Bradley Jendza and Mike Elgert (whose Days Gone By release made our \"Best of 2006\" list) absolutely astound here with Rendezvous, an album jam-packed with pop/rock goodness. Rendezvous is a blast to listen to as it’s loaded with great songs of varied styles, all wonderfully executed and expertly performed and arranged. Check out the disco-flavored title track, the Queen meets Jellyfish-like sweetness of \"No Good Rotten\" and the riff-heavy 70\'s guitar rock of \"Milkshake\". Prepare to be knocked out by this one! Featured Tracks: \"Milkshake\", \"Rendezvous\", \"No Good Rotten\" -
Class Three Overbite ... now that sounds rather unpleasant from an orthodontic point of view. As far as a band name though, I must give these guys bonus points for originality. I’m always a fan of bands that take the time to create truly unique (and sometimes rather odd) names. Of course, one can’t judge a band by its name alone, so how does a group that claims to sound like a mish-mash of Queen, Jellyfish, the Beatles, and Kiss handle themselves? Quite well, actually.
Being a hopelessly devoted fan of those influences myself, I can hear a lot of Queen and the Beatles within Michael Elgert and Bradley Jendza’s songs. While the title track features a vocal styling paying tribute to the incomparable Freddie Mercury, the rest of the singing reminded me a great deal of Brian May in his Queen album tracks or solo outings. This is, of course, far from a bad thing. There’s a sweet feel to Elgert and Jendza’s vocals that really make the album shine. That’s not to take anything away from the music itself of course. Songs such as “Life is a Piece of Cake” and “Milkshake” take a cue from the very melodic guitar sound Brain May pioneered. Not to mention any Beatles fan will find a lot to love in “No Good Rotten” and “Eager.”
Now one thing must be made clear: while featuring a great deal of influence, Class Three Overbite is in no way a Queen or Beatles rip-off. If anything, they learned extremely well from their heroes and became a band all their own. The fact is there’s a lot of variety to find on Rendezvous. The title track offers upbeat disco-rock flair, while a song like “Do It” has a slight funk feel to it. “My Funeral\"\'s acoustic, bouncy sound not only does well to round out the nearing conclusion but also becomes one of the catchiest songs on the entire album. I do warn you; expect to find yourself humming the chorus later. Simply put: Class Three Overbite has range, and they’re not afraid to show it.
Other reviewers have cited “No Good Rotten” as the stand-out track. I won’t deny that it’s a wonderful song. I’d even go as far as saying it has some of the best lyrics on the entire album. There’s going to be a lot of people out there who will relate to lines such as “Unforgiving, no good rotten lover, you seem sad but I’m so glad it’s over.” However, my nod has to go to “Milkshake,” which is classic glam-rock to the core with the riffs to prove it. The song does exactly what an opening track should do: it grabs your attention, pulls you in, and doesn’t let you go. Not only is there enough infectious guitar work, but the lyrics feature the kind of rock and roll swagger you can’t help but love:
Take a sip of my Milkshake honey,
Take a drink of my wine,
I can make you so wealthy baby,
I can show you a good time.
Take a sip of my Milkshake honey,
Take a drink of my wine,
I can touch all your naughty places,
I can show you a good time ...
Charismatic lyrics such as these make rock and roll just plain fun and exciting. They allow Class Three Overbite to show yet another side of themselves to go along with the lighthearted, chord striking, and even a little comical styles that make up the rest of the album. All of this blends together so well to form an all around solid Indie album that I’m sure no Pop-rock fan would want to miss.
Also be glad I went the entire review without making a “Be sure to make a rendezvous with this album” crack ....... aww nuts. - Thomas Szewc - indie-music.com
\"Every now & then, Rock \'N\' Roll will grace us with it\'s cool cousin who happens to love Bubblegum & Glam, but with some class! Class Three Overbite sites influence from Jellyfish, Queen, The Sweet, Paul Stanley & The Beatles. With songs written & performed by Mike Elgert & Brad Jendza, they achive exactly what they love. Songs like \"Life Is A Piece of Cake\", \"Love Stains\" & \"What\'s So Funny\" capture the true element of their dreamy rock style, complete with fully harmonized vocals and lot\'s of guitars! Recommended for fans of Jason Falkner, Big Star, Roger Manning & Imperial Drag. Take a listen at:
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If you\'re old enough, just close your eyes and picture the scene in your head: you\'re sitting on the floor of a wood-paneled basement with wall-to-wall carpet and you\'ve wearing a pair of headphones listening to the latest rock LP you bought from the local record store for $4.99. The year is 1976. Now open them. You\'re sitting in front of a computer listening to mp3s and the year is 2007. Either way, it works for Class Three Overbite\'s Rendezvous, a gem of a disc that will appeal to rockers young and old.
Class Three Overbite is the brainchild of Mike Elgert and Bradley Jendza. Elgert should be familiar to power pop fans and readers of this site; his Days Gone By placed a cool #59 on last year\'s Absolute Powerpop Top 100. But whereas Days Gone By was more straightforward Jellyfish/Superdrag-inspired power pop, Rendezvous is more in debt to 70s glam and \"corporate rock\". The opener \"Milkshake\" sounds like one of Tommy Shaw\'s Styx tracks; The title track, with almost a danceable disco beat, reminds me of none other than Kiss\'s \"I Was Made For Loving You\", their stab at disco-rock. \"No Good Rotten\" is my favorite track on the album, with a heavy Queen influence - but more the Queen of Brian May than Freddie Mercury, and \"Life Is a Piece of Cake\" is cut from the same cloth. And \"What\'s So Funny\" is probably the album\'s quintessential track, trading folky verses with a glam-rocking chorus. -