Reviews 2009 - 2010

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From Psychedelic Central

fires which burnt brightly"Fire's Which Burnt Brightly" was released in October of 2009 and is the sixth CD release for Donovan's Brain, venturesomely led by 23 year music veteran Ron Sanchez of Bozeman, Montana on vocals/guitars/keyboards and string arrangements. Accompanied with a great lineup of Colter Langan on guitars and vocals, Deniz Tek (Radio Birdman) on guitars/vocals/percussion, Bobby Sutliff (Windbreakers) on vocals/guitars/bass/keyboards and string arrangements, and Bob Brown (Deniz Tek Group) on bass.

Special guests include:  Jason Lytle (Grandaddy) - vocals/piano/synths, Roy Loney (Flamin' Groovies) - vocals, and assistance: Mike Musburger - drums/percussion, Jeff Artnsen - bass, Ron Crainghead - drums, Tony Horton - drums, Lila Cebulla - vocals, Lizzy McKenzie - vocals and Tony Miller - vocals.
 
Consisting of thirteen new fabulous songs written by Sanchez-Tek-Langan-Sutliff; this album starts off with "The Same Mistakes", a mid-tempo organ drenched powerpop based tune, which delivers some tempermental lyrics with a classical feel, while maintaining a steady wholesome upbeat harmonous rythmn, with glorious 12 string arrangements, garnished with beautiful slide guitar and jingling tambourines to give it a pleasant folky-psychedelic-pop essence. "Green 17"  is a highly admirable riff-laden classic rock style tune with electric guitars and  smooth crips vocals. "Broken Glass" is a colorful orchestration of postmodern eclectric that is characteristic of different genres including pop, rock, folk, psychedelic, classical with a bit of symphonics, while primarily dominated by a harmonic choral form, being strongly led by beautiful electric guitar solo's for a gorgeous melody! "You Gotta Go Now" is a well crafted easy listening graceful song that is lyrically a traditional folk-lore, enhanced with syncopated drum beats, smooth organ passages and guitar riffs that flow together nicely making this a very delightful song. Whilst, "Carefully Considered Answers" follows along in a wonderful purcussive harmony exquisitely utilizing the hammond organ delivering a cheerful melodic tune. 

"Last Acid Riders" takes on more vigorous harmonous approach with varied levels of magnitude in the form of  neo-psychedelia-folk and roots rock, with a wider and more progressive series of riff laden instrumental jams with fuzzed out organ and synths, along with more surreal lyrics capturing the feel of post-psychedelia era of the early to mid 70's, as music started to turn back towards the rock roots. "After The Main Sequence " is predominantly a mellifluous guitar instrumental driven song, that eases off a bit with a more  tranquil feel that is highly enjoyable.

"Come For The Sun " and "Wooden Horse" are a couple quirky pop-rock styled tunes consisting of absurd witty lyrics delivered in  giddy vocals, with chimming carnival type sound improvisations that are rather amusing and uplifitng. "I Saw Your Light" is perhaps one of the most contempory pop style songs on the album, with glorious piano and elegant female backing vocals with a beautiful charismatic sound.  Followed by "Vanished" which comes as a bit of a surprise with it's changeable sassy punk rock feel, that consists of a wide variety of both new and aged elements  from neo-psych, folk rock, pop and punk with a spunky crowd gratifying attitude in a timeless sound that is difficult to classify.  "High Street Hit Man" follows out with a similiar punky feel that is more consistent with some of todays modern powerpop.  The album comes to a close with "Thinking About Neutrons" a ghoulish sounding neo-psychedelic song that is a real trip!

"Fire's Which Burnt Brightly" is a well crafted and diversely impacting album full of  creative elements that are both fundamental and complex with some unique sounds of it's own, that gives new life to some of the traditional roots!  Highly recommend!!!

Jan (editor)

 

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From Swiss Records

fires coverdot«Fires which burnt brightly» ist das sechste Album der in Montana, USA, beheimateten Band um Sänger, Gitarrist und Songschreiber Ron Sanchez. Darauf wird er in gesanglicher und auch kompositorischer Hinsicht von Deniz Tek (Radio Birdman) und Bobby Sutliff (Windbreakers) unterstützt. Musikalisch führt das nur zu minimen Verschiebungen. Donovans’s Brain sind immer noch hauptsächlich im Neo-Psychedelik und Janglepop zuhause. Dabei werden einmal mehr Bezüge zu Bands wie Pink Floyd, die Beatles anno «Sgt Peppers», The Byrds oder The Thin White Rope gewahr. Dargeboten werden die dreizehn Songs mit einer gewissen Abgeklärtheit, fast schleppend und gelegentlich mit einem Tick zu viel an Zurückhaltung (z.B. «Last acid rider»). Songs wie «Broken glass corner» oder «I saw your light» zeigen, dass daraus auch Tiefe entstehen kann.

