‘The Future Ain’t What It Used To Be’ is an endearing offering of tracks that transcend themes and styles, with an enriching nod to their 70’s influences, yet proving more than simply another revivalist band
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Atlanta’s own rock n roll crème of the crop Biters are no strangers to being the black sheep.
Not being able to place or categorise the band has led to some unusual, yet high profile slots on tours with the likes of: Buckcherry, Black Stone Cherry, Sum 41 and most recently Blackberry Smoke.
As a result of the “road dog” mentality the band share, coupled with signing a worldwide deal with Earache records in 2015, has enabled the band to outstretch their fan base and ultimately popularity.
With a handful of EP’s and their 2015 debut ‘Electric Blood’ under their respective belt, the band is set to release their sophomore LP ‘The Future Ain’t What It Used To Be’. Prior to the release the band have issued two singles; ‘Stone Cold Love’ and ‘Chasin’ The Feelin’. Rather than recycle tried and tested recipes, with the successor they’ve opted for a more introspective approach, embracing their 70’s influences throughout.
Album opener ‘Let It Roll’ is introduced by a lone chugging riff, graduating to a vibrant, radio-friendly accessible anthemic pop rock number with a relatable sentiment “Everybody wants to go to heaven, but nobody wants to die”.
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Biters wear their 70’s influences hung for all to see on their proverbial sleeves, most notably in ‘Callin’ You Home’ and the debut single ‘Stone Cold Love’. Both tracks lend in equal parts from The Sweet to Gary Glitter, with the prominent marching esque percussion, stripped back meandering guitars forming a platform for the vocals to be projected. The adolescent gang vocals in ‘Callin’ You Home’, coupled with the clean reverb on the lead vocals & the paced rhythm section makes it easily digestible and highly addictive.
With ‘The Future Ain’t What It Used To Be’ Biters’ identity feels more accomplished and distinguished. Naturally the band have progressed as musicians and songwriters from their earlier material; finally finding their feet with their authentic amalgamation of older and modern styles.
At the helm of the production again is Dan Dixon with help from producer/songwriter Scott Stevens. It’s evident that both share the same vision as Biters; with all the tracks embellished by the crisp, clear sighted, modern production yet retaining the authenticity of the 70’s influence.
The lyrical themes are broad and easily accessible. With many tracks surrounding love/heartache from varying angles and distaste for popular culture, the fame hungry and obsessed in ‘Hollywood’ & ‘Vulture City’.
The apex and eventual closer of the album, ‘Goin’ Back To Georgia’, is the diamond in the rough. Married musically and lyrically. Manifesting aching, heartfelt sentiments about the comfort of home after the tribulations and unpredictable scenarios on tour presented with a simplistic linear musical delivery. This should and could be the sole track that opens many doors for Biters. There’s a sense that had it been recorded by a more conforming, mainstream artist it would be without doubt a chart topping contender.
‘The Future Ain’t What It Used To Be’ is an endearing offering of tracks that transcend themes and styles, with an enriching nod to their 70’s influences, yet proving more than simply another revivalist band. With each output Biters have gone from strength to strength; capturing the eyes and ears of many with their brand of unadulterated rock n roll and admirable work ethic. Maybe now, courtesy of Biters, the future could be what it used to be.
‘The Future Ain’t What It Used To Be’ is out on 19th May on Earache Records.