I started by listen to ‘Hot Rod’ and the opening motif on the Guitar reminded of earlier pop/rock songs, similar to the style of Elvis Presley. The vocal line was great to listen to and complimented the guitar rhythm well. Additionally, the backing vocals sounded great, albeit there were at a less audible volume and therefore not the forefront of the song. I particularly liked however how the backing vocals changed in 2nd verse, as this created variation throughout the song. The best feature of this song in my eyes was the Guitar instrumental, which was brilliant and had some great melodic features.
‘Party You Give’ was the next track I listened to, and I loved the opening and slightly funky drum fill. The opening guitar motif along different a different drum beat leaned towards the use of syncopation and was fantastic to listen to. A good feature of this song was how the vocals and guitar motifs were used in call and response throughout the verse, as well as the guitar chords using the same melodic structure as the vocal line. The backing vocals sounded good once again, and were more audible this time. There was a good sense of forward direction throughout this song, particularly through the addition of more and more drums, with hi-hat and snare later being introduced. The Instrumental sounded really tight with the bass and electric guitar being synced with each other well. There was a slight Rock style here also in the guitar solo due to the use of effects such as wah-wah; nevertheless this sounded great to listen to.
‘Lightning, Rain and Thunder’ was the penultimate track I listened to. I loved the effect on the electric guitar to open the song, making the song sound like an older pop song from 60s. This was a nice touch and added variation to the band’s set list. As the vocal line was introduced, I began to parallel the song to more of a country style; the song was quite acoustic at first, which was good in providing a nice and calm tone to listen to. The instrumentation built up to use backing vocals of different sorts - some were in octaves and others in harmony. This was another great feature of the song. The use of piano continued to add variation, especially through the piano instrumental. My favourite aspect of the song was how the electric guitar and piano later shared instrumental and intertwined; this sounded fantastic.
The final track I listened to was ‘Got My Freedom’. The opening which used hi-hat and electric guitar sounded extremely bluesy, a particularly favourable genre for me. I really liked how this song was rather simplistic in terms of chord and overall structure, as despite that, it sounded fantastic in creating a brilliant blues-esque style. The guitar solos are brilliant to listen to, incorporating several blues-related features such as pitch bending and blue notes. I also like how the second solo built up throughout its progression to lean towards a climatic ending to the song.
The work this group have to offer is brilliant. They are great at exploring and performing different styles of music to suit anyone and everyone, and even at time, blend different styles within a song. I highly recommend you check out their music.
- Tom Wardman
Tom Wardman's Music Reviews
The Fabrockators are a rock fun-fest waiting to happen. The music on their latest
project, Party You Give, is upbeat and lively and really lends itself to heavy rotation in
any of America's bars and pool halls.
The opening track, "Traveling", is a good representation of The Fabrockators' brand of
rock and roll, which is a very southern sounding, bluesy vibe that lives on the edge. The
song is about living out the dreams of every rock and roll band, and that is to be traveling
the country rocking crowds everywhere. The song is really a good listen that draws you
in and will have you singing along. I like this track a lot and sincerely believe that it would
be a big hit on tour.
Other awesome songs by The Fabrockators include: Hot Rod, Party You Give, and Got
My Freedom. Combined, these tracks showcase the versatility of both the album and the
Overall, Party You Give is a well oiled machine of an album that is just what the rock and
roll doctor ordered. After spending an hour with this project, The Fabrockators' talent
really began to shine through and I'd definitely recommend them to anyone looking for
great blues-rock music.
If you're a fan of fast cars and slamming beats, then the Fabrockators is right up your alley.
The Fabrockators, comprised of Craig Pavone: vocals, guitar, bass, keyboard and John Wilding: drums, percussion, backing vocals, is Southern Maryland's generous offering to the rock/hard rock circuit. After years of paying in different cover bands in the Maryland, D.C. metro area, the two linked up. It only took a short time of wailing together onstage to realize Pavone's whiskey-induced throaty vocals were far more worthy of crooning his own lyrics. (The lack of titillating cover-scene circuit helped.) The two ditched the uninspired cover scene to embark on their original work. From there, the creative process did its magic and their first album, Party You Give, a playful energetic old-school rock album, complete with power-chords, and thrumming guitar solos, was conceived. The duet's gritty sound fused with Southern-styled rock makes for one delicious rock and roll romp.
Everything about the debut album, Party You Give, is fast. Songs about fast cars, fast women, and fast times delivered by fast hooks, driving beats, huge lyrics, and pounding rhythms. This album will have you toe-tapping, beer muscling, and Camaro driving within the first two tracks.
Party You Give is a full, big noise album that showcases the musical genius of two bright prospects in the rock arena, and would do even the most modest headbanger proud. They are currently working on their second studio album, where several songs have already made the cut. If they come your way, check them out.
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This duo provides rock infused with blues, alt-country, and a bit of funk at times for an eclectically original sound. Musicianship is tight, despite all instruments are utilized by just two performers; point of fact, this reviewer appreciates musicians that can switch between instruments without missing a beat during the recording process.
Lyrically The Fabrockators are diverse in their subject matter; exploration of the world and oneself, cars, emotions, love, emotional baggage, new freedom from an ended relationship. Underlying each song, regardless of lyrical contents, is a tone of wanting to live for the good times in life and live it up during them.
"Don't Bring Me Down"
"Party You Give"
"Lightning, Rain and Thunder"
"Any Kinda Thrill"
"Got My Freedom"
Choice cuts are "Traveling", the title track, and "The Sin".
The Fabrockators get a solid 3 out of 5 for Party You Give.
Roll call: Craig Pavone (vocals, guitar, bass, keyboard) and John Wilding (drums, percussion, backing vocals). For more from The Fabrockators check out www.fabrockators.com.
- Michael Meade