives his life. There a nice break-down section here, as well. Drivin' rhythms, more rockin' riffs and catchy chorus propel "Wreckin' Ball" and "Ain't No Funny Stuff" mixes a soulful dance groove with power pop in a hip, late 70's kinda way. The closer, "I Don't Really Care" is an aggressive chant-along rocker with plenty of catchy'n'rockin' guitars and a bit of horns for added flavor.

Again, much too short, but a well-recorded piece of spirited rock'n'roll that mixes the best of 70's and 80's punk'n'roll with pop influences. Recommended for sure!