7.5 out of 10 Robert Pallydot

As translated by Google:

Fires which burnt brightly 'is the sixth album in Montana, USA domiciled band singer, guitarist and songwriter Ron Sanchez. Then he will be vocal and compositional ways from Deniz Tek (Radio Birdman) and Bobby Sutliff (Wind Breakers) are supported. Musically, this only leads to minima shifts. Donovan's Brain are still mainly in the neo-psychedelia and Janglepop home. Here once more links to bands like Pink Floyd, The Beatles anno "Sgt Peppers", The Byrds and The Thin White Rope aware. Tues thirteen tracks are presented with a certain serenity, almost sluggish, and occasionally a bit too much restraint (eg "acid load rider"). Songs like "Broken glass corner" or "I saw your light" show that it can also arise depth. 7.5/10

 

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From Lowcut

fires coverThis UK/US band has released numerous records over the last 20 years but this is the first that I have heard. They are very influenced by late 60’s sounds but also are quite accessible by today’s standard and some tracks would be considered radio friendly Indie rock. Lyrically, the band has a lot of cool themes and these are not your ordinary subjects. The CD comes in a nice package and the CD features 13 tracks. If you like more laid back psych and groups like Plasticland, Reefus Moons, and the Green Pyjamas. Check it out...
3 stars


If you dig: Plasticland, Reefus Moons, and the Green Pyjamas.

 

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From Lowcut

soul movers coverAn Australian Detroit Cobras? Well, this record only has a few cover songs and the band features the legendary Deniz Tek of Radio Birdman, but it's sorta the same rock'n'soul vibe, maybe a tad less garagerock-ish. Lizzie Mack is a very gifted singer, and color the 12 tunes quite admirable with her sultry voice. A neo-rhythm & blooze keeper.

3 stars

If you dig: Detroit Cobras, Mitch Ryder & The Detroit Wheels, The Solution

 

 

luna kafeDonovans' Brain Fires Which Burnt Brightly
Career Records

From: Luna Kafe

 

After a four-year hiatus, Donovan's Brain returns with more brightly psychedelic pop.

Opener "The Same Mistakes" is a slightly sixties era evoking joyous pop cascade of some distinction. "You Gotta Go Now" is driven by ringing guitars and a harmonic yet attitude-laden vocal. The band sounds right at home with it, as if they've never gone away. "Last Acid Rider" is typically dreamy yet trippy, the band paying homage to the era of rebellion and change in a great fashion.

"I Saw Your Light" is a strong yet melancholy song that puts the emphasis on the band's melodic strength. It's an album worth treasuring, and they are a band for the ages.

Copyright © 2010 Anna Maria Stjärnell

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From Blurt Online

blurt headerAlthough barnstorming rocker Roy Loney is, like a lot of us, settling into extended middle age, as he's still pulling frontman time in a high-nrg combo (the Longshots, who've issued several smokin' platters via the good folks at Career Records), it's unlikely he'll be going quietly into seniordom anytime soon. Hell, he may even be due for a latterday revival among the younger hipster set soon. No less a Loney fan than Jack White recorded a version of his "Heading For the Texas Border" not long ago with the Raconteurs, while another tune Loney also originally cut decades ago with his early band the Flamin' Groovies, "Teenage Head," remains a perennial favorite among budding garage rockers and even the stray metal or hard rock outfit.
 
A Hundred Miles an Hour 1978-1989 picks up the Loney story after his departure from the Groovies in 1971; he'd clashed with co-founder Cyril Jordan over the group's musical direction but still took awhile to get his solo career in gear. When he did, with 1978's Artistic As Hell EP, the timing couldn't have been better, as the punk and new wave crowd instinctively embraced his lo-fi, recorded-on-a-shoestring brand of roots-powered twang. In fact, the EP's title track, with its vocal sneer from Loney, pounding piano riff and manic closing-moments guitar raveup, could've been lifted from the Groovies' classic '71 LP Teenage Head, which by the end of the seventies was already considered as much a punk precursor as the Stooges' Fun House or MC5's Kick Out the Jams.
 
