SOMETHING ABOUT THE SNAKE
Released September 21, 2011 (Chris Sestric)
01. Here I Am
03. The Morning After
04. Just Want You
05. Out Of Your League
06. Something About The Snake
07. Send Me To Heaven
08. Done With Authority
09. First Love
10. I Will Forgive You
11. Such A Bitch
12. Oh My God
13. If She Only Had A Brain
15. Bitch Named Internet
16. Wasting Away In L.A.
17. Running Out Of Time
19. Not The Devil
Chris Sestric – vocals, guitar and bass
Makoto Izumitani – drums
Scott Gripe – backing vocals (8,9)
Produced, recorded, mixed and mastered by Chris Sestric.
Raw, stripped down, and refreshing… these are words that could be used to describe L.A.’s own Chris Sestric. He is a Pennsylvania native who went for broke and moved out to the City Of Angels to peruse the dream of making it big, and came equipped with a bachelor’s degree from Berklee College Of Music.
Chris Sestric started writing songs for his solo band while in other L.A. groups. He then recorded Something About The Snake, which is a 19 song journey into the life of a struggling and upcoming musician. Most of the songs are dark and paint the gritty picture of what that life is really like. Others have a sarcastic and comedic flavor, like “If She Only Had A Brain” and “Bitch Named Internet” — the latter tells the story about how so many people have fallen in love with words they read online. I personally worked with a guy who swore up and down that he had a ‘girlfriend’ who lived on the opposite side of the country, who he had never met. They had been ‘dating’ for two years and he was faithful, and swore she was too — not to mention the Manti Te’o Story.
On Something About The Snake Chris Sestric is the primary songwriter/composer, is also the lead singer/guitarist/bassist, and the music itself is good ol’ raw hard rock. Sestric has a very versatile singing voice that goes from low to very high — much like the moods of the music. The song “Something About The Snake” for instance has a very deep and heavy groove to it, but also blasts into a big melodic big chorus, not to mention a blistering guitar solo. Actually, that could be said for most of the tracks on Something About The Snake — the vocals mostly have a doubled high/low to them.
The flexibility of Sestric‘s skill is on display throughout the album, the boldest example of it is found in the song “Send Me To Heaven”. It’s a jazzy acoustic number that makes me want to kick back, sip a martini, and have a cigar while watching people do ‘The Charleston’. I said this album is hard rock, and it is, but there are also songs that are flat out heavy metal like “Done With Authority”, “Here I Am”, and, of course, “F.Y.M.F.” (you can figure out what those letters stand for). One of the final songs on the album, ironically called “Running Out Of Time”, is an acoustic ballad that has a classic rock feel that talks about how fast-paced life is in Hollywood — with deadlines and too many things to do in one day on your plate.
If you like Guns N’ Roses, L.A. Guns, and good hard and heavy rock with an attitude, Sestric is for you. Chris Sestric has a very unique voice which is something that sets him apart from most of the ‘mainstream’ rock/metal singers on the radio these days (who all could be the same person singing for all I know). He also has a very dynamic guitar style, so if all this sounds good to you, and you also want something original and different, pick up the CD because Sestric delivers.
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Reviewed by William Telltale for Sleaze Roxx, April 2014