Review: Autograph – Louder – Self Released – Release: Out Now.
In 1985 I bought “That’s The Stuff” at my favorite record store. I was very much about the catchy tunes, the awesome riffwork and the voice of Steve Plunkett. I searched for their debut “Sign In Please”, but their third album “Loud and Clear” became my personal favourite. The sound was fuller and had a bigger production. The band disbanded in 1989 and many fans and genre lovers always hoped for a reunion.
In 2011, founding guitarist Steve Lynch and bassist Randy Rand decided to meet up at the NAMM show in Anaheim. With the relationship rebuilt, they made a collective decision to jam again. Original singer Steve Plunkett was approached for a reunion, but he didn’t have the time to join the band again due to how his business is. On YouTube the remaining members found singer/guitarist Simon Daniels and in no time he got the job. The band started touring again and the need for writing new songs got stronger. The result of all this can be heard on this EP.
Simon Daniels – Lead Vocals/Guitar
Steve Lynch – Lead Guitar/Vocals
Randy Rand – Bass/Vocals
Marc Wieland – Drums
Autograph has been reborn in the modern times, but you can still hear their roots shine through. Opener ‘You Are Us, We Are You’ lets us taste from a heavier sound with a great presence of the guitar. Gone are the keyboards and new guy Simon Daniels has a warmer and more powerful voice than Steve Plunkett. But the harmonies make the bridge to the old stuff! A song about fans for the fans!
‘I Lost My Mind In America’ is a mid-tempo rocker with a smoother chorus! The solo is shredelicious!
‘Every Generation’ is the third track that previously came out as a single. It puts more emphasis on the vocals and the guitars sound more down tuned. The guitar solo is a short melodic burst of notes!
‘Watch It Now’ is an exclusive track for this EP. It has a more 80’ties (and 90’ties) feel than the other tracks and is more straightforward. The solo kicks major ass and pops up at the end again.
This EP gets the perfect closing with the live version of their biggest hit ‘Turn Up The Radio’. This version was recorded on the latest edition of the prestigious Firefest in Nottingham on 26-10-2014. This heavier version of their classic fits excellent with the new stuff.
When a friend of mine asked me if I wanted to do a review for the new EP of Autograph I was thrilled that these guys were back. The sound is altered and a bit heavier and the vocals are of course different, but I must say that it fits better with the musical scene right now. This EP proves once again that melodic rock is here to stay and will survive through the massive support from the fans all over the world.
This album can only be bought at shows or at the band’s website.
Score: 4 out of 5
1. You Are Us, We Are You
2. I Lost My Mind In America
3. Every Generation
4. Watch It Now
5. Turn Up The Radio (Live)
Text by: Rik Bauters