Serial Obsession

Rock

Brooklyn, NY

Artist Bio

SERIAL OBSESSION BIO Obsession: The total and complete domination of one’s thoughts or feelings by a persistent idea, image, desire…or ROCK’N’ROLL New York City’s Total Obsession is a band that would sound right at home had it emanated from the sleazy Sunset Strip of 1990s Hollywood where Guns N’ Roses and Motley Crue first held court. Yet they’re on the other coast, bashing away with their stylistic synthesis of hard rock, glam, grunge, classic rock and metal, all with a punk attitude, all original, and instantly memorable as hell. Their songs stick fast like a tattoo on the brain itself. In an era where new, young, exciting, melodic rock bands have decidedly taken a back seat, Serial ... Read More SERIAL OBSESSION BIO Obsession: The total and complete domination of one’s thoughts or feelings by a persistent idea, image, desire…or ROCK’N’ROLL New York City’s Total Obsession is a band that would sound right at home had it emanated from the sleazy Sunset Strip of 1990s Hollywood where Guns N’ Roses and Motley Crue first held court. Yet they’re on the other coast, bashing away with their stylistic synthesis of hard rock, glam, grunge, classic rock and metal, all with a punk attitude, all original, and instantly memorable as hell. Their songs stick fast like a tattoo on the brain itself. In an era where new, young, exciting, melodic rock bands have decidedly taken a back seat, Serial Obsession dredges up the kind of glory that came with the likes of Cheap Trick, Aerosmith, Velvet Revolver and KISS yet has faded into distant memory. 
 It’s a satisfying kick. Like a punch to the gut, their sound spans the gamut to where the little girls understand…but so do the disaffected baby boomers who have long since relinquished fond memories of ragged rock glory that just doesn’t seem to exist anymore. 
 Until now. 
 Sure, we could point to SO’s Shotgun Opera CD, 37 ferocious minutes of 10 ball-busting tracks with nary a wasted note. Economical, compact, visceral, as good as it is, it’s only the start. They’ve moved beyond its obvious pleasures. 
 Singer Shawn Sugrue has the kind of voice that stops traffic. Emotional, passionate, his pipes are only exceeded by his stage presence. He’s the visual magnet. Bassist Jason Rosin joins with drummer T Motts as the anchor, the tightest rhythm section in town, one that will give your sub-woofer a real work-out. Guitarist Andrew Kadar is under the radar now, but watch out! He’s a six-stringed hero, well-versed in his forebears enough to assimilate the aesthetic of Van Halen/Slash/Page into his own unique captivating style. 
 Speaking of style, once they mount a stage, these boyz ain’t your next-door neighbors. Eschewing the hippie aesthetic of jeans and t-shirts, as drummer T says, “when I walk in the room, you know I’m in the band!” And the show they put on is meant to raise your blood pressure and heart rate. Alternative? Hardly. These are no show-gazing emo wimps, nor are they screamo banshees. There’s some real musicianship at play. 
 Ultimately, words are meaningless, you have to hear them, see them, feel them. They get under your skin. It’s in the almighty riff, the hummable melodies, the professionalism, the stagecraft and the attitude. Their bombast is infectious. Audiences at Irving Plaza, CBGB, BB King’s, The Highline Ballroom and Terminal 5 in Manhattan know. So do crowds in Brooklyn, Ithaca, Syracuse and Connecticut. 
 Heavy riffs. Killer melodies. That tight tight rhythm section that can stop on a dime. A real lead guitar hero. A frontman who you just cannot take your eyes off of. This is sound that satisfies right down to your innards. You can’t help but smile. They hit the sweet spot every time. And they’re on a mission to bring back the kind of rock that rolls with soul and doesn’t mind getting up and in your face so that you’ll be reminded of the heights that this great music of ours—rock’n’roll—can still achieve. 
 They say that there is no obsession like a serial obsession. One listen and you’ll be obsessed. Mike Greenblatt- Rock Journalist