Eric “Drummerboy” Claude – Rise Reloaded – Review

Eric Drummerboy Claude - e.dubbI’d like to thank Eric Drummerboy Claude for providing the “fuel” to my recent musical time travel. I remember the first time I heard the song “Axel F” from Beverly Hills Cop. When I heard that sweet synth driven classic, I knew I needed to sit down and figure out how to play it. Then I had to figure out how to recreate the overall atmosphere of the song. It was so exciting and catchy that it quickly became a favorite song of mine years before I even knew who Axel F was.

Eric Drummerboy Claude (E.Dubb) – Rise Reloaded

Listening to E. Dubb’s “Rise Reloaded” takes me right back to those days of wonder and excitement I found in this type of music as a child. This track has a definite 80’s production style that I love. It actually reminds me of something you would hear during a car chase on Miami Vice. But all the childhood nostalgia aside, “Rise Reloaded” has a lot to offer the listener. E. Dubb, being a drummer from Maidson, WI, does a great job of making the drums sound full and upfront, so the groove is always there. No matter what else is happening musically, the groove never leaves you out on the dance floor alone.

Once the foundation has been laid by the drums, the other instruments take a much more free approach. Wandering bass lines support the guitar riffs that float on top. And although sometimes I feel like I want to hear a melody I can latch onto, I have to let go of my preconceived notions of what I expect from this song to be and just let it ride. I just need to close my eyes and listen to what’s really going.

The biggest thing I hear on this track is raw emotion. You can almost feel the struggle of whoever it is that is trying to rise up. You feel the push and pull of someone trying to overcome their limitations so they can truly live up to the name of this song. Even though we may not find traditional song elements here, we do get to feel the true purpose and energy of the song. That’s something that we miss many times when we get caught up in lyrics or a slick melody.

E. Dubb takes the listener on a pure emotional driven journey. And although I do see some room for improvement here (for example, the track just seems to get cut off at the end), the overall vibe is a funky, groove driven emotional roller coaster that allows us to fully experience what it feels like to Rise Reloaded.

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