From that point Loney kicked into high gear with a string of albums cut either under his own name or billed to Roy Loney & the Phantom Movers (tellingly, the Movers included various Groovies alumni coming and going in the lineup). As outlined in archivist David Laing's detailed liner notes for the 28-song Australian anthology at hand, Loney's fortunes would ebb and flow, but his output was rarely less than satisfying to fans.
 
This CD touches on nearly every Loney record issued in the ‘70s and ‘80s, starting with three tracks from the aforementioned EP and concluding with three from 1989's The Scientific Bombs Away!!! (only 1981's Contents Under Pressure isn't represented, with Laing describing it as "a misguided attempt" to have a commercial hit by going overtly new wave). Even if you have the original vinyl, the collection is a great way to revisit your memories, not to mention the fact that much if not most of this isn't otherwise available on CD. Among the obvious highlights: from 1979's Out After Dark,  a calypso-flavored cover of "Return to Sender" that helped make Elvis seem cool during the reactionary punk era, and the snarling "Used Hoodoo" which is not only pure Groovies but helped make slide guitar cool to punks still clinging to their buzzsaw riffs; from 1982's Rock and Roll Dance Party With..., "Double Dare," a visceral marriage of Muddy Waters' "I'm A Man" and the classic Bo Diddley beat as envisioned by the Stones or Yardbirds, right down to Loney's animalistic whoops and grunts; and from the 1989 album, "Chicken Run Around," featuring more of that B.D. jungle thump, twinned slide and chicken-picking guitar licks, and a lascivious double entendre-laden Loney vocal.
 
For longtime Loney watchers, it almost goes without saying that many of us found ourselves rediscovering vintage strains of Americana - rockabilly, in particular - thanks to Loney's efforts. In that regard he's somewhat comparable to the Cramps, who also championed semi-forgotten musical eras and icons. He never came close to selling records in the same quantity as the Cramps, but it's worth noting that Lux and Ivy themselves were known to be big Loney fans. And he's also still recording and touring, so for the uninitiated, A Hundred Miles An Hour is a perfect way to get introduced to the man as you make plans to investigate further.
 
Standout Tracks: "Used Hoodoo," "Double Dare," "Driving Wheel" FRED MILLS

 

next big thingSunday, February 07, 2010
Posted 3:16 PM by Lindsay Hutton

From: The Next Big Thing

 

 

soul moversSo we’ve been to-ing and fro-ing between Australia and Sweden these past few days. Sadly not physically but that’s the plus of this interweb thing, you can be someplace else in seconds. Heading back down under then and The Soul Movers “On the IN Side” that Career put out toward the end of ’09. This is a superior brand of what The Detroit Cobras are doing. These folks aren’t relying on mining obscure gems.
Their originals feel lived in and Lizzie Mack’s voice is a warm, honeyed instrument that just sits right. She reminds me of Frankie Miller. The Soul Movers count Deniz Tek and Pip Hoyle among their number. This is showing signs of another side of Detroit than what you’re used to hearing them play. I’m not sure what the story is with regard to live shows but I think they were in Spain fairly recently. This stuff would sound pretty damn sweet spilling out of the El Sol sound system for sure.
There are no fancy production tricks just an obvious traction with their roots and it sounds like they had a good time laying these tracks down. If they could somehow get on Jools Holland’s TV show, they’d be on the fast up elevator.

luna kafeThe Soul Movers On The IN Side
Career Records/Cool Time Records

From: Luna Kafe

There's the combination of the band name and those first tones and beats of the record that kind of tell you where we're headed with On The IN Side. Without trying to, or having any need to, analyze the band's intentions, putting "Baby I Love You" as the second track sort of convinces me that they're out here to have fun. They're not trying to change the world. And they make me want to have fun as well. If they're not exactly moving my soul that much, I can certainly enjoy this record from back to back. Opener "Stickin' Around" sets the tone in loose, interesting way. The most interesting thing is that the singer, Lizzie Mack, is at her absolutely best on her original tunes where it's obvious that she's letting lose a bit more. That takes us on to track 4, "Not With Her". A song that's rough enough around the edges vocally and sound a bit more playful. I really like "Dead" (not only for the title), for the groove, the sound, the horns and the attitude. "Few Good Reasons" gives Lizzie some room to sing. "Change" is a song that doesn't demand that vocal roughness but she finds her tender voice in a fine manner as well. If you're looking for the signs of change in (white) soul music, this is not the place to start. But if you're looking for a record of both classics and new songs from a band that has a lot of fun and a singer that make you interested, give The Soul Movers a shot.

