We would like to thank our good friend Amanda Schaedler for her article about our new album “Into The Sun” in this months issue of The Bar Fly.
Read the article below.
Testosteroso Explores New Territory With The Release of Their New Record, Into The Sun When bands find a formula that has worked for them in the past they seldom take risks by stretching their limits and trying something new. This is not the case with Testosteroso. Their new album Into the Sun breaks away from the content they have been identified with for years. They are abandoning their safety net and evolving as a band should. “Doing the same thing for too long gets boring and the new songs are more challenging to play,” says Skot Shaub lead singer and guitarist for Testosteroso. Along with Shaub, the band is comprised of Tom Rodriguez on bass, Ryan Sherk on guitar and Tom Wierzbicky on drums. Testosteroso is a band that in its span of twelve years has never failed to push the envelope as far as it can. Their humorous lyrics that some might call sophomoric, but always original and funny, combined with a with a rock/metal style is what audiences expect when they go see a Testosteroso show. They’ve experimented with other kinds of music, straying from their metal edge to create humorous songs like the faux love song Mail Order Bride and the country tune Brown Paper Bag. It’s been five years since their debut record Four Fathers but their sophomore effort, which was released at the end of August, aims to give fans a different flavor of rock n’ roll without changing Testosteroso’s hard edge. Four Fathers was characterized mainly by metal and pop punk with unrelated genres sprinkled in here and there but Into the Sun is much more akin to classic rock. The whole album follows that approach more closely, making it more cohesive as opposed to throwing a mixture of styles into one pot and hoping they stick together. It was written and recorded at the same time so it flows more naturally. The lyrics are more serious this time around, showing Testosteroso’s maturity and growth through the years. However, they have not entirely abandoned their comedic flavor. “It’s still comedic but it’s not over the top silly. It’s a little bit more serious and intricate,” says Shaub. In their last album they used offensive humor in order to shock the listener into paying attention. This time they wrote what came naturally and let the humor that sprung from it be what it is. The album is darker and heavier than the last one but the last track Out of the Sun is an over the top epic song, even topping their hard edged but campy Testosteroso theme song from Four Fathers. It features a vocal monologue, projecting a voice much like a dark war god from a 90s adventure show. “A thousand dead soldiers lay dead on the ground. Alone, the lone warrior stood alone.” Its deliberate redundancy is enough to make anyone laugh out loud. The concerts Testosteroso play have always been about having fun and rocking hard. That is not going to change in their upcoming shows but they are determined to bring their fan base something more than youthful jokes and punk riffs. They have polished their sound and, while all of the work they have done thus far is worth noting, it is obvious they have matured as songwriters and musicians. Expect to hear a heartfelt tribute to classic rock and refined metal. They are making more of an effort to connect with their audience. While they used to use mainly offensive humor, to which some music listeners and concert goers found abrasive and off-putting, they are reaching out by having something to say in the hopes of connecting with people on a different level by making emotion and passion the primary focal point and humor secondary. This will most likely make their music more accessible to the general music community but its substance will not lose the integrity they strive for. Testosteroso has been known for their elaborate music videos characterized by epic Land of the Lost/Power Rangers inspired theatrics, hand made puppets, and grind house cinema. The next batch of videos promises to be a little different while still maintaining a sense of being just plain fun. The video for Frat Boy Frankenstein will be reminiscent of old black and white horror movies, Boris Karloff style. Into the Sun will embrace the amusing charm of science fiction films made in the 1960s featuring spaceships, asteroids, and pretty girls resembling airplane stewardesses of said time period. They experiment with stop motion for the song Counterfeit Bitch in which they use barbie dolls to illustrate the unfortunate product of a superficial society that values women achieving stereotypical attractiveness while sacrificing real human substance. The video for Out of the Sun is an epic heavy metal video not unlike the fan favorite for the Testosteroso theme song but it takes the hard edge mixed with silliness to a higher level. They are using a green screen to purposefully create cheesy graphic effects. It may very well hold a candle to likes of what Tenacious D has done but it does not diverge from the fun originality of true Testosteroso form. If Testosteroso’s fans keep an open mind they may find they like the new refined sound and other music listeners who found them hard to shallow before might be surprised if they give it a second chance. Shaub puts it like this, “I think the new songs are a little bit more interesting. It doesn’t jump around with styles as much. It’s all rock n’ roll but each song is its own kind of rock n’ roll. I hope it will be able to relate to people more.” Testosteroso will be playing at Bube’s Brewery October 31by