For the better part of the last two decades, Custom has been rocking Seattle and beyond with their guitar-driven, genre-fluid Hard Rock sound. Formed in 2002 by guitarist Corey Petro, the band has produced five albums in their tenure. The current lineup includes some big names from Seattle’s current Indie Rock scene. Joining Petro are; David Lyon on vocals, Scott Bickham on guitar, Paul Yarnold on bass and Brian Cochran playing the drums.
“V” is the appropriately titled fifth album from Custom, released worldwide to all major streaming services on September 30, 2021. The ten track record follows their successful 2018 album “Brace for Impact” which garnered radio play worldwide and led to a series of high-profile gigs in support of national acts like Michael Schenker, Pat Travers, Kingdom Come and more. With positive early reaction across the board, “V” is set to take the band even further.
The record opens with the riff-rock groove of “King Alice.” The track is an excellent introduction to the Custom vibe. It’s a Heavy Rock sound that is equal parts 80’s Metal, 90’s Grunge and 2021 Art-Rock. A heartbeat of classic LA-style Metal runs throughout the album, especially on tracks like high octane “Open Road.” However, from that starting point the band draws inspiration from across the decades of Rock & Roll.
Custom trips out on some Cult-style, guitar-driven psychedelia on “Finis Omnium” and then go even deeper into that realm, exploring some experimental and musically adventurous Janes Addiction territory on tracks like “Game On” and “I Sit Alone.” They serve up some Journey-style melodic Hard Rock on “Do it Again” and then shift gears for 90’s Punk groove on “He Should Be Dead.”
Custom’s “V” is a great listen for any fan of expertly executed, high-energy, guitar-driven Rock & Roll. The band is killer throughout, without missing a step as they transition through the many moods of the record. Listen to the album in its entirety below, or cue it up on your favorite streaming service. You can also hear the track “Open Road” on the Deep Indie Dive playlist. Follow the links below to get on their socials and connect with the band.