Album Review
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The Feds - A Touch of Panic

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The Feds - A Touch of Panic
Record Label: Tribunal Records
Release Date: August 7, 2007
This review was written by an AP.net staff member.
Texas' The Feds are literally minutes away from stardom. Their recent release, A Touch of Panic, on North Carolina metal-label Tribunal Records, is a staggering, in-your-face splash of rugged hard-rock. Blending Foo Fighters' aggressiveness with Story of the Year's melody, the quintet has quietly put together a record that begs to be heard by more ears. Pristinely produced by Alex Gerst, A Touch of Panic oozes both major label status and radio airplay. The Feds have the kind of big, hard-hitting rock sound that bands like Finger Eleven and Seether have worn to stardom.

It's not often a disc in this genre grabs me by the throat and gets me to stop and pay attention. The Feds just do that, and in a way that’s so effortless, polished and focused, it’s startling. How this band is so under-the-radar is a mystery. This long-awaited debut comes after the band has spent the past few years putting the Texas music scene into a tailspin. Having previously recorded an album with noted producer GGGarth (Rage Against The Machine, Mudvayne, Chevelle), performed at Warped Tour 2005 and opened up for the likes of Velvet Revolver, Evanesence, Hopesfall, Finch, Chevelle, Sevendust, Bowling For Soup and Hoobastank, the band is no stranger to the big stage. But one hopes that a headlining tour on the big stage is in their future.

Vocalist Matt Slider has big, reaching vocals that scream radio airplay and his backing band of guitarists Jason Jones and Matt Wright boast a guitar prowess that give the songs muscle, tenacity and gravitas. Layered tracks like “Apartment Girl,” and “Bigfoot Goes to Heaven,” meet with the melodic explosiveness of “Saturday Girl,” “Whiskey Sour Kiss” and “From You To Me.”

Though their hard-hitting tendencies get worn down, especially on songs like “Housefire” and “Alive,” they shine in other spots, such as the soaring pop gem “Hollywould.” Armed with a management team that helped vault Incubus into the spotlight, The Feds are clearly on a path for something big and it won’t be too long before the band finds themselves on rock radio.

Recommended if You LikeChevelle, Slick Shoes, Story of the Year

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