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We’ll tend to cover some pretty extreme bands for Amplified, but that doesn’t mean I don’t have a soft spot for some catchy rock and roll once in a while. New York’s Thrilldriver have exactly that going on with their debut EP, Sacha. The Van Halen nods throughout this material are plenty, but that is by no means a bad thing. The whole “party” vibe they go for is often a very fine line for hard rock acts, as more often than not it veers into glam nonsense, but Thrilldriver absolutely nails it with some great performances across the board, particularly in the outstanding vocals and lead guitar work. They’re a powerhouse live act as well, as you’ll see in the videos here.
Watch the video for “Vicious” below, with some live footage of “Madeline” for good measure, and stream the rest of Sacha as well!