Spank – Get Bent (2009, independent release)
- Turkey Leg
- Back To Me
- In Time
- Hard To Understand
- Step Out Of Line
Brian Boles – Guitars & Vocals
Jody Blevins – Bass & Vocals
Ben Barker – Drums & Vocals
David Barker – Guitars & Vocals
Mitch Easter – Slide Guitar on ‘Back To Me’
Producer: Mitch Easter
Country: North Carolina, USA
Total Time = 33:47
I’ve had GET BENT from North Carolina’s “ultimate Hard Rock band”, Spank, for a few months now and I let if just fall into the pile of stuff to listen to. I finally came across the press release that came with the CD (that was in another pile!) and the write-up made the band sound good. They made sure to mention the original songwriting, the professional musicianship and the “high energy, sweaty, in your face, entertaing” live shows! I especially liked how they mentioned their first full length record from 2006, THE MONKEY, (I like the play on words) and the name dropping with their self-titled E.P. from 2005, the band was able to work with producer Beau Hill (producer for Ratt, Winger, Warrant) on one track from their E.P. I was impressed that a virtually unknown band got to work with a legendary producer with a great track record. I was under the impression that there was going to be some solid melodic ’80s style Hard Rock on GET BENT. For some reason, it wasn’t to be.
Spank is a talented bunch of musicians and I’m almost positive that their live shows are high energy and sweaty but the proof is in the songs and all the talent in the world, all the high energy, won’t help if the songs are substandard. The bulk of the album sounds like modern Hard Rock, no different than the hundreds of bands playing the bar/club circuit right now and trying to make it. The sound is also no different from some of the “successful” bands on today’s Rock radio like Nickelback, Puddle Of Mudd or Shinedown. There are some standout songs like the melodic ‘Back To Me’ and ‘Terrified’, the power ballad ‘Hard To Understand and the uptempo and bass thumping ‘Step Out Of Line’. The rest of the album sounds all the same to me, nothing really grabs my attention.
Spank are decent musicians but they need to hone their songwriting skills. If they get stronger songs with that hook that makes the listener pay attention then they will have some success. The problem for me was most of this record sounded like a local bar band trying out their original material in between cover songs. Make me pay attention, do something different. Spank accomplishes this with a few songs but it’s not enough for me. A good effort that falls short.
‘Back To Me’, ‘Terrified’, ‘Hard To Understand’