SM Noise records
German born guitarist Andy Susemihl cut his teeth with German band Accept and
U.D.O. and success led to the supporting of Guns N' Roses on their Appetite for
Destruction tour. Unsurprisingly he knows how to get the best out of his guitars and
now prefers the freedom to play axeman, bluesman or entertainer, on his own terms.
What surprises the listener on fifth album Elevation however, is the top quality vocals
where every word can be heard.
The album has the vibe of LA. It's classic album-orientated, radio-friendly rock with a
melodic vocal. The crisp audio quality is reminiscent of the tunes Paul Gambaccini
played during his eleven year tenure of presenting The Billboard US Top 30 Singles
Chart Show on a Saturday afternoon. He needs remembering for being the BBC's
wheat amongst the chaff of broadcasters.
Elevation takes me back in time to a break from an English Literature essay and
reaching for the badminton racquet (Air guitar was for beginners!), I'd bend the
strings like a pro to Van Halen, Foreigner, Aerosmith,Toto, Journey and Steely Dan.
Susemihl has extracted this DNA of mainstream American rock to write and produce
a satisfying upbeat long player which ends delightfully with his own version of