Wildstreet – II …Faster …Louder! (2010, self-released)
1. “Shake It” … 3:54
2. “Poison Kiss” … 3:53
3. “Hot Lixx” … 3:09
4. “Cocked and Ready” … 3:59
5. “Can’t Stop The Rock” … 3:46
Eric Jayk – Lead Vocals
Aaron Joos – Guitar, Backing Vocals
Ali Hassan – Bass, Backing Vocals
Brian Beck – Drums
Producer: Kyle Kelso
Wildstreet debuted in 2009 with one of my favorite albums of that year, so I was very pleased to discover new Wildstreet music was coming in 2011! What I didn’t expect was the shift in sound. The debut was pure Mutt Lange/Def Leppard worship. That’s not a knock. I love the Lange/Leppard sound and Eric Jayk did an amazing job giving us some of the slick pop-metal that I wish Def Leppard would still write.
So what does Wildstreet sound like now? Like a much more loose, raw rock ‘n’ roll band. This EP is a much more stripped down affair with a bluesy hard rock influence that brings to mind High ‘n’ Dry-era Def Leppard or the other band Mutt’s known best for — AC/DC. For as much as the debut set out to out-Leppard Leppard, don’t think that this album strives to be an AC/DC clone. They haven’t decided to become another Airbourne or anything, the glam-metal and sleaze factor is still there… It’s just not as produced and polished as the debut and this was all done purposely in order to match the band’s live performances and Jayk even sat out on playing guitar for this record to help achieve that goal. Jayk & Co. have set out on their own rock ‘n’ roll path this time around, instead of following in the footsteps of their idols, and you can only respect them for that. They aren’t trying to sound like anyone anymore other than a rock band that knows how to have a good time and write catchy tunes.
Credit also goes to producer Kyle Kelso who encouraged the band to take the less-produced route and has helped the band with getting Hollywood to take notice. So far, songs have been licensed out to various television shows: E! Entertainment’s Married To Rock, TBS’ Glory Daze and VH1’s upcoming Saddle Ranch. Pretty cool! It’s always great to see your favorite bands grow and gain a bigger audience. I remember coming across a listing for their first album purely by chance at Retrospect Records’ website. I then went to their MySpace page and immediately had to have the album after hearing them. I think the debut went unnoticed by many fans and rock/metal sites so it’s great to see Wildstreet is not only continuing to put out great tunes but are also on their way to getting everything to achieving the success they deserve.
This EP will be available for digital download (iTunes, Amazon, etc.) on January 25th with a physical copy pressing to follow shortly and I’ll happily put down my cash to pick it up. If you missed out on Wildstreet the first time, January 25th is your second chance to check out this great young rock ‘n’ roll band. In the meantime, go back and buy their debut!
Highlights: Oh… All of it!