It’s never an easy feat to follow up on a successful debut album, and The Answer certainly has quite a lot to live up to after their critically acclaimed Rise which has led to them being invited to open for AC/DC on the Irish leg of these legendary rockers’ Black Ice tour. The recipe for success seems to have been a healthy dose of 70s influenced rock (and roll) with genuine bite mixed with some more modern influences – very much like their airplay friendly colleagues in The Darkness, one might add.
Everyday Demons opens with the solid rocker ‘Demon Eyes’ with a Black Crowes flavoured chorus and continues on the same note with the equally satisfying ‘Too Far Gone’ and ‘On And On’ – energetic rock teeming with 70’s influences and truck stop sleaze. From there on it all sadly goes downhill and all the way into the drain.
To be honest, this album is so uneven that it sounds as if the band only had a handful of passable songs and needed to make up enough for an entire album in a hurry. It all ends up as one big mess of rock’n’roll, blues, country, southern rock and terrible ballads like ‘Comfort Zone’ – quite a disappointment compared to their first album despite the few tracks that manage to deliver a properly rocking blast from the past.
I’d choose The Golden Gods and their splendid serving of electrifying retro rock The Thorny Crown of Rock and Roll over these Irish fellows any day – Everyday Demons simply isn’t the answer to my prayers for musical journey into the past.