F.T.W. Boogie Machine was founded in the late 2010, and it plays raw and drunken rock'n'roll. This CD compiles the band's two EPs and a third studio-session, but all the material is remastered to make it function better as an actual album as well. Some of the musicians play in rather well known Finnish bands such as Barathrum, Gloomy Grim and Soulgrind, so the musicianship is on a good level here.
Since all the music was recorded live in the studio and the song topics revolve around motorbikes, women and alcohol, you might have a fairly accurate idea of the band's music way before hearing the first note being played. Sturdy bass-lines accompany the guitars with a crunchy and raw distortion, with songs' tempos mainly encircling above the mid-level. The vocals are loud and hoarse shouts that are certainly more about the drunken gut feeling than musical capability, and the steady but skilled drums deliver some bass drum blast-bits here and there to give the music a metallic edge and a bit more personality.
The band's main agenda is executing primitive rock, but the songs have distinctive features from country, rockabilly and groove metal, and of course there's the mandatory super-cheesy and sleazy "ballad" included as well. This is both a good and a bad thing, as although the songs are easily distinctive from each other and the album has a lot of variation that stays loyal to the band's concept (if such a thing can be said to exist here), these sides don't fully support each other. The barest mid-tempo rock-piece sounds really simplistic and dragging after a faster and groovier song or one with some country-instrumentation. At times these differences highlight the songs' qualities in a flattering manner, but way too often the situation is just the opposite.
As this is a compilation, the soundscape varies a bit despite the re-mastering. The guitars drop their harshest distortion after a few songs and the bass becomes a bit weaker, but all the edge that is lost in this process doesn't really matter since it also creates a better balance between the instruments. The songs are indeed from three different studio-sessions which makes the album's flow seem a bit clumsy at times, and it disturbs the songs' capabilities of supporting each other. The whole listening experience feels a bit too disjointed and long in the end. So, I'd like to hear a more unified effort from the band as they'd certainly have the needed musicianship and composing skills to create a head-ripping blast of rock'n'roll if they set their minds to it. I'm not quite sure if the band's sober or serious enough for that to ever happen, but hey, who knows.
It must be stressed that this is an album to listen while enjoying the rising intoxication, and I'm fairly certain that then these negative aspects get overrun by the smell of gasoline and loud guitar shredding. It's also a factor you should note when deciding on whether to buy the album or not.
The songs are great rock in their best moments, but barely mediocre in their most stagnant ones. The gap between these two remains too wide for me to enjoy this album fully, despite all its good sides.