There is something about US rockers On Top and their rousing sound which just gets the energies boiling and body submitting to its anthemic roar. The Philadelphia trio do not bring anything outside of the box with their old school but fresh mix of heavy metal and hard rock, familiarity as potent an ingredient as adrenaline and passion, yet as with previous releases and especially the 2014 Top to Bottom EP, they just hit the right spot to incite thorough enjoyment. New release Topless sees them doing it once again with four tracks that simply riot in ears for an invigorating and fun time for all.
Consisting of band founder and vocalist/bassist Jaron Gulino, guitarist/backing vocalist Brian Davis, and drummer/ backing vocalist Danny Piselli, On Top once more stir up air and attention with their Chris Collier (KXM, Lynch Mob) mixed and mastered EP. Opener Lie to Me is an immediate involvement luring ears with an initial spicy groove swiftly joined by a throaty bassline, crisp beats, and the ever enticing tones of Gulino. The right shade of dirty with glam and blues rock colouring to its tenacious stride and persuasion, the track is the contagion we expect, carrying on where the Top to Bottom EP left off whilst offering a more rounded and skilfully woven bellow of sound.
A meatier tone and blues spawned tang soaks the following Crazy, the track instantly showing an imposing side to the On Top songwriting and sound, a predation led by the excellent snarl of Gulino’s bass. As its predecessor, there is still an easy infectiousness at work which proves impossible to resist but where the track really excels is in the raw almost psychotic shadows masked as rhythms and the increasingly virulent adventure spun by Davis’ nimble fingers upon strings.
Closing on an enslaving roar, the song makes way for the fiery tempest of 282 and a slab of the filthiest, attitude fuelled brawl of rock ‘n’ roll to come from the band to date. Bred with punk belligerence and aggression whilst evolving a fascinating tapestry of blues and melodic rock resourcefulness, the track virtually stalks ears and emotions as it pushes itself as the pinnacle of the release. It might be the dirtiest, antagonistic incitement from On Top so far in their career but it is also the best.
The EP closes with Got Me Runnin’ and another dynamic saunter of rich hooks and spicy grooves aligned to dark grouchy rhythms and vocal attitude. Arguably the most adventurous song on Topless with its melodic imagination in flirtation with progressive hues, it is still no slouch on infectious bait and dynamic endeavour.
Fair to say On Top provides something familiar and easily accessible with Topless. It will feed their fans expectations to fine effect whilst recruiting many more new appetites too. The band offers honest rock ‘n’ roll there to have a good time, which quite simply ensures the listener does too.
Topless is available from July 9th via Toil Records @ http://www.toilinc.com/#!music/c1x9v