Cold Truth – ‘Do Whatcha Do’
Kurt Menck – guitar
Thane Shearon – lead vocals/guitar
Abe White – bass
Matt Green - drums
1) “Cold As Hell” –This track opens with two small overdubbed rhythm guitar effects before going into the main intro section. The rhythm guitar of the main intro had a very laid back simple feel to it. There was a minor lead guitar solo over the top of the main musical intro. The bass line of the intro followed along with the rhythm guitar riff. The band used the same rhythm for the musical verse as the intro. There is a small musical rest connecting the intro with the verse. Thane’s lead vocals accents had a heavy early Ronnie Van Zant feel to them. There is a small rhythm guitar change for the musical pre-chorus. There is a minor lead guitar solo connecting the chorus with the verse. After the second chorus there is a tom-tom breakdown section that leads intro the major lead guitar solo.
2.) “Diesel” – The rhythm guitar riff of this intro was so heavily influenced by Luke Morley of the U.K. band Thunder that if I did know any better I would swear it was Luke playing it. The guys use the same guitar riff of the intro as the musical verse. For the drum line through the intro and first half of the musical verse is basically just the hi-hat keeping time. About halfway through the verse Matt kicks the drum line-in. There is a little rhythm/lead lick that connects the musical verse with the musical chorus. There is a small rhythm guitar change for the musical chorus. There is a small lead lick connecting the first chorus with the second verse. There is a small lead guitar lick connecting the second verse with the second chorus. There is a breakdown section connecting the second chorus with the third. Underneath the fourth chorus and outro there is a small minor lead guitar solo.
3.) “If That Ain’t Enough” – This track opens with two very simple guitar riffs underneath a very subtle vocal accent before the main intro kicks-in. The main intro had a very classic rock influence to it. The band used the same guitar riff for the musical verse as the one for the intro. Matt opens the last note of each hi-hat lick at the end of each measure. There is really no musical distinction between the verse & chorus. Nancy Roark helps the band on backing vocals for the chorus. For the musical chorus Matt goes into a full blown hi-hat opening and closing rhythm. There is a minor lead guitar solo underneath the vocal lines of the second musical verse. This minor solo turns into the lead guitar solo. Which actually was a slide guitar solo played by Ed King. The next chorus was arranged as a breakdown. There is a minor lead guitar solo over the top of the outro section.
4.) “Gimme Some” – The intro to this track consisted of two different rhythm guitar riffs. The lyrical and musical verse had a very early seventies Bad Company feel to it. At times underneath the vocal lines there are two different rhythm riffs. The chorus musically and lyrically was pure 70’s classic rock! There is a lead guitar solo after the second chorus. For the third chorus the band arranged it as a breakdown section.
5.) “Set Me Free” – It may just be the title. However, the snare pattern and rhythm guitar riff that opens this intro had an almost The Sweet sound. As this section progresses it builds with intensity. After a couple of measures the main intro kicks-in with a vocal accent. The main intro was heavily influenced by Bad Company. There is a small rhythm change for the musical verse. Boy, if I thought the main intro reminded me of Bad Company that’s nothing to the verse! The last lyric line of the verse was double tracked. The band slows the musical chorus down this gives the chorus a very nice hook. There is a minor lead guitar lick connecting the first verse with the next chorus. The breakdown section that leads into the main guitar solo was actually the third chorus. There is a minor solo underneath the next minor chorus.
6.) “Peace With Me” – All one can say about this track is there is not much difference between this song and every ballad Bad Company ever wrote!!!
7.) “Shakedown” – Much in the same vain as the rest of the songs on the release however this song was probably the one on the CD that was the best written!!!!
8.) “Together” –The first half of the intro consisted of a small drum & bass line. The rhythm guitar of the last half of the intro and opening first verse was mainly just chords. At times it sounded like both Kurt & Thane where playing the same rhythm. For the pre-chorus Kurt changes his rhythm. The chorus vocally and musically had a very classic Bad Company sound to it. There is a small tom-tom build-up after the third chorus that connects the chorus to the solo section. There is a second twin lead guitar solo over the top of the outro section.
9.) “This Time” –The intro of this track consisted of two different rhythm guitar riffs. The main intro consisted of one of the meanest riffs for this style of music I believe I’ve ever heard…so turn it up!!!! Over the top of the main intro arrangement there is a minor lead guitar solo. Kurt uses the same rhythm riff for the musical verse as the main intro. Which was fine with me! Kurt does not change the rhythm riff until the pre-chorus. There is a very minor lead guitar solo connecting the first chorus with the second verse. After the second verse the rhythm guitar drastically changes leading into the main lead guitar solo. The last minor solo was over the top of the outro section.
10.) “Finding The Way” – All in all there is not a whole lot you can say about this track outside of the fact the band kept everything very simple with classic rock hooks.
11.) “Whisper To Me” – This track opens with a simple acoustic guitar riff before going into the main intro section. There was a very simple laid back minor lead guitar solo over the top of the main intro section. For the musical verse instead of changing the rhythm Matt opened his hi-hat for one note. This gave not only the drum line but the entire musical arrangement a swishing sound, which was very cool! This track showcases every band member’s musical talent. As a musician I loved everything about this track!! What more can you can you say then that!!!!
12.) “Payin’ Dues” – This is another very simple written song. That in many ways reminds you of Lynard Skynard.
13.) “Light My Way” – The guitar of the intro and musical verse of this track was heavily influenced by Jimi Hendrix. Thane pulls off almost a perfect Paul Rogers vocal sound with a David Coverdale vocal accent. What can you say this is another track on the CD that is very simple and cool as hell!!!!!
When I received this release I couldn’t remember why I requested it. This is mainly due to the fact I’m not a huge Bad Company fan (outside of the Brian Howe stuff) nor am I a southern rock fan. However, from the opening chord of “Cold As Hell” to the outro of “Light My Way” this band gave me the Cold Truth. There is not one bad thing I can think to say about this release or band!!!! I was literally blown away!!! ‘Do Whatcha Do’ is an essential classic for all rock fans!