The Outryders, “Over the Scars / Look at What You’ve Done” (2015): One Track Mind

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Joe Algeri strikes again! The renowned Australian-based singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer, who currently holds membership in the Jangle Band, the Britannicas, and the JAC, has birthed yet another cool group in the form of the Outryders.

Teaming up with guitarist and singer Paul Colombini (whose resume includes boss acts like Roadstar, Fuzzswirl/Ammonia, and the Cherrytones), Joe Algeri further tapped noted solo artist Herb Eimerman (who also plays in the Britannicas_ to handle bass on the Outryders’ debut single. Drummer Mark “Sid” Eaton (from the Jangle Band, the JAC, and the City Views) also appears on “Over the Scars.”

Considering how much talent rests in one region, it’s inevitable that whatever the Outryders create would be nothing short of superior. Authored by Paul Colombini, “Over the Scars” (backed by “Look at What You’ve Done” on this Egomaniac Music single) demonstrates a commitment to a stripe of pop rock, that no matter what the fad of the day may be, will always stir the heart and tingle the spine.

Resonant vocals, conveying equal amounts of warmth and force, twinned with ringing guitars crusted with distortion, place “Over the Scars” and “Look at What You’ve Done” somewhere between a brooding goth pitch and a high-octane power pop bite. Breaks and rhythms pushing, prodding, and pulling with excitement, fused with catchy harmonies and tuneful melodies gliding and grinding with excitement conclude the event.

By applying the sonic dialogue of bands such as the Dentists, Gigolo Aunts, and the Jesus and the Mary Chain to their own sound and vision, the Outryders effectively transmit images of the past into a portal of the present. “Over the Scars” and “Look at What You’ve Done” show the guys getting off to a great start, that no doubt paves the way for more smashing songs.

Beverly Paterson

Beverly Paterson

Beverly Paterson was born the day Ben E. King hit No. 4 with "Stand By Me" -- which is actually one of her favorite songs, especially John Lennon's version. She's contributed to Lance Monthly and Amplifier, and served as Rock Beat International's associate editor. Paterson has also published Inside Out, and Twist & Shake. Contact Something Else! at reviews@somethingelsereviews.com.
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