The first noticeable thing about Social Code’s debut album, Rock N Roll, is how perfect the title fits. Rock N Roll is just that, rock music at its finest. Social Code has created a record that is destined for glory and it’s an album that all hard rock fans should own. Rock N Roll is one of the best records to come out in 2010.
Social Code takes the simple approach to creating rock music – four musicians, no filler. Following the format of great rock bands from the 70s and 80s, each member of Social Code has their own place in the band. There is no double duty for vocalist Travis Nesbitt. He concentrates on his strength, which is singing. The same is true for fellow members Morgan Gies (guitar), Logan Jacobs (bass), and Ben Shillabeer (drums). They all do their part to create the music and they all do it exceptionally well.
Best described as dirty (or gritty) rock, Rock N Roll is a powerful album. Blending the styles of Hinder, Lynch Mob, and Papa Roach, Social Code is the real deal and Rock N Roll proves it. Opening with an odd acoustic ballad to rock and roll music, the title track is a strange lead song for such an intense record. “Rock N Roll” is an acoustic ballad to Social Code’s one true muse, rock music. Simple and sweet, “Rock N Roll” is a great song, but the weakest on the record. The acoustic format is nothing like the rest of the record and it’s odd that the song didn’t kick into a rock anthem halfway through.
The rest of the album does that instead. From the opening riffs of “Nothing Left To Lose” to the final chord of “Too Late For Tomorrow”, nothing but fist pumping, sing-along, hard rock music is pushed out of the speakers. Bar jamming, foot stomping, good time hard rock is what Rock N Roll is all about. With incredible guitar work from Morgan Gies, and exceptional vocals from Travis Nesbitt, Social Code is almost guaranteed to be the best new band of 2010.
Lead single Satisfied is a brilliant tribute to the one night stand. Launching with an excellent guitar riff, Satisfied kicks in with pounding rock drums and Travis Nesbitt’s raspy vocals singing an ode to a woman who just wants to have sex. No strings attached, no names are necessary, the woman of this song just wants to have fun for the night and then leave, with the promise of leaving you Satisfied. One thing is certain, this single is highly satisfying.
“Buy Buy Baby” sounds like it could have been included on George Lynch’s Souls of We. Opening with a funky bass line from Logan Jacobs, “Buy Buy Baby” is a grooving rock tribute to those who are addicted to spending. With a chorus that has you up on your feet, singing along, and dancing to the music, “Buy Buy Baby” is an excellent track.
Rock N Roll is not without its power ballads. However, these are not your father’s power ballads. “Real Girl” is the first power ballad, with the emphasis on power. An awesome guitar riff launches the song and a sing-along chorus of “I need a real girl, real world/I needed someone to hold on to/I need a real girl real world/how did I ever end up with you,” pulls it all together. Far from sappy, and miles away from the modern ballads, “Real Girl” is a ballad with balls.
“Stay” is the other power ballad on the disc and while it’s sappier than “Real Girl”, it still packs its own hard core punch. Nesbitt’s vocals shine on this song. Opening with a soft verse that finds him in an octave higher than most of the record, the chorus bites down hard with a head banger’s chant that pleases the ear in orgasmic fashion. Stay is the way all power ballads should sound.
An absolute incredible masterpiece, Social Code’s Rock N Roll is an album that must be added to your collection. If you are a fan of hard rock music that is just plain fun, Rock N Roll is the record for you. You can learn more about Social Code (and sample some of their incredible music) by visiting their website at: http://www.socialcodemusic.com
Rating: Out of 10
- Rock N Roll
- Nothing Left To Lose
- Perfect Grave
- Buy Buy Baby
- Real Girl
- Fight For Love
- You Never Know What You Got Until It’s Gone
- I’m Not Okay
- Too Late For Tomorrow
Social Code Is:
Travis Nesbitt – Vocals
Logan Jacobs – Bass
Morgan Gies – Guitar
Ben Shillabeer – Drums