CD and LP Reviews – Published And Otherwise Part 4

I thought I’d start posting published and unpublished reviews I’ve written for various publications here.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 stuff to review please email me simon@simonnott.co.uk

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SWITCHBLADE
‘The Lost Album’
(Trophy)
This album was recorded a quarter of a century ago by a group of guys who will be no strangers to the majority of people who have been around that long in any sphere of the rock n roll scene. They apparently gigged for a year and half, recorded this album in two days then knocked it on the head. What they left is a hot band ripping through some rockabilly club classics of the time slinging in a trio of self-penned tunes, they blend in perfectly, which given the material they sit with, praise indeed. Simon Nott

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THE MOONSHINE STALKERS
‘Splatter House – Stalker Deluxe Edition
(Diablo)
I reviewed this back in September 2014 when it was first released on a limited run of 150, which I lamented not enough people would hear, it’s now back bigger, swankier and enhanced with extra tracks. What I wrote at the time still stands. ‘This is a great psychobilly album. It has all you need from the genre, it’s got the nasty lyrical themes that we all love, it’s catchy as hell and faster than a bat that’s just flown out of there.’ It sounds even better this time around and really is a genre classic in the making. Simon Nott

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EL CAMINO
‘The Way’
(Western Star)
If ever there was an understated cover to an album (and there have been a few) it’s this one. What lies between the very nondescript artwork is an absolute stonker of an album both lyrically and musically. Taking the later first, if it’s a pigeon-hole you are after it’s all encompassing neo-rockabilly . Lyrically it’s clever stuff, there are some terrific songs here from the infectious and wonderfully observed ‘Five Chin Freddy’ to the knowing ‘You Don’t Wanna End Up Like Me’. This is one of those that’ll you’ll spin and spin. Simon Nott

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THE ROADHOUSE ROOSTERS
‘In With The Hens’
(Western Star)
When I eagerly unwrapped this album I slipped it into my player given the name anticipating a real rustic hoe-down. Well I was totally wrong, what you actually get is mostly urban and restrained rockabilly and rock n roll, beautifully smooth and classy. They plunder styles ranging from shades of Bo Diddley to pedal steel infusions in places and quality sax-honking elsewhere. There’s some excellent song-writing in evidence too, real old-fashioned story-telling. I’m sure that many readers will be able to relate to ‘Skint Again’ but make sure you keep enough back to get this. Simon Nott

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THE SAUCER MEN’S 
‘Realite Ou Fiction’ 
(Diablo)
Bloody hell, here’s a wild card, what did I just listen to? Give it credit, it’s certainly out of this world. Well actually this trio hail from France and play fast, furiously twangy, rough-edged high-helium psychobilly. Given that they are French they can be forgiven for not fully grasping the English language, they don’t let that bother them though, I think they settled on Pidgin Martian. But hell, this is a fun album to listen to, it’s an acquired taste, but they really give it their all and has a charm all of its own. Simon Nott

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THE DELTAS
‘Good Time Guide’
(Diablo)
This is the band’s first recorded work for two-decades and features the original trio with added scene luminaries to add to the party. Musically their second album infusion of blues and rockabilly is still their trademark and definitely still The Deltas. With exception to the Hank Thompson classic ‘Six Pack To Go’ it’s all Panioty-Pointer self-penned stuff. These guys are neo-pioneers marinated in blues and rockabilly and it shows in the seemingly effortless quality they have produced. That’s no doubt accentuated by having Doyley and Boz Boorer at the helm, available in a variation of five coloured vinyl LPs. Simon Nott

ALL OF THE REVIEWS ABOVE WERE PREVIOUSLY PUBLISHED IN UK ROCK N ROLL MAGAZINE  PLEASE SUPPORT THE MAGAZINE THAT SUPPORTS ME. 

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