’80s Guy CD Review: Bottoms Up / Shelter From The Storm
Reviewed by: Roger Scales
Bottoms Up is a band based out of Southern New Hampshire and has been rocking stages big and small all over New England for the past 6 years. They have opened for national acts such as Judas Priest, Jethro Tull and Peter Frampton. They will soon be sharing the stage (along with Vince Neil of Motley Crue) with the Scorpions on their farewell tour as it passes through New England. These guys have more raw energy and power as a trio than most 4 or 5 piece bands do on their best night. Their brand new cd “Shelter from The Storm” showcases the bands ability to write catchy tunes with very high energy hard rock with a sleazy edge and a pounding rhythm section.
“No Way Out” is a heavy opener with some very nifty guitar work from Eddie Jean and some awesome harmonies from drummer Jean Grenier.
“The Way She Walks” is party rock pure and simple. These guys truly have roots in the 80’s scene. This one sounds like RATT meets Britny Fox and I think the band meant it to be that way!! My favorite track by far!!
“Stay With Me Through the Night” brings the band to a very commercial over the top arena rock sound. If you like the guitar tapping shredding style of Dokken you will love this track. I would like to see a video of this featuring the band playing at a race track with Danica Patrick riding up to the band onstage and at the end walking off wearing a Bottoms Up shirt..endorsement maybe?? I’ll make a call for ya Jean.
“Party’s On” sounds like it could be a lost Van Halen song. The band jams here like their very lives depended on it. Maybe it did..
“Feeling All Your Love” is a very dirty song..I mean that in a good way. The mix is superb on this one, it captures the raw energy of Jean and Evan just jamming out full throttle.
“Three Fingers of Brandy” has that southern rock sort of vibe to it. This tune makes me think of Cinderella meets Lynyrd Skynyrd. Great break in the bridge and some solid groove from Evan Desmarais.
“H.A.S” is the lone instrumental off the cd and shows off the bands individual skills while at the same time meshing as one unit.
“Home With Me” lyrically is the most enjoyable song off the album because it’s content is simple: guy meets girl..guy wants girl..guy asks girl to come home for sex..girl agrees.. I think. Every Bottoms Up song has a happy ending (no pun intended), so yes she does! More great jamming.
“Changing World” was too much of a change of pace for me at the outset but then in typical BU fashion kicks you in the mouth. Sort of has a rap feel vocally to it but there are a lot of time changes in this one.
‘Wild N’ Free” is another sleaze rocker but I thought it was too raw and slower than I would have liked. Seemed a bit stripped back and almost held back at times.
“Simple Things” is that hum a long tune that is very catchy and likeable, very much in the Aerosmith vain. A mesh of different influences on this one but it works.
The production and final mix and the performances are all really energetic and fun. For fans of 80’s rock, arena rock, sleaze rock, southern rock – Bottoms Up has something to offer all of you. Go pick this one up and buy one for your friends as well!!
No Way Out
The Way She Walks
Stay With Me Through the Night
Feeling All Your Love
Three Fingers Of Brandy
Home With Me
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