Copyright © 2010 Anders Svendsen

 

big take overDONOVAN’S BRAIN –
Fires Which Burnt Brightly (Career)

From: The Big Takeover On Line

RONALD SANCHEZ and COLTER LANGAN‘s long-running psychedelic collective hasn’t failed to deliver the goods yet, and the Montana group’s 6th record has its invoice in hand. Joined here by the WINDBREAKERS‘ BOBBY SUTLIFF and the legendary DENIZ TEK, DB is both more rocking and more tuneful, while retaining that acid glow. Strong stuff, as usual.

Michael Toland

 

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Fires Which Burnt Brightly

From: Shindig

On their sixth album, Montana's finest return to their poppier beginnings with a well-exicuited variety of sparkling gems that place the Brain alongside The Green Pajamas in offering the finest pop-psych American has to offer.

Bobby Sutliff's 12-string jangle imbues 'The Same Mistakes' and 'You Gotta Go Now' with a vibrant, Tobin Sprout/GBV vibe, while the cotton-mouthed 'Carefully Considered Answers' is a power-pop treasure with more stellar work from the four-pronged guitar army.

The thematic title suite is a rather more experimental, revealing the band's progggier elements with dreamy Echoes-styled bleeps on the instrumental 'After The Main Sequence'. 'Wooden Horse' emulates a ride on an old-fashioned carousel, and the set ends on an upbeat note with the head-swirling Who knock off 'High Street Hit Man'. - Jeff Penczak.

 

shindigThe Soul Movers
On The IN Side

From: Shindig

Fronted by the sultry, soulful siren Lizzie Mack and Radio Birdmen Deniz Tek and Pip Hoyle, the perfectly named Movers deliver a refreshing combination of soulful country and twangy, rockabilly blues. They combine well-chosen covers with sharp, booty-kicking originals. A party atmosphere pervades 'Baby I Love You', while Mack struts her stuff on the funky, 'Slip In Mules', with Tek's gnarly soloing exuding the swamp gas aroma of John Forgerty.

Frank Bennett adds a sinewy, jazzy sax to the self-pity party 'Dead' and the painfully wobbly-kneed 'Hold Me' can only lead to a compliance. A moaning Mack and a wailing Bennett ooze sensual sexuality on 'Low And Slow' and the single, 'Piece O' Me' could have been an outtake from the Dusty In Memphis sessions.

Fans of Evie Sands and Aretha to Holly Golightly and Dusty should take note. - Jeff Penczak.

 


From The Province, Vancouver, BC

shake itTop albums that shone through tough decade

The rest of the best:
Our Tom Harrison's top albums of the decade

 

 

 

1. Love and Theft, Bob Dylan
2. Kid A, Radiohead
3. Hotel Yankee Foxtrot, Wilco
4. Shake It Or Leave It, Roy Loney
5. The Forever Changes Concert, Arthur Lee
6. Smile, Brian Wilson
7. Transcendental Blues, Steve Earle
8. The Old Kit Bag, Richard Thompson
9. The Coral, The Coral
10. The Convincer, Nick Lowe

 

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From The Winnipeg Free Press

2009 Year in Review:Aught-nine oughta hears

Free Press music reviewers cue up their favourite albums from the past year

1. Tommy T., The Prester John Sessions (Easy Star)
2. Status Quo, In Search of the Fourth Chord (Eagle)
3. James Hand, Shadow on the Ground (Rounder
4. Blue Rodeo, The Things We Left Behind (Warner)
5. Zrada, Zrada (Independent)
6. Watermelon Slim, Escape from the Chicken Coop (Northern Blues)
7. Nicole Atkins, Neptune City (Red Ink)
8. Ian Hunter, Man Overboard (New West)
9. The Gourds, Haymaker! (YepRoc)
10. Donovans Brain, Fires Which Burn Brightly (Career)

Jeff Monk

 

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From Blurt Online

blurt review headerYou'd be forgiven if off the top of your head you can't name many Montana bands - which, perversely, is what helps Donovan's Brain stand out. The long-running brainchild (ahem) of one Ron Sanchez, DB comes up for air every few years when studio rat Sanchez has a break from his production schedule, with key releases thus far appearing on the Get Hip and Career labels (the latter operated by Sanchez and his good buddy Deniz Tek of Radio Birdman). It's been four years since the last record, the two-CD A Defeat of Echoes, and this time around he's got a star-studded roster of friends pitching in, among them Tek, Roy Loney, Bobby Sutliff (Windbreakers), Mike Musburger (Posies, Fastbacks) and Jason Lytle (Grandaddy).

