Album Review: Electric Mob – 2 Make U Cry & Dance

4/5

Often hailed as the new face of rock, Electric Mob formed in 2016 by Renan Zonta (vocals), Ben Hur Auwarter (guitar), Yuri Elero (bass), and André Leister (drums). The band released their first EP after Zonta participated in a Brazilian singing competition. This eventually led to the band signing with Frontiers Music for a multi-record deal, releasing their first full-length record Discharge in 2020. Their single “Devil You Know” thrust them into the limelight, earning the band nearly three million streams on Spotify and a spot on the Billboard charts. 

These Brazilian rockers are perhaps most well-known for their genre-bending sound. Zonta has one of those timeless voices that could fit in with any decade of rock music. The music itself is just as eclectic with its marriage of mean guitar riffs from the ’80’s and heavy early 2000’s sound. Their newest album, 2 Make U Cry & Dance, out January 27 via Frontiers Music, is no exception. In fact, the band take things a step further, as they dovetail elements from metal, classic rock, and hardcore seamlessly. 

The album opens with the first single “Sun Is Falling,” which depicts Zonta’s impressive vocal range as he effortlessly tackles thrilling high notes amidst the merciless driving beat. Perhaps the strongest of their singles is “By The Name (nanana),” with its electrifying vocals, big rock hooks, bright and snappy snare blast beats, and an overall raucous energy. The outro of the song is an exercise of masterful control over vocals on Zonta’s part.

“4 letters” diverges from the pace of the album. Beginning with an acoustic intro, listeners quickly realize that the beginning is just a fake out before it builds into a rock tempo. Interestingly enough, the acoustic guitar never quite disappears. In a way, it’s the heartbeat of the song, subtly driving the tempo in the background. The highlight of the album, “Saddest Funk Ever,” begins with a slap bass intro that rivals anything that Flea (Red Hot Chili Peppers) has ever produced. The song also channels elements of metal during the bridge as the guitar descends into a solo rife with distorted riffs. The final twenty seconds of the song dives into a pounding key change, delivering a sonic punch right to your face. 

With “Thy Kingdom Come,” we see another acoustic intro, but this time, it’s interrupted by a roaring primal scream from Zonta, breaking into the song with a powerful crescendo. The song races along at break-neck speed until it reaches a Rage Against the Machine-esque breakdown, which could very possibly be a direct reference to the band as the chorus contains lyrics like “This machine won’t stop…” The album’s final single “Love Cage” sees the band blend elements of classic rock and hardcore as the song culminates in a bridge that is equal parts primeval and melodic with its bellowing vocals and monster ballads. 

For a sophomore record, 2 Make U Cry & Dance shows a great maturity and progression of musicianship from their firs—already skillful—record. Electric Mob is proof that rock isn’t dead, but rather reinvented with a unique twist, while still maintaining the core elements of the genre. 2 Make U Cry & Dance is an album with plenty of personality that will surely garner the band some attention and recognition. 

The band can be followed on Instagram here. 

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