Sucker get the push on Dangerdog Music Reviews because they're native to Pennsylvania, our home base. Hailing from coal country of Scranton, Sucker is a power trio fronted by female lead singer Candi Vee, who writes all they lyrics.
Being from a blue-collar town, you would expect Sucker to deliver some basic hard rock, and that's essentially what you get on their 13 song debut album. Yet their rock has obvious notes of punk, metal, and more than a little power pop accessibility in their presentation. Vee's vocal style is also prominent with a melodic clear delivery having a natural smooth sultriness to it. Her bass work is equally interesting. It's not only clear in the mix, but quite steady, performed with near effortless ease.
Backing up Ms. Vee are guitarist Janson Harris and drummer Timmy Prime, both of whom are solid musicians. Harris offers good, defined, but also varied, solos across the album. I wouldn't call his style overtly technical; it seems that he'd rather keep out the jams (especially live) rather than give you a lesson in guitar methodology. Some of his best stuff comes Amphetamine Queen, Never Meant To, Can't Say No, Dirty Secrets, and bluesy Telephone, one of the best songs here. Put the parts together and Sucker is a very tight rock band, composing solid, sometimes more modern sounding, melodic hard rock. Alternatively, one may still wonder what makes them differ from their peers, or what about their music will put them ahead of the pack. Ponder the questions, if you wish, while you enjoy the tunes. Perhaps with some additional visibility the band will catch on. Recommended.
On their debut album, Sucker offers solid, varied, and entertaining melodic hard rock with Candi Vee's smooth vocals and bass lines at the fore.
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