I think what separates greatness from mediocrity is not just a matter of opinion. It’s all about filling the plate by making the whole experience memorable. This is the kind of consistency I found in the music of Joey Smokes. He puts so much detail in his work. ”Don’t FxxK With Me (I Will Find You)(Official w/ Explicit Lyrics) has already zapped more than 60,000 views in just three days! That’s quite a feat.
His style grows in you in a light speed. This is because of the clever hooks and dynamic structure in the music. Between splashes of guitar- driven choruses enters the quieter instrumental parts that convey atmosphere and thoughtful playing. He reminds me of Linkin Park’s Mike Shinoda and actor C. Thomas Howell. His energy as a performer is like a force of nature. He exhibits strong vocals with impressive range.
His other music video ”No Ending” (Our Night) attracted more than 474,000 views already. His songs are rooted in the Hard/ Alternative Metal/ Indie/ Punk category. The lyrics deal with revenge and falling into hard times. I think his appeal lies in his ability to captivate listeners in an audio-visual level. His renditions have that magnetic core drawing listeners into the heart of his sentiments without being too ingratiating. During the last part of the song I’m Not Ready , he punches off that overwhelming vocal catharsis that you don’t really hear these days among other artists.
In this track, his voice has that slight quiver that displays sensitivity in the midst of the raging chorus. A song that really resonates these universal sentiments inside us. Joey Smokes is the real deal. He won’t take bullsh*t so you better not f**k with him!
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