Review of “Modern Day Meltdown” by Voice of Addiction

by Erik Oldman

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Voice of Addiction plays a solid blend of melodic punk rock delivered with great intensity and  musicianship. The band’s intrepid social commentary and documentation of political unrest wrapped up with anthemic sing along hooks are certainly refreshing to hear in current days where many bands tend to focus on the more inane and bacchanalian aspects of the punk rock lifestyle.

“Modern Day Meltdown” is the band’s newest release and their fifth in their eight year history. The four-song EP really showcases growth in their songwriting abilities. The band also branches out a bit with with this release, with dramatic tempo shifts and turn on a dime time signature changes driven by Andy Bobby Petty’s solid drumming. Ian Tomele’s vocal delivery has a bit more grit and gravel than on previous releases is reminiscent at times of both Guy Picciotto and baritone of Greg Graffin. The grit adds a signature roughness to the giant sing song choruses throughout all the songs. Kyle Tilev’s guitar work adds a little more of filigree and tasteful riffing to the band’s airtight sound.
“The Same Old Song” showcases VOA’s aforementioned sense of dynamics and is quite an ambitious long-form piece for this trio, clocking in at over 5 minutes.  "Juvenescence" is another roller coaster with probably the best hooks on the album – this one sticks in my head hours after listening to the track. The title track, “Modern Day Meltdown”, kicks in like a classic “Suffer”-era Bad Religion jam with the tight vocal harmonies on top of a blistering rhythms.  Closing out  the EP is “Daley Struggle” a clever homage to Chicago-style politics that also features *gasp* a short but really sweet guitar solo by Kyle.

Check out Voice of Addiction at the Double Door for the release of “Modern Day Meltdown” Thursday August 15th

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