All the way from Sweden are rockers The Driftwood Sign with this their self-titled debut EP. The Driftwood Sign have been slowly but surely rising through the ranks, having made the regional finals of Sweden’s battle of the bands competition The Emergenza Festival in 2012, after coming fourth the previous year with lead singer Anders winning best vocal performance.
From the opening notes of ‘Leech’, you would be forgiven for thinking The Driftwood Sign are an alt-rock band, but those impressions are blown away by the crunching riffs of guitarist Nils which soon swell up to a big juicy chorus. Melodic hard rock, in the vein of Black Stone Cherry, Shinedown, and more importantly Alter Bridge occupy this recording. Rather tellingly the band supported Mark Tremonti of Creed and Alter Bridge fame in Copenhagen, 2013. All the songs have a sweet melodic core with a hard, heavy riffing edge, the latter is ever-present on the pseudo metallic thrashings of ‘Open Fields’ which eventually succumbs to a soaring chorus. Not to mention the heavy stomp of ‘Even You’, which is broken up by an ever so brief guitar solo.
The most sumptuous number being the incessant earworm ‘No Longer Young’, which thunders along at a whirlwind pace. They tick all the archetypical melodic rock boxes especially Anders’s high register yet smooth voice, which heavily echoes Myles Kennedy. Danny’s marching drum intro eases us into the remastered ep closer ‘Disorder’, with a quiet verse/loud chorus ethos David Grohl would be proud of. This song was originally mastered and mixed last year by Beau Hill – he of Ratt and Warrant fame.
An accomplished debut recording which offers pleasingly big choruses and crunching riffs in equal measure. If you did not know any better you would think they were American.