Tesla’s long-awaited new studio album Into the Now opens with the modern sounding title track, which offers a glimpse into the album’s offering of straightforward but at times enhanced vocals, strong guitars, and significant loops and special effects. After two years of writing and recording, the reunited original lineup of vocalist Jeff Keith, guitarist Frank Hannon, guitarist Tommy Skeoch, bassist Brian Wheat, and drummer Troy Luccketta finally delivered.
While it is still clear that the diverse styles of guitarists Frank Hannon and Tommy Scheoch pull the band back and forth between heavy gritty groves (ala “Got no Glory”) like those found on more recent albums like Bust a Nut and the softer Americana-style melodies (ala “Come to Me”) like those found in the ballads that earned the band its fame, it works!
The band has not only grown over the years, but also clearly reconnected to bring about seamless collaborations like power ballads like “What a Shame” and “Heaven Nine Eleven” (played frequently by the band while touring last year). Excitingly, Tesla truly shakes things up while still offering the classic choruses you can sing along with, especially on the songs where vocals take the lead. In fact, one of the album’s strongest and simplest tracks, “Caught in a Dream,” is sure to be just as much a staple of the band’s live performances as “Love Song.”