A couple of years ago, the bands to emulate in modern rock were those that flooded the radios with wickedly catchy upbeat power pop tunes. Then came the neo-metal-driven climate, where even the tame end of the spectrum became heavier. On their new single, “Motor Honey (Peace)”, Boston based three piece rock group Heavy AmericA, proves themselves among the best in the alternative rock genre with a track loaded with hooks for mainstream appeal, but with an energy and drive that keeps them from sounding like mere imitators. The new release which has all the potential to climb the rock radio charts, is an ingenious construction of overdriven guitar riffs over a solid smashing drum line, bursting into a hard-hitting chorus where the guitars deftly snatch the focus from the rhythm section.
Those who have scoured the band’s catalog, know that Heavy AmericA’s melodies are gripping, the vocals are well-executed without sounding cheesy, and the song structures, are often brilliant. Keeping the wheels turning, “Motor Honey (Peace)”comes on with a bass line by Budd Lapham (bass, vocals) that works in combination with the guitar of Michael T. Seguin (guitars, lead vocals, keys), and the drums of Dan Fried (drums, percussion, vocals), to project a sense of fast forward motion.
As the track reaches the chorus, the decibels rise and the guitars become chunkier. The song is catchy and will have the listener singing along quickly after hearing it for the first time. “Motor Honey (Peace)” is a must have track for the rocker in all of us. It is a feel good song with a fine sense of balance in its music. Even in its simplicity, rock has always been entertaining. With their latest single, Heavy AmericA stands to affirm this.
The new song has enough hints of aggression in its music but always feels much more comforting instead. Good production ensures that everything on the track is heard just fine. The high point of “Motor Honey (Peace)” is that classic ‘feel good rock n’ roll vibe’ that it offers. This is a great move by the band and will leave a strong impression on its listeners.
For those of you listening to Heavy AmericA for the first time you’ll find this the perfect track to get your teeth into and wrap your ears around. The vocals are strong and give you that “in your face” resolve to do your own thing. Guitars flickering and shooting out of the speakers are the first thing you hear, pushing to a slippery chug of riffs behind the grounded vocals.
Still holding the same appeal that’s seen them lord it over the underground alternative rock scene since 2013, Boston’s Heavy AmericA have fortunately also remained one of the few bands who have legitimate songwriting talent and the musicianship to back it up. “Motor Honey (Peace)” far exceeded my expectations, and I have been listening to Heavy AmericA since 2015.
When you listen to Heavy AmericA you are washed over with their emotionally charged lyrics, the creative, fresh work with excellent progressions and transitions that make the music genuinely interesting. This is not your typical, cookie-cutter, predictably harmonized and overly engineered modern rock track. This is rock, not wanna be rock, or rock for the sake of pandering. It’s rock. Pure and simple.