"Psychedelia" being an action verb for the Brain, longtime fans of the band won't be ill-served by the baker's-dozen tunes here. Fires Which Burnt Brightly kicks off with a lush slice of jangledom from Sanchez' pen: "The Same Mistakes," with its 12-string, mellotron and tambourine, could pass for an obscure track from the British Nuggets box - or perhaps an outtake from those psychedelic psunspotters themselves, the Dukes of Stratosphear. Another early highlight is Sanchez' "Broken Glass Corner," which pirouettes through the looking glass via a detour down Magical Mystery Tour lane (what's that Jane Fonda namecheck all about, Ron?), while Sutliff's chiming, pulsing "You Gotta Go Now" is powerpop cut, not all that surprisingly, from Windbreakers cloth.

Tracks 7-13 comprise what's essentially "side two" of the album and Sanchez describes them as a song cycle with a theme concerning the "loss of important people and institutions in our lifetime." There's a cinematic instrumental opener, "After the Main Sequence," followed by guitarist Colter Langan's caustic, cautionary garage cruncher "Come For The Sun," a meditation upon colonialism and manifest destiny. Tek's ominous rocker "Vanished" was apparently slated, initially, for Radio Birdman's reunion album, but here, the inclusion of a female vocal foil for Tek gives it an X or Jefferson Airplane-styled vibe. And the Sanchez-Tek closing track, "Thinking About Neutrons," with its Thomas Dolby-like whorl of keyboards and recited vocals, is inspired looniness at its best; you won't think about neutrons in quite the same way again (and of course we all think of neutrons from time to time, don't we?).

Consume with a tab or a smoke at your discretion, but the main thing is to relax, sit back, and turn off the brain - because in this case, it's Donovan's Brain that's in charge.

Standout Tracks: "You Gotta Go Now," "After the Main Sequence," "Vanished" -  Fred Mills

 

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Donovan’s Brain
Fires Which Burnt Brightly

From Pop Matters

It’s nice having discs like this around to truly validate the old saying about assumptions. Who would’ve thought Montana could produce music as effortlessly mind-expanding as that of Bozeman-based collective Donovan‘s Brain? Leader Ron Sanchez counts among his neighborly helpmates Radio Birdman’s “Antipodetroi” guitar whiz Deniz Tek and Bobby Sutliff, half of ‘80s smart pop team the Windbreakers. Together, they rustle up a moody-and-languorous brew of ancient-to-future psychedelic rock.

Yes, appreciably drifting, buzz-facilitating moments can be found. Witness the Gilmour-like axe work on “Broken Glass Corner”. What makes DB’s approach succeed is the thankful infusion of sufficient pop chops to prevent terminal meander (as on the appropriately jangly, Sutliff-sung “You Gotta Go Now”). The titular song cycle holds further surprises, including a cheery cameo from Roy Loney, sounding more Modern Major General than Flamin’ Groovie on “Come for the Sun”. Former Grandaddy synth specialist Jason Lytle also appears to drizzle pleasing analog hoodoo over “I Saw Your Light”. There’s a penultimate, Who-ish paean to independent record shops, “High Street Hit Man”, as well. All told, it makes for a delightfully transporting disc that will appeal equally to readers of both Relix and the sadly languishing Ptolemaic Terrascope.

By Michael Layne Heath

rating 8 star

7 January 2010

 

btosoul moversThe Soul Movers – On the In Side
by Michael Toland

From The Big Takeover

 

 

 

It always seems to come down to this, doesn’t it? The original wave of proto-punk power rockers have long claimed to be inspired by classic 50s/60s soul and R&B, but very few of them (SCOTT MORGAN being a major exception) have put their money where their mojos are. DENIZ TEK – of RADIO BIRDMAN, the VISITORS, NEW RACE and god knows what else – has his wallet out, though, and is slipping twenties into R&B’s g-string with On the In Side. Collaborating with singer/songwriter LIZZIE MACK and Birdman keysman PHILIP “PIP” HOYLE in the SOUL MOVERS, Tek keeps his usual firebreathing six-string tendencies in check, instead laying back and in the pocket, like a great soul picker should. His tasteful approach suits the straightforward rock ‘n’ soul tunes well; there’s no need for “Not With Her,” “Change” and “Hold Me” to be riff-crazy. As impressive as Tek is here, though, the record really belongs to Mack, who channels tasteful Texan powerhouse LOU ANN BARTON. Mack’s not a belter, she’s a singer; supported by the strong writing and superbly tasteful backing of Tek and crew, she’s reclaiming not just soul but also rock & roll from the histrionic hordes. Great!

