>> Fresh off their Audiotree session, Made Violent is showing no signs of slowing down. Their new EP, Squeeze, tries to right the wrongs of early 2000s rock.
Squeeze has an attitude to it that’s rarely seen in modern music. Most bands out there right now are dealing with very serious issues, the intricacies and pitfalls of life in the year 2018. Made Violent, however, seems to have stepped straight out of the year 2006. They’re not here to talk about the economy, the job market, or shifting the status quo. They’re just here to have fun. It can be a bit relaxing, a way to take your mind off of the society of today.
Joe White’s vocals are by far the standout feature of Squeeze. He’s got a tone that any open mic performer would kill for, and even established musicians would have to acknowledge. On tracks like "Unamused", there are moments where some early blues influence shows through, and those are easily the best points of the EP.
Try as they might, though, Made Violent doesn’t seem to be able to not sound like Jet. It’s the same guitar, the same bass, the same drums. Tracks like "Baby Gold" or "Right Kind Of Crazy" sound exactly like something you’d hear over your local mall’s speakers in 2007. Even "Unamused", White’s strongest vocal performance, comes across as unimpressive. Squeeze has the same inoffensive, watered-down sound that plagued Billboard in 2004.
Squeeze pulls inspiration from some of the most unloved rock music ever to grace the airwaves, the generic early 2000s. Made Violent tries to put a modern spin on the sound defined by Jet and loved by white moms everywhere. But while some points do truly sound like a modern direction, something you’d head at a basement show, Squeeze just can’t distance itself quite far enough from Pitchfork’s Most Wanted. 3.5/5 <<