I thought I’d start posting published and unpublished reviews I’ve written for various publications here.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 firstname.lastname@example.org
HIPBONE SLIM & THE KNEETREMBLERS
Headed by Sir Bald Diddley and supported by some real rock n roll stalwarts ‘Hipbone’ have come up with what is an album rammed full of all that’s great in rock n roll. From the opening ‘Bald Head, Hairy Guitar’ where that guitar really lets rip, through Bo Diddley stylings, rocking blues, surf and a hint of 1960’s trash. This is a band showcasing that whatever rocking theme is pitched at them they can hit it right back at you, out of the stadium and into orbit. In short this is a fantastic rock n roll album.
These particular troglodytes are from Auckland New Zealand and hammer out 60’s garage influenced punk in way that makes listening to their album akin to running a gauntlet. That’s just the same but without getting your head kicked in. Your ears on the other hand get shown no mercy. 13 tracks none of which even sniff two minutes in duration but a second more for any of them would be overkill as they are perfect with vocals that lacerate an organ-infused cacophony of fury, don’t confuse that with noise, this is just perfect punk.
First impression is these guys have been sipping at the fabled inspiration font of Batmobile but have by no means submerged themselves in it just absorbed. What that have taken is the tempo and seamless bass and drum interaction as a base for a fresh-sounding take on the old three piece line-up. There are some wonderful aural surprises in store, the short guitar break on ‘Moon Monster’ being one that had me sat bolt upright. Lyrically the guys haven’t veered too far from the psychobilly staples of sci-fi and horror but what’s not to like?
‘Jungle Noise Recordings’
This is a reissue for the now much sought after Jungle Noise 10” album recorded in 1994 and released in 1995. This was real low-fi stuff even for the time recorded at home on a rented recorder and sounds as you’d imagine it to, fuzztastic. Beat-Man’s vocals are instantly recognisable and really are the perfect vehicle for songs like ‘Rock Around The Tombstone’ and the growler ‘Mummie Fucker Blues’. There are 19 tracks here including the original album plus a bunch of rare singles for our listening pleasure, trash fan heaven still sounding great after 21 years.
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