You may or may not be aware of this, but there is a certain anthology series in pop music that is about to turn 50. Yes, NOW That’s What I Call Music Vol. 49 was just released. Alas, it’s a Kei$ha, Pitbull and Miley world out there and has been for some time. Someday, I’ll be sitting my grandkids down by the fire and telling them about how music used to be played on real instruments by real people, before the drones took over.
Throughout 12 tracks of classic rock fury on Feedback Revival’s debut full length, the band pay tribute to Delta Blues, 70′s-album rock, and Southern-Core emotional values. Dan Fenton may posses an old soul, but his throwback tenor is a rebellious instrument of unrestrained vitriol. Even when he sings “It’s a beautiful life/I ain’t never been perfect/Sometimes I wanna die,” you get the feeling that hearing Black Eyed Peas on the radio instead of Black Crowes has only made the dudes in Feedback Revival wannalive to see the day that One Direction has to take over for Celine Dion in Vegas.
As I alluded to in the first paragraph, if the robots win someday, it won’t be for lack of artists like Fenton swinging for the fences. More than the sum of familiar influences, a fierce independent ethos gives Feedback Revival plenty of fire and grit. Feedback Revival the album is not a perfect record by any means, it would benefit from a slightly shorter run-time and a few less retread chord progressions. But what is clear here is that Nashville’s Feedback Revival are that rare band with a bright future in a time increasingly less friendly to the species.