We open up with "Dance With The Devil" and it's clear from the very start that, this self-titled album is a far cry from FFU...gone are the comedic undertones, the songs about moonshine and bending dicks; this is some serious rock. With a mixture of vocal approaches ranging from THE 69 EYES inspired deep baritone to sinister CRADLE OF FILTH inspired whispers, with additional melodic gang vocals, coupled with some genuinely meaty riffs and synth elements...this sounds like a proper band and it's superb.
This is proven further on tracks such as "Red Hot Panic Switch", which gradually builds into a really catchy piece of up-tempo rock, a legit foot-tapper of a track, not to mention album highlight "Empty Vessel"...a deep, riff-fuelled, angst-ridden almost hypnotic piece of brilliance. Bam and co are simply on another level this time round, the writing is better, musically and lyrically...they've taken this project seriously and its evident from start to finish. That's not all there is to this current set up mind you...fuck no...the tender moments are just as good and show not only a diversity in influence but a maturity in the approach to recording this album too. "Icelandic Murder Ballad" featuring GRETA KAREN is a beautifully soothing piece of music with acoustic guitars and flowing string segments, while "Gods Ocean" featuring ALISSA WHITE-GLUZ from ARCH ENEMY, despite expectation, is a wonderfully morose affair that could easily of befit any LACRIMAS PROFUNDERE record.
The cameos don't stop there either, as former HIM sticks-man GAS LIPSTICK lends his drumming to closing track "Love Is Dead" and at seven minutes long, with it's raw, slightly garage-rock vibe it gives off a feeling of realism and vulnerability, a far cry from Bam's famously invincible, boyish and reckless approach to life...and this is why the album shines. With the tracks mentioned, plus other cuts like "9 Lives" and "My Old Mind"...it's clear that the process of writing and recording, venting, channelling his pain...it's been cathartic for him and it's resulted in a very real, very honest album. Musically it's backed by some incredibly talented artists, including CKY guitarist CHAD I GINSBERG, of course there's his brother Jess on drums, there's former HANOI ROCKS guitarist ANDY MCCOY, there's Greta Hotmer from THE MOXY...he's got great support and naturally, it's resulted in a great record. Bam's come a long way, not just making The Evesdroppers, but in life...he's turned over a new leaf and turned all of the pain, anger and frustration into something both positive and encouraging. Thank you Bam and really...well done, we're proud of you.