Review Summary: Some summer rocking on the heavier side of things.
There isn’t a music lover hew grew up with rock, from the Fifties on today, who at some point does not reach out and puts on a loud, brash rock music that will get you out of the chair you are sitting in and at least jump up and down. At least for a while.
Now, that brash and loud tree rock planted has branched out with everything from rockabilly to melodic rock like Guns and Roses to all sorts of metal variations. Trying to cram in a few of those styles in one EP (no rockabilly though), here come the New Mexico boys Cordova (9n difference to the Oregon guys of the same name), with Runaway Summer, their second release.
Usually playing opening acts for the likes of Buckcherry and Drowning Pool, the quintet seems to have honed their craft, whether it is the sound of the dual guitars or the tightening up of the rhythm sections, with the vocals serving the purpose they are supposed to do - be melodic and add up to the racket in a good way.
The guys start out very loud here with “Hiding”, trying to bring up the Alice in Chains sound of the Nineties up to more current speed, and doing quite a good job out of it. “Summer” is more something out of the Guns and Roses file, with a very good melody to carry it through. “Trigger Happy” is probably the best track here, starting out as something out of the louder Cheap Trick playbook, but then turning up the guitar heat up a few notches midway through. “Weighted” which closes the EP leans more towards the Foo Fighters, but Cordova should not really be ashamed of it in any way.
So nothing revelatory in the originality department but a very solid, loud, tightly played effort that will make you jump up and down when you feel like it and have a quartet of an hour to do so.