5 STAR HOOKER – 5 Star Hooker EP (Album Review)

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5 star hookerI admit it. My musical tastes are colored by the era in which I came of age. As this was in the 1980’s, I tend to favor the good time, party rock, glam metal genre that was so prominent in that decade. Sure, my tastes have matured a bit since then to include other types of hard rock and heavy metal, but I still have a soft spot for my musical gateway drug. It isn’t often these days that a new band brings that vibe so I was quite excited to discover 5 Star Hooker. This central Florida based band formed in 2015 and released their self-titled EP earlier this year. They describe their sound as “fun, rowdy rock and roll” and I believe the world needs a little bit more of that.

From the first cut on this EP, “5 Star Hooker“, you know the party is on. The screaming guitars from Michael Hatcher and Sukoshi Sills over the groove supplied by drummer Mace McMillan and bassist Raven Blakkwell are the very definition of sleaze rock. Vocalist Garth Remick adds his gritty voice to the mix with lyrics that you want to sing along to as you dance. If you plan on having a good time with a bunch of friends, you must include “Crash the Party” in your playlist. The relentless beat will keep you all moving as you sing the title along with the band. Speaking of which, since you are partying anyway, might as well give “Drinkin Blues” a spin. This one has a bit of bounce and attitude as the band bids farewell to a lady who could no longer stomach the quintessential rock and roll lifestyle. The band shows a different side on the final cut, “The Kill“. Although the tune still rocks hard, the theme is less about fun and more filled with a vow for vengeance. They show a touch more sophistication and refinement in the song with more complex chords, lyrics, and vocal styling.

Many of the songs on 5 Star Hooker remind me of early Motley Crue. Upon first listen, I immediately found myself comparing Garth Remick‘s voice to a young Vince Neil. That’s not a terrible comparison in my book. This is a very good initial offering from the band. I get a sense of who they are and a glimpse of where they may be going. As the band continues to gel, I expect to hear great things from them in the future. I do hope, though, that they will continue to bring fun to their music even as they fully explore their musical potential. 5 Star Hooker performed at Rocklahoma this year (check out Meister‘s review of that here) so I would not be surprised to see more of them on the festival circuit next year. If you see them on your festival bill, I encourage you to carve out time to see their show. I know that I will!

~~ Metal Mama

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