Gridlock: And You Are?
By Alistair Wickens
Whangarei five-piece Gridlock used to be a covers band called Something Stupid but have made the transition to writing their own songs, like a caterpillar emerging from its chrysalis to become a rocking butterfly. This debut album starts strong but I soon got the feeling that something was lacking. It took me a while to pick it, but it sounds as though Gridlock are covering their own songs. And that's the reason I don't like covers bands right there. No matter how good they are musically, it always sounds as though the 'soul' of the music is missing. That said, Gridlock do write decent songs, but after 10 years of covering other peoples' music it seems they haven't quite adjusted to owning their own. It is tempting to play 'pick the influence' but that would sound overly critical. I did actually enjoy the album, and it wouldn't surprise me one iota to hear Gridlock getting some serious rotation on radio real soon.