Turn your FM radio on right now and flip yourself up and down the dial. Like the old lady from those old commercials imploring you to find the beef, I'm sitting here asking, "Where's the rock?" I'm not talking the same five Led Zeppelin, Aerosmith and Journey songs over and over again. (We here in CT, especially, have had enough of that thank you very much.) College radio gets it. They always have. But even with college radio you sometimes need to sift through countless hours of various forms of world music, jazz and classical (no offense to any of those fine genres) before you hear something electric guitar driven. The Metal world has been going through their own phenomenal rock revival for years now with dozens upon dozens of bands doing their best Black Sabbath, Deep Purple and Blue Cheer impersonations. But outside of the occasional Queens of the Stone Age or Soundgarden reunion you're going to be hard-pressed to find really good, well written, well performed rock n' roll in the mainstream music world. So we are once again looking to the underground to show us the way and Hartford's Tetramer is throwing their hat in the rock ring with gusto.
Tetramer was formerly known as Superart as recently as a year ago. But a name change, the addition of two new permanent members and an EP later Tetramer is ready to really make their mark on the CT music scene and hopefully beyond. I specifically mentioned Soundgarden and Queens of the Stone Age above because those are probably the closest benchmarks you'd have to give to the uninitiated. However Tertramer held my interest through five solid tracks where QOTSA hasn't been able to do that for years and this band was always more about the instrumentation and creative song structures in ways Soundgarden never was.
But the one thing that unites all three of those bands is the ability to write fist-pumping, head-bobbing, riff-driven, rock n' roll that alternates with more passive and reflective interludes. Tetramer have crafted a five-song EP that truly focuses on all of the band's strengths. Vocal duties are once again split between Marc Gillig and Jerry Burrus as each takes turns hitting every note with perfect delivery. The guitar playing is inspired and the (somewhat) newly cemented rhythm section adds meat to the bones where they might otherwise remain a bit bare with situational players. Simply put this is a rock record that is accessible to a wide swath of the music buying population. Catchy as hell but certainly not in the simplistic way that most bands unintentionally lower themselves to.
Another Public Meltdown is out now. You can check out the entire EP for free over at the Tetramer Bandcamp page.