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“To me there’s elements of Sublime going on here, elements of stoner rock and elements of reggae – a melee of sounds which all work together to result in a sound that is going to wash over you and remind you of just what chilled out music sounds like.”
“Straight out of the garage this is music for the true rocker. Their songs are very reminiscent of the grand old style that marked the end of the 70s. You might call them a super-charged Thin Lizzy. Their music is vibrant and full of energy, something that a LOT of modern bands are lacking in. With a vicious vocal style their singer brings out a sharp Motorhead like edge to some of the songs. Meanwhile the solos are very bluesy and while they could be more explosive they are definitely rock and roll. I'd also like to point out that the guitar harmonies are absolutely fabulous.”
“With funk elements mixed in to a general wash of hard rock this band should please any fan, from the people who worship Zeppelin to those who like more contemporary acts.”
“Iowa bad boys Item 9 & The Mad Hatters have shifted from a sound that was hard to be restrained to a cohesion of great music. And in the process, they have not lost a thing. If anything, they have grown while staying perfectly true to themselves. If you want to follow a band that has a massive future, this is it.”
“The sound is powerful enough to make you feel like you’ve chosen one of the most interesting things around.”
“Their montage of rock is delivered with a vengeance. They storm into your head and there is no lock that can keep them out. Like a domineering guest that insists on taking the party in the direction they want, they’re here to stay. With a slurring distaste for conformity, Old Style explodes with personality and attitude-infused riotous energy. It is evident in their production. Explosive and jam-band like, they are a sound that struggles to be restrained to album.”
“I really didn’t know what to expect from a band called Item 9 & The Mad Hatters but the album on offer here is something pretty cool. Chilled out, funky and unique throughout, this is an album I know I’ll be coming back to time and time again, the sort of record which is going to be played at a party, and the sort of track you know everyone’s going to enjoy.”
“With songs like She Moves Like Rain and Sunshine, these guys are sure to please no matter what style of music you like. They mix a little blues in there… a touch of classic rock. But they call themselves “vintage”. Ever wonder what a vintage band sounds like? Check these guys out… because it makes sense. I can’t explain it, but the music screams vintage.”
“Item 9 and the Mad Hatters’ debut album, Old Style, is definitely a fun one listen to. Mixing a cohesive sound of blues, rock, classic rock, and funk, Old Style is well-produced, with clean vocals, great instrumental work and leaves you wanting to hear more from this band.”
"Item 9 and the Mad Hatters' sound is more psychedelic-rock. Its influences include great classic-rock bands, such as Led Zeppelin, Eric Clapton, and Pink Floyd. The band is known for some of its members to rock out with heavy guitar riffs and danceable melodies."