Zolof The Rock And Roll Destroyer
"Schematics"

(Flight Plan Records 2007)Zolof The Rock And Roll Destroyer - Schematics

We need to get one thing straight right from the beginning. Philly band Zolof The Rock & Roll Destroyer are pop. Bright and unadulterated, Zolof are pop from their soaring melodies to their energetic style. And Zolof are happy with that. Smartly, the band never tries to be anything other than what it is on their third album, "Schematics." It is a choice that makes the band much easier to digest and once you accept this '80s influenced pop rock sound, "Schematics" just may graduate into the guilty pleasures category.

Guitar riffs blend with keyboards for a larger than life sound on "I'm a Rock & Roll Mess" as singer Rachel Minton practically sneers that she "can't stop, karate chops/Smash your head on the punk rock." Elsewhere, Minton sings, "let's hold hands and listen to shitty bands" as "Death or Radio" soars up, down and all over. Although Zolof spend most of the album bouncing on the balls of their feet to twinkling keyboard melodies, they do have a relatively tougher sound from time to time, such as the gritty guitars and rougher vocals on "I Did It."

Zolof's "Schematics" is bright and fun. They never deliver the kind of hooks that will be rattling around in your head later on, and perhaps they should have. Zolof believe firmly in what they are doing, and it shows in their earnest delivery. Without the passion that they show, the album could otherwise have been considered just OK and a little too repetitive in parts. As it is, Zolof make "Schematics" a pleasant ride that will have you tapping your toes.

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