Following the debut EP “Bubblegum Radio” released earlier this year, this new album by Rob Richardson offers us 10 well played and well produced hard rocking songs. Although these songs are definitelty rooted in the 80s and early 90s hair metal era, you’ll also hear some 70s hard rock influences in “Cross The Line”, “R.K.R.” or in “Kaleidoscope Caravan”. “Do It Your Way” has a bit of CINDERELLA and EXTREME into it while “Lovesick Blues” riffs like a SKID ROW song and “Psychodelic” brings ELECTRIC BOYS to mind. Songs like “Sleep When I’m Dead” and “Pink Eye” would probably have been labelled as “big rock” in the early 90s but “Clock Strikes Four” is going in a heavier direction. Definitely worth checking if you’re into American hard rock! /Laurent C.
PAVID VERMIN is a pop punk from Rhode Island. They start this 7″ telling us “The Beach Boys Never Surfed” with good melodies and all the best ingredients you can find in that style. Their sound isn’t too polished, which is a good thing in that style! “Give It A Rest” is faster, bringing bands like NOFX or The DESCENDENTS to mind while “Electric Blue Carpet” has a cool rock’n’roll on speed vibe with good vocal harmonies. The last song of the B side “Take Me To The Leader” is a catchy punk rock song that makes you realize that this is already the end of the record. Check it out on Jarama 45 RPM Recs, this is going to be a limited edition sea-blue vinyl record! /Laurent C.