Independent Idols’ ferocious and multi-dimensional hard rock brings to mind a number of prominent artists within the genre such as Theory of a Dead Man, and A Perfect Circle to name a few. The band’s radio-friendly, versatile stylings feature strong melodies with big hooks, crisp vocals, striking guitar riffs paired with forceful drums and thick bass lines, woven into a familiar and crunchy power pop tapestry. Theatric front man Ryan Charles’ vocals soar prominently over sizzling guitar provided by Bryan Arzaga, chewy bass from Dan Morrissey, and cannon shot drum beats from Tony Myers.
Independent Idols’ combustible live shows are where one best experiences their raucous, rock-and-roll theatrics, where scattered among the band’s power pop original gems are a variety of grunge-fueled covers, such as a rock version of Cee-lo Green’s “Crazy,” and a startling version of Lionel Richie’s “Hello” worthy of Marilyn Manson. The Idols’ cover list is deep and varied, featuring reinterpreted versions of a variety of artists from Gary Wright’s “My Love is Alive,” to Snoop Dogg’s “Gin and Juice.” [+]