The Lille rock band releases (or rather, balances!) its fourth record: “Four Wheel Overdrive”. And to say the least, it’s moving! Recorded, mixed and mastered by Olivier T’Servrancx on the label Antitune Records, the six tracks of “rock’n’roll supersonic” are very fluid, in a coherent set of rock’n’roll mixed with punk sprinkled with stoner, all quite energetic, although not enough to my liking. The titles continue without allowing time for my ears to rest.

The opus opens with the eponymous title. 1 minute 15 of amuse-bouche, since the title, without vocal part, sets the tone of what will follow: a determined and precise music. I can’t wait to find out what’s next!

Follow Question Mark, a very catchy title that immediately makes you want to move. The vocal parts, very soft, move away from the codes of punk to marry a rock no more traditional roll. At this point in my listening, I think, “why not?”. The structure of the song is surprising, even unexpected, but no part stands out from the others, which gives the end a nice title, without any more.

Pop arrives a little further. Am I listening to Rage Against The Machine? The intro starts super well. Then comes the voice. And here is the disaster. The whole atmosphere of the song falls. And it will never come back. What I originally thought was an original feature that would upset a punk style too “seen and reviewed” turns out to have the counter-productive effect of breaking the energy of the songs. This can be seen positively, as a bold approach to style, but this is not my opinion. Perhaps this is the weak point of Poncharello.

Give It Back smells like the Sum 41 at their debut. No luck, I don’t like Sum 41 at all. A merit however: it is a softer title to bring towards the end of the opus, which I hope will be as good and energetic as its beginning …

Disappointment with Master, title that lets us imagine a punk title claimant. We started on a strange mix of stoner and Ghost (especially on the chorus).


A half-tinged listening

Poncharello’s compositions are not very complex, but overall everything works, between energy and aggressiveness. To make it simple, Poncharello uses the recipes of punk by adapting them to their sauce to make it something original, with its own identity. The very clean production (for punk!) goes perfectly with the style of the band. My disappointment comes more from the song and the “inabouti” aspect of this record.

In summary, “Four Wheel Overdrive” is a record that starts much better than it ends. I would have liked more nervousness for a band that calls its music “rock n’roll supersonic”. The record is finally quite confusing (in the positive sense of the term), since we oscillate between the Sum 41 and the Tagada Jones (if we really had to make a comparison).

In 15 years of existence, the band has shared the boards with Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, Fatso Jetson, Peter Pan Speedrock, The Bronx, Burning Heads, Parabellum, Les Wampas, or Mademoiselle K. A nice CV, so!

Poncharello is clean and dirty rock at the same time. It is still a good discovery, but I came out of listening to this fourth album with a taste of too little.

“Four wheel overdrive” can be heard here!

Valentine Cordier


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