What happens when Motley Crue and Def Leppard come together to have a baby?
You get De La Cruz!
'Street Level' definitely has a modern hard rock feel to it with a touch of glam to keep ones ears pretty leveled. The guitars really shine on this album titled track.
'Girls Go Wild' has a larger than life sound to it and is the ultimate Motley Crue influenced laced song of all.
'Turn It Up' actually reminded me of Wingers heavier material a little but with a modern take. Definitely a party anthem for all to jam out to with no shame.
'Legions Of Love' sounds like it could have been on Def Leppards Adrenalize album as a rough cut or demo easily. Like the previous track I thought I could still hear a little Winger from time to time.
'Gimme Love' is probably my favorite of all off this album. I feel it showcases the bands Def Leppard influence big time. With those Joe Elliott like lead vocals and thick yet rich backing vocals I'm sure my fellow Leppard fans will rejoice. Casey Jones nails their sound not just as the guitar player on this one but the producer.
'Cherry Bomb' is probably the only song on Street Level that I can say sounds like the stuff coming out of today's hard rock scene. Its the most modern sounding of all tracks but there is still hints of glam to be found.
'Dreaming' is about being in love with someone but they end up moving away and your left just wondering what could have been. It has a Phil Collen guitar solo approach that honestly echos the emotion one feels going through the situation.
'Invincible' begins with a Steve Clark like guitar intro which kinda got me in my feels for a moment. This is another song that has Leppard influence.
'Worlds Collide' screams glam with its soaring guitar work and vocals to match while 'S.E.X.' I think is pretty self explanatory.
'Set The Night' captures what I felt was the 2nd wave of the late 80's glam rock essence.
'Shine' is a slow acoustic piece that I didn't care much for but none the less I thought was a good effort by the band to show they could go there.
Street Level was the debut full length album of this 5 piece awesome glam and hard rock band. Sadly just after the release of this record they decided to call it quits. Many of the members cited disillusion being what led up to the bands split while another claimed personal reasons.
Despite things the guys left us with a decent slab of music to enjoy.
When the bands guitarist, Stephen Carpenter was 15 years old, he was hit by a car while skateboarding. Confined to a wheelchair for several months, he began teaching himself guitar by playing along to bands such as Anthrax, Stormtroopers of Death, and Metallica. Supposedly, the driver paid Carpenter a cash settlement that allowed the band to purchase equipment, but Cunningham commented in an interview that was all just "a myth about how our band was started.