With ‘Under The Gun’ being the first record with new members Sandra Alvarenga (Black Veil Brides) and Mark Burn the bad boy of the band, this is an album that could take a very interesting twist.
After taking a long time away from the studio with endless touring, member changes and other mishaps, Modern Day Escape’s second album ‘Under The Gun’ was finally finished courtesy of Standby Records.
‘Under The Gun’ has made no obvious changes in its style since the previous album ‘House Of Rats’ which was very upbeat and punctual. This album shares the same melodic vocals and heavy guitar riffs, along with double bass pedal-style drum beats. In songs like ‘City Of Thieves’ and ‘Don’t Hold It Against Me’ kicking off the album, little whammy-style guitar quirks have been added in the breakdowns which are a nice addition to their songs.
Slower songs such as ‘Life’s A Bitch’ and ‘Voiceless’ bring the party down a notch as the beat slows down and a more power ballad feel kicks in. With the acoustic guitars coming out, the variety of songs in this album stops you from feeling bored with endless sing-along lyrics throughout.
The Black Veil Brides influence and the new badass guitar player who bought a bit of rebelliousness to the band has clearly been an improvement, making his signature whammy solo’s distinctive and noticeable. Ladies, Sandra shows that the drums are not a man’s toy anymore, as the wild double bass blasts through the speakers faster than any other female drummer we’ve heard.
If you like Modern day Escape’s first album, you will definitely like this album too. Although their style hasn’t changed, the new members each bought something different to the band and it really works. In my personal opinion, this album is a lot better than their previous work, and they are definitely progressing out of the generic punk rock stage, and doing something a little bit different. Which is always nice to hear!
Reviewer: Louisa Smith