'Under The Influence' the second single from Oxfordshire five piece Outraze is a prime example of how one great bit of guitar work can make a song.
Outraze's competent, straightforward rock would be good but not nothing exceptional, if it wasn't for the killer combination of slide guitar and intricate guitar-picking that winds through the verses. Not only does it serve as a dark undercurrent, but the long, slide guitar notes seem to be driving 'Under The Influence' towards some dramatic climax. A pre-chorus blast of spine-tingling "ahhhhhh" backing vocals plays into the sense that the song's about to break.
The chorus, when it comes, does a fair job of living up to the hype, with waves of riffs and backing vocals breaking over one another. However, Outraze do miss a trick by not going all out and fitting the chorus with emotionally-charged lyrics. After all, frontman Andy White's plea of "don't lose your love in confusion / don't waste it" repeated over and over, is hardly going to capture the listener. However, musically the chorus is strong enough to survive the passable lyrics.
'Under The Influence' boasts a chorus of sweeping, breathless rock, and verses of black-hearted riffs that'll send shivers down the spine. This is the sort of single that'll make you want to keep an eye out for the full-length.