For their album Paradise Place, Americans from Pump5 are claiming their love of rock with beautiful tracks and classic rock atmospheres. Review.
PARADISE PLACE – PUMP5
Guitars first, that’s how Pump5 are entering the room with Paradise Place. Close to the purest of hard-rock, the American band also knows how to appeal to fans of diverse rock genres – modern and glam will have a good time. Steven Barnett’s husky voice runs forward without ever looking back. Hello begins with an incredibly captivating and efficient riff. Heavy and powerful, they also get into lighter ones, very punk-inspired, with Make Me and Circus of which the last few notes now live rent-free in my head, hours after the first spin.
In a more acoustic style, we get Cat Sung. And there, in the first verse, I can only enjoy the elegance of the strong notes and the other subtle whispers Barnett’s voice gets out. Then, everything gets more electric, highlighting the epic and hurt side of the song. End of We also keeps something of that hurt but seems to add to it a feeling more definitive, a touch of acceptance, too.
The band gets even more passionate with I Promise. At the end, the drums roll crazily, and the intro of Rain follows beautifully, as a relief and balance. The riffs here are a monsoon, and each second is a wonder. If the production is immaculate, tracks like Breakin Down and Cheers, closing the record, prove that Pump5 is made for the raw and dirty of live shows and that Paradise Place is a glimpse of it. A happy rocking place record.