Waltham Permission To Build Indie
· Produced By: Waltham

· Running Time: 49.05

· Release Date: Out Now

· Released: US

· Musical Style: Melodic Rock / Nu-Breed

· Links: Waltham
Songs: 98%
Sound: 94%
It's not to often that an album comes totally out of the blue and knocks me on my ass. Normally an album is expected or anticipated, but having only just been made aware of Waltham, I had no idea what was coming.
But one listen to these guys ensures they won't be forgotten! Yes, this is essentially a melodic modern rock (or nu-breed) style release, but don't let the tag fool you. You should not allow prior convictions bias you against checking these guys out. This is as melodic as it comes - in any form of music.
Waltham have so much to offer and have so much energy and enthusiasm, it's simply impossible not to get caught up in their utterly infectious grooves.
These guys have a modern approach to melodic rock, but in all seriousness, they are not that far removed from the classic 80's melodic rock so many of us love and crave.
For a band to claim Rick Springfield as a major influence can't be a bad thing. What I love about this album is the fact they really do claim a right to be compared to Rick. So many try, but fall well short. But Waltham to me sound close to what Rick might sound like had he been a 25 year old starting out in the business in 2003.
The whole album has this intense wall of guitars that bands like SR-71 and Marvelous 3 have nailed, yet moves beyond these guys with far catchier tunes and a real sense for pop melodies.
Permission To Build has a real Rick Springfield Working Class Dog vibe to it – which in reality is one of the great pop rock albums of all time.
Instead of the standard intro, verse, chorus arrangement, there are hooks inside guitar riffs, melodies inside vocal lines and a real sense of adventurous song writing.
Take Back To You for example. The chorus doesn't appear until more than 2 minutes into the song, yet we have already had 2 verses and a separate bridge. It makes life interesting, that's for sure.
Naturally, everything is seriously modernized, making this quite simply one of the best modern releases I have ever heard. Rarely have I heard such a consistently catchy collection of songs on one album.
Some modern rock acts struggle to change style or tempo, but every track here is different than the last and equally as rewarding.
The opening track So Lonely is one of the best feel good pop rock tracks I have heard in years. Utterly addictive and seriously melodic thanks to some brilliant guitar playing and well placed harmony vocals. All I Want is more urgent and has a faster tempo, more akin to the current SR-71 album, but features a huge anthem chorus and several more layers of guitars.
Cheryl just keeps things flowing with more pounding drums and a wall of guitars, with a very strong bridge / chorus arrangement.
Don't Say It's Too Late is pure power pop, while Hopeless is another instantly catchy gem with a modern production.
Laura is another pure genius track that matches the vibe of Working Class Dog especially closely.
The only ballad of the album is Say It Again, which is a heavy sentimental rock ballad.
The singer sounds as close to Rick Springfield as I have ever heard. Truly a great voice, which a number of bands these days are missing. I just hope some classic Rick fans will feel like checking this out. Much like Rick, these guys have a penchant for naming songs after girl's names!
The pounding rhythm section reminds me of the last Harem Scarem album Weight Of The World, which also featured classic melodic hooks to the beat of a modern production.
Waltham's drummer manages to pound the skins in much the same style, with several songs allowing for extra fills.
The Bottom Line
There is no weak link here. Quite simply, it is brilliant. The wall of guitars; the pounding rhythm section; the excellent harmonies and one hell of a lead singer. No Steve Perry as far as range, but nor is Rick Springfield.
Move over SR-71 and Butch Walker, a new band has stolen your mantle as the new kings of nu-breed.
These guys have completely done my head in with this album of amazingly catchy, uptempo, heavy power pop. If you have been looking for something different - check these guys out. If this doesn't get you into nu-breed, then nothing ever will.
Discography / Previously Reviewed
· Permission To Build

Line Up
Not Listed
Essential for fans of:
· SR-71 - Now You See Inside
· Harem Scarem - Weight Of The World
· Rick Springfield - Working Class Dog
· Marvelous 3
Track Listing
· So Lonely*
· All I Want Is You*
· Cheryl
· Don't Say It's Too Late*
· Hopeless*
· Back To You*
· Hook Me Up
· Maria Simeone
· Nicole
· Laura
· Say It Again
· Feelin' It
--*Best Tracks

11/06/04: David Ayotte -
Rating: 95
From start to finish this disc keeps me singing along. Hands down the best nu-breed disc of 2003. Can't wait for a second release. Rick Springfield would be proud to hear this one. Simply awesome!

