PAIN CITY – Keep It Real
There is nothing original to "Keep It Real" as such, but there is plenty of confidence, swagger, and attitude coursing through it and you can tell that Pain City are having a blast belting these tunes out. I also dig the slightly unpolished production in that it lends a warm and vibrant atmosphere to the album. The vocals are a bit hit-or-miss from time to time (as illustrated by the uneven "Jack of All Trades" and "Rock Them All"), but they get the job done and the musicianship is generally pretty damn solid (especially with respect to the creative drumming). Listening to inspired tracks such as the fiery album opener "Alive and Free", the groovy "Never Stop Fighting", and the hard-hitting yet dynamic "Swallowed by the Flames" is definitely a good time and most of the cuts defy you not to smile. If you are looking for a teaser, check the entertaining "Canonball on Fire" out.
"Keep It Real" has a charming underground feel to it that is both appealing and uplifting, and the entire thing truly sounds like a labor of love, which is pretty awesome. Support these guys and check this loud and nasty opus of theirs out!