Before heavy metal, thrash, speed metal, black metal, glam metal and nu-metal, their hard-rock precursor blasted from arenas worldwide. Simple straightforward songs about sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll (and the occasional power ballad) from the likes of AC/DC, Thin Lizzy, Deep Purple, Kiss, Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, Rainbow and others ruled the charts during the 70’s and part of the 80’s; and some of the band members sported spandex jumpsuits (that late ‘70s rock wardrobe staple). But unlike these bands, the Biters are cocked and ready to go. Until now the Biters have been under the mainstream radar and you needed advanced detection equipment from NASA to find them. Their newly released album, “Electric Blood” on Earache Records is sure to put an end to that.
Perhaps it’s because Biters could possibly be acknowledged now as a pivotal influence on many of the new rock bands emerging from America and Britain… ie The Struts. They aren’t as heavy as Led Zeppelin or as radio-friendly as Cheap Trick or Def Leppard. They don’t have gimmicks like Kiss; their lyrics aren’t as simple and in-your face as AC/DC’s. To say they are somewhere in the middle gives the connotation that they are just mediocre; which is definitely selling them way too short !This band is the badly needed “bitch-slap” that rock and roll has needed here in the States! Kind of like what Ike did to Tina and Chris Brown did to Rhianna!(Did I just say that?)
We saw the world take notice when Guns and Roses, Nirvana and Metallica were electrifying rock fans but the state of the union is in a “code blue” state with rap, hip-hop and EDM eating the brains of our youth. Biters are from Atlanta, which they refer to as “Hate City”.This Southern metropolis doesn’t have the rock home image as L.A. or New York but in all candor rock and roll finds them wherever they play. Chris crossing America as they say in their song, “Hang Around”… “We’re going to waste this town and burn it to the ground”.. no city is left unsettled by their musical pillaging. But this is why Biters are so fucking great!
These four rebel rockers are doing what manifest destiny has asked from them and from that they’ve acquired a legion of fans that follow them from town to town. Biters are in close touch with their people and they showoff tattoos in collaboration with the band. If a picture is worth a thousand words than a tattoo is limitless. Most noted is the three eyed tiger. Fans wear this as a badge of honor.
Reviewers seem to be all over the road when writing about the band… they sound like this and they sound like that… Again missing the essence.. Biters have swagger and they know how to swing. They are bringing the days of halcyon back to rock and roll. They certainly aren’t shrinking violets by any means. Perhaps their macho bragging (de rigueur for the time) will prove us right. Their recent gig in Los Angeles proves they are contenders but moreover there will be no stage too big to electrify audiences. Opening with tracks from “Electric Blood” they never let up.
When the Biters show up to your town don’t be jerks.. go see them and hide your kids. Take the chance while you still have the choice…
We wanted to thank Tuk for his positive vibe and rallying the cavalcade of rock and rollers.