22/11/03: Britni Taiste -
Rating: 99
Absolutely incredible CD. Full of great riffs, hooks, catchy choruses and lots of "whoas" and "yeahs". a very fun, upbeat rock n; roll record. Not to mention I have seen these guys live a few times and they sound just as tight and put on a really great show with, get this - lots of hot chicks having a great time. Imagine that...cute girls and a great rock show. But I digress....get this CD you will not be disappointed. Easily in the top 5 of the year.

24/10/03: ANDY COATES -
Rating: 95

24/09/03: Geoff -
Rating: 91
This album is just f*cking cool. That's what I like to call it. You can shove it on, listen to every song a just love it. Absolutely nothing at all to complain about here. There's no sense in my going through each song because I think they're all great and I'm not about to skip anything here. 'All I want is you' is possibly my favourite track and just makes me want to move when I hear it.

And that's basically all I have to say. One excellent track after another, the album is just great modern flavoured melodic rock and for fans of anyone like Butch, SR-71, Cauterize and the Donots. Great stuff!!!

25/08/03: Marc Vanway -
Rating: 65
I totally disagree with everyone 's opinion. It's an ok cd, but never in the same league as Butch Walker or SR71.But is the nu-breed band that approach the most on it's sound to the 80's sound ala def leppard, so I can understand why everyone talks about this band.

22/08/03: Andy Hawes -
Rating: 95
Believe the hype! I was a wee bit sceptical, having heard the hype about 40foot Ringo and not being 100% sure of their CD, but this is really great! There are a few Springfieldisms in there...(chuggy guitars like the intro to Jessies Girl, etc.) Overall, just massive songs. Very powerful, great melodies, cool guitar work and no obvious signs of stupid 'modern' effects like turntables/loops, etc. My fave track on first few hearings is actually 'Cheryl' with its MONSTER hookline, but all the others quoted in other reviews are equally cool. Even if you don't normally touch Nu-Breed, buy this, cos along with the latest from Vonray (review on main site coming soon, apparently) we may just have two CDs of the year-fresh, invigorating, and just damn cool melodic rock music!!!!

22/08/03: José Viruete -
Rating: 95
AMAZING! One of the best albums of the year. Super-catchy songs and a blend of classic and modern melodic rock. Buy or die!

22/08/03: Laura -
Rating: 95
This is one I read about here on MR. So I took a chance, being an SR-71 fan and also a Rick Springfield fan from the 80s. I am impressed with this indy release...They should be on a major label! Nothing but in-your-face nu-rock...except "Say It Again"...just a bit weak...Can't wait for more matterial from these guys! LS

17/08/03: Tpot -
Rating: 99
Just buy this cd. Its that good!! This is one of those cd's you can play from start to finish and not hit the FF button once! Destined to be a melodic classic masterpiece! Massive hooks, Massive harmony, massive melody. Its perfection!

02/08/03: Henrik Sjogren -
Rating: 97
These guys are totally amazing! Every song has great vocals and solid guitar riffs.
This new band will definitely go a long way if they keep producing this kind of music! this cd is awesome.
If you're looking for something new to listen to, with amazing vocals and outstanding songwriting, put this album in your shopping cart today! and you'll be wonderfully surprised.
Waltham is nu-breed at its best.

01/08/03: Bill McCormick -
Rating: 100
This is quite simply one of the best of the "nu-breed". I bought this album shortly after reading about the band here and I was definitely not disappointed. Great songs that are all catchy as hell and no depressing crap. If you haven't bought it yet go to the band website and get it. Only $12.00 including shipping. An excellent album and well worth the money.

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