Nashville Rock Band The Criticals Bring The Heat On "Good Lookin"
There’s no slowing down for The Criticals. They came out of the gate earlier this year swinging and screaming, launching themselves into the world of old-school rock like they’d just emerged from a time machine. Each single released so far has been a gem of fully-formed rock ‘n roll touched by psychedelia and modern influence — The Criticals continue to deliver. This is the good stuff.
Weeks ago, The Criticals released their latest single, “Good Lookin,” one of their most dynamic, daring tracks yet. “When we recorded ‘Good Lookin,’ we were living how we wanted. We went off grid, without connection to the outside world, and pushed ourselves to the edge,” guitarist Cole tells The Music Mermaid. “We wanted to create our own ‘Helter Skelter.’ We wanted to see how loud we could be.”
The experiment paid off. “Good Lookin” ends up being pretty signature Criticals — catchy rock with a whole lot of classic 90s influence — but times a hundred. On fire. In the midst of a car chase. The sweetest moments of “Good Lookin” are when you hear that shimmer of percussion spinning deep beneath each sonic layer — which isn’t saying much because even those shimmers pack a punch. Ultimately, “Good Lookin” is brash and abrasive, an unrelenting cacophony of smacking drum beats, killer guitar work, and a seriously impressive vocal performance. This is an example of rock mastery — The Criticals deliver an in-your-face effort of roaring indie-rock, a raucous mockery of modern subtleties. There’s nothing subtle about “Good Lookin.” It’s all drama.
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Featured photo of The Criticals by Kyle Neach