Audiovent ~ Dirty Sexy Knights In Paris
Californian rockers Audiovent might boast two blood ties to nu-metal hearthrobs Incubus
--singer Jason Boyd and guitarist Ben Einzinger are the little brothers of Brandon Boyd and Mike Einsiger respectively--but there's a lot more to their debut, Dirty Sexy Knights in Paris
, than a column-grabbing family tie. Immersed in the history of rock & roll greats like Hendrix
and the Who
, Audiovent have delivered a slick American rock record with a classically anthemic sound, but a thoroughly modern metal kick.
Like pretty much every Yank angst contender, they dip into the clichés a little too readily: "The Energy" uses American shrink-talk to vocalise the pain of emotional separation, Jason Boyd singing "Every now and then I think about you / it's bringing me closer to closure" like he's stretching out on a psychiatrist's couch, not confronting his demons. Still, the song's titanic chorus drives it home with the insane power of a Faith No More oldie; and with songs like the seismic "Gravity" and the subtle, atmospheric "When the Rain" to follow it up, such niggles pale into insignificance. Forget Incubus a moment: this is a debut that can stand on its own two feet. --Louis Pattison