 

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Donovan's Brain - Fires Which Burnt Brightly
by Jack Rabid

From The Big Takeover

Ronald Sanchez has valiantly led this neo-psych Bozeman, MT (a beautifully isolated mountain west outpost) collective named after a 1942 Curt Siodmak sci-fi novel (and 1953 film with future Nancy Reagan) for 23 years with Colter Langan and legendary Radio Birdman guitarist/aviator/doctor Deniz Tek. All three write, as does Windbreakers veteran Bobby Sutliff, while another proto-punk, original Flaming Groovies leader Roy Loney, cameos. With such superlative talent, and a combined record collection to start their own Amoeba, it’s directed into a magnificently moody, mid-tempo psych stew with folk-rock underpinnings, like my favorite Bevis Frond, Byrds, Jefferson Airplane, Seeds, and some Birdman songs. (Tek and Chris Mazuak’s “Vanished” was even originally composed for Birdman’s Zeno Beach.) Like the best psych meditations, this is a far-out catchy trip without a narcotics flashback, and the concluding seven-track song-cycle is ambitiously stupendous.

 

babysueSoul Movers - On The IN Side

From: babysue®

This band was originally intended to be a short-lived project, having been organized to record a single at the end of 2008. But reaction to the single was so strong that the decision was made to continue the project and record a full-length album. Soul Movers features the talents of Deniz Tek and Pip Hoyle, who were originally in the critically acclaimed band Radio Birdman. Joining them are Lizzie Mack (vocals), Craig Harnath (bass, percussion, backing vocals), Brett Wolfendon (drums), and Frank Bennett (tenor saxophone). As the band name suggests, this band plays danceable pop with plenty of soul. These folks chose to record these tunes using traditional instruments, thus the songs have a nice, organic, timeless sound that is really appealing. The driving force here are Lizzie Mack's vocals. This young lady has a really cool throaty voice that really makes these tunes cook. Cool toe-tappers include "Stickin' Around," "Dead," "Low and Slow," and "Krazy Kats." Good solid stuff.

 

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From The I-94 Bar

got me a hot oneRoy Loney & Senor No GOT ME A HOT ONE - (Bloody Hotsak)

Roy Loney needs no introduction and neither should Senor No if you're a fan of Real Rock and Roll. It's no surprise that it should have been recorded in Spain, one of the final outposts for music that doesn't suck the big one and a country where it seems Roy has been bestowed honorary citizenship. So we have Spain's best tough 'n' nasty band behind one of rock and roll's best frontmen. Let's rumble.

This album's hotter than Thai cooking by a sadist chef and burns at both ends like a stick of dynamite with two fuses. Senor No are tighter than a metrosexual Scotsman's grip on his man-bag and have a monstrous engine room commanded by Guantxe on drums. This guy nails the beat to the floor like a master floorboard installer. Twin guitars finish do the job, coup de grace fashion.

And of course so does Senor Loney who's in devastating form. There's a sprinkling of oldies, a handful of other people's songs and a goodly contingent of newer tunes. The hard-strumming "Diablo", a dusty and sharp slide-assisted rough-rider, and the '50s-styled title track both pack knuckle dusters in a velvet glove.

You want straight-up rockers? "Dance With Me" has have more conviction than a jail-full of amateur car thieves. The chiming "My Heart Has Had Enough" is the album's genuine pop moment, a wistful yet gritty dissertation that i like immensely. Odds are so will you if you have a pulse.

Sharp-eared/old Aussies will recognise "Cara-lin" as a song that Normie Rowe rode up the charts in the '60s (and that gave the Hoodoo Gurus the drum feel for "Like Wow Wipeout".) Roy has had a go at this in his Phantom Movers days and this updated version's a keeper. Ditto on both counts for "Love Is a Spider" where guest Jesus Aranburu tickles the varies in praiseworthy style and gives the tune new legs.

The Kinks' "Act Nice And Gentle" (the B side of "Waterloo Sunset") is Loney-ized a treat and his roughed-up re-take of the Groovies' own "heading' For The Texas Border" is worth bottling many times over.

This album is definitely worth laying your hard-earned down for and don't. worry about the shipping charges. They're nothing in the scheme of things. I scored my copy from Career's online shop. - The Barman

 

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