Faz Waltz “Back On Mondo”

FazWaltz2013Starting with a STOOGES kind of beat, this new album from Italian band FAZ WALTZ takes them to new musical territories that bring garage rock (“Little Home”) and bands like The HIVES (“Fingers In My Brain”, “Baby Left Me”), or JET (“Get The Poison”) to mind.
The band also still have one foot in 70s glam rock (T.Rex especially) as “Looking For a Ghost” and “Leave Her Alone” display, and you’ll even get a bit of modern blues (“Cannonball Blues”.)
The production is really good, the melodies are great, the vocals and playing are solid, there’s energy and hooks, and when you think about it, there’s still an unoccupied space on a larger scale when it comes to this genre in music nowadays. So, after listening to “Back On Mondo”, there’s just one question that comes to mind: How come this band isn’t big yet?/Laurent C.


Tragic Romance “Hollywood Daze”

tragic_romanceTRAGIC ROMANCE was one of these bands that haunted the Sunset Strip in the late 80s. Lost into the glam metal/sleaze rock tsunami, TRAGIC ROMANCE shared stages with bands like JUNKYARD, JETBOY, BANG TANGO, VAIN, WARRANT, etc.
This CD offers us songs from that time, and also two songs (“Little Miss Innocent” and “Shameless”) that were recorded in 2012 for FnA records. There’s some good party rock songs on here (“All Wound Up”, “Shameless”), and Billy’s glammy vocals pefectly fits. Of course, you also get the compulsory power ballads (“Satin Sheets”, “Just Couldn’t Bear It”)… TRAGIC ROMANCE were good, but not different from many of their contemporaries, which eventually led them to play a heavier, darker kind of rock in 1989 as the style was evolving with bands like LOVE/HATE, BANG TANGO and JANE’S ADDICTION. “Love and Revolution”, “Vampire Blues”, or “25 Days” are close to what these bands were doing, which shows that any record label support really could have helped… The last two songs “Seasons”, and “Denied” actually get close to MOTHER LOVE BONE, or even ALICE IN CHAINS and SOUNDGARDEN.
You’ll find old flyers and pics as the album artwork. A good tribute and testimony of two eras in one!/Laurent C.


Cannibal Mosquitos “Surfin’ Love Party”

CannibalMosquitos13 instrumental surf rock songs influenced by bands like The MUMMIES or MAN OR ASTROMAN. The only voices you’ll hear are dialogues from old French movies about love and sex in between the songs. This works quite well and it reminds me of HAWAII SAMURAI. The CANNIBAL MOSQUITOS cover French cult actor Guy Marchand’s “Destiné”, and this alone should make you want to listen to this album!
The trio dress up as mutant mosquitoes, which can only add up to the show, as this style is made for live performances before all.
The album is available on CD and vinyl through Dirty Witch records./Laurent C.