There are two ways of looking at an album like Biters The Future Aint What It Used To Be, on the one hand the band offer up a genuine and well executed throwback to an era that many would consider a golden age for rock music. The flip side to this of course is that in 2017, a sound like this offers up nothing new or remotely innovative, and is a shameless rehashing of an era which the world is now far removed from. I wouldn’t really say that the latter sentiment is totally applicable to Biters, their debut album Electric Blood was a short yet pleasing collection of songs which payed tribute to the greats of the 1970’s, however it was done so in a way which felt almost tongue in cheek, and in return gave the album a certain charm which allowed it to stand out as a strong body of work.
This new release on the other hand doesn’t give off the same feeling as Electric Blood. for the most part the record feels stuck in second gear, and contrary to the usual trend, the album is bottom heavy with the last four tracks being the best songs on the record. The first three tracks all sit at a similar ploddy pace, which doesn’t grip you as a listener, and when the band are so blatantly referencing an era that was well known for it’s over the top, bombastic nature, the album begs for an upbeat party anthem to kick off the proceedings. Vulture City for example, would’ve been better served as track one, it is by far the albums stand out moment. Its driving guitar line and fist in the air chorus, are an example of the traits that made the first album such an enjoyable collection of music and made Biters one of the stand out bands within their genre. As previously mentioned, the latter half of the album is much better, Vulture City kicks this off, Hollywood and Goin’ Back To Georgia that follow are well executed ballads, which show a different dynamic that the band haven’t really displayed before. Lyrically it is in these moments where vocalist Tuk Smith really flourishes, pair this with his likeable, showman ’esque charm and Biters have a genuine star on their hands.
There are times throughout where the bands influences are worn just a little bit too obviously on their sleeves, Stone Cold Love could quite easily be a T-Rex cover, the guitar tone and vocal delivery are an almost perfect emulation of Marc Bolan. Chasin’ the Feeling has a swagger which is reminiscent of early era Kiss. If this sounds like the type of thing you are interested in, you can do a lot worse than checking out this new Biters album.