I thought I’d start posting published and unpublished reviews I’ve written for various publications here. I’ll do six at a time for ease of sharing but not so many that it’s a scrolling nightmare. Please feel free to share and comment. Anyone who wishes to send me their work to review please email me firstname.lastname@example.org
I could hardly contain my excitement when this one dropped through the letterbox, I have been a huge fan since I discovered them via their ‘In Without Knocking’ album back in the late 1990’s. Since then I have never been disappointed and this is no exception. Time files as you get older and it’s been five years since their last album ‘Don’t Ask’ though it’s hard to believe. I don’t know why it’s taken so long but the guys have stepped it up a gear. One of the things I love most about The Peacocks is Hasu Langhart’s fantastically observational and often caustic lyrics delivered with 40 a day vocals. That no mean talent plus the band’s ability to come up with a tune that is going to get you jumping on first listen, there’s always a hook or chorus that catches and won’t let go. You don’t have to wait long, it’s track three ‘Black Void’ and you get both, then things just kick on. The rhythm section is thundering, the bass a resonating thump here then slapping like old blue Monday there, searing and super rocking guitar, big choruses. Every aspect of this tremendous album is top class, their best yet? More I listen, the more I think so.
THE SEX ORGANS
‘Intergalactic Sex Tourists’
The genital duo are back with a full-length album of trash rock n roll genius. Follow the Sex Organs as they visit the Earth to help us lose our sexual inhibitions. They do so with some crazy rocking fuzz guitar, drum and hilarious commentary. With lyrics to match their moniker with songs entitled ‘Camel Toe Twist’ and ‘I Want To Be Pussy’ they’ll get a party swinging for sure. The 12” vinyl version (what else) comes complete with a free board game, CD and poster, really what more could anyone want from a package?
THE LUCKY DEVILS
‘Under Cover And Still Alive’
One of France’s premier psychobilly outfits celebrate their longevity with a double CD, one of cover versions and the other their live performance from their 15th anniversary gig. The cover versions really do take you by surprise, at least they did me, in that they aren’t what you’d expect a band of this ilk to cover. They are well chosen too because they work well, a psycho ‘Sunny Afternoon’ anyone? The Lucky Devils are evidently enjoying themselves with some powerful performances. The live gig is great value 18 tracks to compensate those of us that weren’t at the party.
THE MILWAUKEE WILDMEN
The Milwaukee Wildmen have been about for over two decades now and it shows. This is available on vinyl and CD but can’t imagine you’d keep the stylus on a record for too long, it rocks thus bounces like crazy. This is one hell of a solid recording, it sounds like a stadium band it’s that big. There is nothing halfhearted about this album, it’s psychobilly for 2017. There is a touch of the theatrical about the vocals as there is the whole record, total quality, there’s an anthem too, you’ll all be singing along to ‘Die Alone’ in Pineda, trust me.
THE MALICIOUS DOGS
France’s The Malicious Dogs did the 28 hour round trip to Alan Wilson’s in a van then found the energy and inspiration and energy to record this in five days. It’s an album that is psychobilly, but their own personal brand. It’s powerful and pretty intense stuff with tracks often veering off into their own little worlds, the guitar gets a free run of the place. In their own words they mix a lot of styles from punk to surf and it’s all evident here. This is an album that’s got a live and unpolished vaguely trash feel about the 11 self-penned tracks, 12 if you include the intro.