UK based garage rock’n’roll band PUSSYCAT AND THE DIRTY JOHNSONS have a good reputation when it comes to live shows but since it’s quite impossible to see bands in clubs these days, here they are with a fourth album in order to make us wait. “Lying On My Bad” and “Doin’ It” both sound as if The CRAMPS just met a riot girl band and started to jam together. Names like L7, BIKINI KILL or BOSS HOG come to mind when listening to “Abuser”, “Not Your Baby” offers us a distorted bluesy ZZ TOP guitar riff with a noise chorus and “Stale” flirts with 90s alternative rock. The wild and crazy rock’n’roll influences of the band can be heard in “Knee Jerk” while darker influences can be found in “Meat.” If you like sexy rock’n’roll, then you’ll enjoy “She’s An Orgasm”, and if you’re more into punk rock, then “Shit” is probably the one for you. PUSSYCAT AND THE DIRTY JOHNSONS also know how to play sweaty sexy blues with repetitive guitar riffs in “Do Ya Feel” and old-school horror rock growing into chaos with “Beast Will Out.” The records ends with “Hey Honey”, a (not that) sweet pop song with a bit of LOU REED and TRANSVISION VAMP in it. The band offers us a great record that makes the wait to go and see gigs even more unbearable and they probably found the right record label to release this album with Hound Gawd! Records since the limited edition black and white vinyl looks amazing! Go and check yourself! /Laurent C.
We talked about Brighton based artist Suzie Stapleton quite a few times through her singles and videos. Here she is back with a self-recorded album with the help of Gavin Jay (JIM JONES AND THE RIGHTEOUS MINDS) on bass and drummer Jim MACAULAY (The STRANGLERS.) “We Are The Plague” opens the album on a dark pyche rock note with intense vocals and fuzzy guitars while “Thylacine” quiets things down, bringing PJ HARVEY to mind. Most songs have their own special atmosphere in a cinematic way, you can easily picture your own video clips while listening to “Blood On The Windscreen”, “September” or “Don’t Look Up” and its desert vibes among others. You’ll hear some gospel influences in “The River Song” and “Angel Speak”‘s beautiful intensity will make you travel very far in unknown territories. “You Were There” has a bit of a DOORS vibe with some 90s alternative influences thrown in while “In The Darkness” has a certain form of minimalism to it before it turns into chaos. We sometimes think of Anna Calvi‘s albums while listening to this record and it sure deserves the same kind of success! The ballad “Silence In My Bones” and “Negative Prophet” both bring a bit of peace near the end of the album, making you think that things could eventually get better in the end even though the question remains “Oh God, do you believe in me?”
“We Are The Plague” could be the soundtrack of this coronavirus age but there’s no doubt that it will stand the test of time. /Laurent C.