LIKE AN ADDICTION
Released on April 5, 2013 (Sleaszy Rider Records)
01. Artificial Lover
02. Bad Things Cause Bad Things
03. Don’t Drop
04. Darkness Around Me
05. Dreamin’ Is My Way
07. Pay What You Say
08. Drinkin’ Wine Under The Bridge
09. No One Leaves Until Dawn
10. Lay Your Hair Down
11. Shake Dancin’ Soul
Mark Denkley – vocals and bass
Robby Luckets – guitar and vocals
Metyou ToMeatyou – drums
Produced by Sandness.
Sandness are an Italian band that was created in 2008 to play ’80s glam influenced rock music. After two demo releases and positive stage buzz (including stints opening for L.A. Guns and Adam Bomb), the trio known as Sandness have released their first official album titled Like An Addiction. After one listen you realize that, although five years have passed since their formation, the focus is still the ’80s sound that this group craves.
Throughout Like An Addiction, the guitars move fast and the ’80s cliche lyrics even faster. At their best, songs like “Darkness Around Me” and “Dreamin’ Is My Way” show potential for a unique twist (sleazy blues sound) to go along with their straight up ’80s approach. The flip side are tunes like “Bad Things Cause Bad Things” and “Don’t Drop”, both sounding more ‘dated eighties’ versus nostalgic.
For cowbell lovers, you will get your fix on both “Dreamin’ Is My Way” and “Lay Your Hair Down” — the latter track is my favorite on the album. This song brings together a grooving bluesy guitar, chainsaw cutting vocals, and a cool party-till-you-drop energy that reminds me of early Great White. For rock and roll lovers, you can’t go wrong adding “Dreamin’ Is My Way” and “Lay Your Hair Down” to your new ‘eighties sounding bands’ playlist.
Like An Addiction is an album for serious fans of the ’80s glam genre. No more, no less — I’m assuming exactly as Sandness envisioned.