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This group, who feature Isaiah Mitchell of Earthless/Mitchell & Manley on vocals and guitar, have apparently been friends since they were at school and on this album here they’re playing some slick ‘70s style stadium rawk with silky licks, big chunky riffs, cheesy solos and impassioned crooning that’s almost Ozzy-esque at times, and something about his phrasing really reminds me of Cedric Bixler without the eardrum-perforating falsetto.
It’s totally unabashed in its indebtedness to the pre-punk rockers of the ‘70s, the musicianship is consistently impressive, and I particularly enjoy it when they ease off the rock and head into wah-happy almost r’n’b territory on songs like ‘Jetsun Dolma’. Phil Manley (Trans Am, Fucking Champs, Mitchell & Manley, etc) is on recording duties for this and as usual from him it’s a clear, heavy mix that suits the band’s style well.The songs here are somewhat overwrought and cheesy, recalling the likes of Alter Bridge or a popper El Doom & The Born Electric, but it’s all expertly played and there’s so much affection put into this collection that it’s a genuinely fun listen, and if you’re into music that sounds like it’s been hidden in a box for the last 40 years then this is as period-authentic as they come. First 500 LPs are on “baby poop yellow” vinyl apparently, if that helps whet your appetite.
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