Steel Panther – Lower the Bar
2017, Open E Music
- Goin’ in the Backdoor
- Anything Goes
- Poontang Boomerang
- That’s When You Came In
- Wrong Side of the Tracks (Out in Beverly Hills)
- Now the Fun Starts
- Pussy Ain’t Free
- Wasted Too Much Time
- I Got What You Want
- Walk of Shame
- She’s Tight
Michael Starr – Lead Vocals, Backing Vocals
Satchel – Lead Guitar, Backing Vocals
Lexxi Foxxx – Bass, Backing Vocals
Stix Zadinia – Drums, Backing Vocals
Producer: Jay Ruston
Steel Panther continues to entertain me with their musical chops and penchant for writing incredible hooks… not to mention their profane and silly lyrics. By this stage, I see people online say the joke is getting old, but it hasn’t gotten to that point for me, especially when the bands continues to throw a few curve balls every now and then.
All You Can Eat had few genuinely impressive pop moments that went beyond the Sunset Strip sound (even if the lyrics didn’t), and Lower the Bar also has the band thinking outside the box with the trippy “Now the Fun Starts” and “Pussy Ain’t Free”, where Michael Starr’s vocal delivery reminds me of Scott Weiland during the verse.
The band even delves into power pop with a faithful cover of Cheap Trick’s “She’s Tight”. Robin Zander lends a vocal hand and an appearance in the music video.
The rest of the album is typical Steel Panther — that is, an album with more hooks than a Bass Pro Shop, Sunset Strip rock, sleazy over the top lyrics, giant choruses and not-so-tender ballads.
Steel Panther goes back 17 years (they were originally a Sunset Strip cover band known as Metal Shop) and this is their fifth studio album. That’s a testament to the band’s musical and comedic creativity.
Highlights: “Goin’ in the Backdoor”, “Anything Goes”, “Now the Fun Starts”, “Pussy Ain’t Free”, “I Got What You Want”, “She’s Tight”