There may not be as much hairspray this time around but Ben Katzman and his solo project, DeGreaser has again turned to classic riff-meisters like Kiss, Van Halen and Judas Priest for inspiration for their forthcoming release, Quarter Life Crisis. Putting an emphasis on the skill of making a guitar strangle your brain and declaring war on mundanity, this is ultra-addictive garage-glam-metal hoopla on a grand scale. Prepare to spill your pint!
As head honcho at Boston’s BUFU Record Label, Ben Katzman has seen his fair share of artists come through the door, each with a tale to tell. For his second full-length solo project, Ben has cut away the convoluted back-stories and deep metaphysical musings and delivered an honest-to-God RAWK album! Taking its year zero as either 1978 (Kiss in its prime) or 1987 (peak Mötley Crüe), depending on the particular track, this puts the ancient art of guitar shredding back on its pedestal and the glory of feel-good rock back into the hearts and minds of the masses.
Created with the assistance of various personnel, “Quarter Life Crisis” is DeGreaser’s forthcoming album release and tells the no-nonsense (or is it all-nonsense?) journey through your twenties, with the titles giving you exactly what it says on the tin: “Too Old for Retail”; “Cool Points Don’t Pay the Rent” and so on. The riffs are plentiful and uncompromising, rarely waiting for trivial things like choruses to make themselves known. Alongside the Ace Frehley and Glenn Tipton homages, there’s a snarling garage rock and punk element which is raucously hormonal rather than embarrassingly political, all lending itself an Andrew WK-ish endless party rally call.
Produced by underground indie starlet Colleen Green (currently signed to Hardly Art), Quarter Life Crisis is all about throwing your hang-ups to the wind and setting fire to your insecurities. DeGreaser is proud to shred and proud to be unconventional. Like their riff ancestors Kiss and Van Halen, they know that there’s a seriousness and a sense of ridiculousness to rock music that often gets lost. DeGreaser bring back the instrumental skill and chest-beating fun to rock, and not a minute too soon.