Ancient Egypt and eternal life seem to be a recurring theme on this 5th GUTTERCATS album. Do cats really have nine lives? These guys could probably answer the question, paying tribute to wild life in opening track “Wild Animal” with their usual melancholy but they also know that eternal life might not be for everyone, facing life, time and the duty to keep the fire burning in “Keep The Flame” and its GUN CLUB atmosphere. “Dagger In My Heart” might be one of my favourite tracks on this new album, a sad dark pop song with a “Strawberry Field” mellotron in the verse and a rockin’ end. Listening to this album sometimes brings The DOORS to mind (“Farewell”) although the omnipresent violin almost takes us to old celtic territories. On the other hand, “Dark Room” takes us to psychedelic seas before it offers us the catchiest chorus on the album while “End Of Times” and “Know Your Roots” both bring a Western touch to the album. You’ll also hear a bit of a ROWLAND S. HOWARD atmosphere in “If I Had A Loaded Gun”, this one might also stay in your head after you’ve listened to it! The record finishes on the sorrowful notes of “Eternal Life” and “Sweet Lies, Betrayal & Adultery” (the CD version has an acoustic version of “Wild Animal” as a bonus track.) GUTTERCATS still follow their path against all odds and never deceive. /Laurent C.
The DARK SHADOWS‘ singer/guitarist is back with a 5 song record on beautiful indigo blue 120g vinyl.”Köln” is a tribute to Brigitte’s adopted city. The German influence can be heard from the start in a KRAFTWERK synth on “Köln” (a song recorded with Matahari Ranch.) The vocals in the verse are almost rapped while the catchy chorus brings 00s MADONNA to mind, this is brilliant synthpop! “Daylight” is a modern vampirish goth song with robotic voices and a good vocal line “look outside, daylight goes…” designed to make you dance only at night… On B-side we can hear the dark and poppy “Lament Of A Lost Soul” that was on the “After Dark” 7″ picture disc, the already classic “After Dark” and it’s DAMNED (“Phantasmagoria” era) vibe and the very cinematic “Still Lives…” The records comes out with a full colour poster and lyrics, and that’s one more good reason for you to order it!/ Laurent C.
20 years waiting for this for fuck’s sake!
First of all, I must admit that I have a special kind of love for Gilby’s albums, as a matter of fact, I decided to become a guitar player after his Pawnshop Guitars album.
Always thought the dude’s great when it comes to riffs, Gilby’s work is all about explosion, he is a songwriter and riff master and this new album proves it again, no doubt about it.
Before describing the album I’d like to clarify again the fact that I must be not that objective here, I’m writing this from a fan perspective.
So here it goes :
The album kicks of with “The Gospel Truth”, classic Gilby at his best, a catchy riff with pure Rock and Roll energy, a suckerpunch made in California.
“Wayfarer” comes in second place, with amazing 1970s like keyboards and atmosphere, a bit Stones but raw.
“Tightwad” features Motley Crue’s Nikki Sixx on bass and Jane’s Addiction’s Stephen Perkins on drums, one thing I love about this album is how it’s mixed, Gilby’s vocals are up front, the rhythm here is killer and totally genuine, which is something I’ve always loved about his solo albums, Gilby’s albums are cult albums.
“Rock and Roll is Getting Louder” is pure Gilby Clarke, a song about motorcycles, something that he is well known for loving, this one is anthemic, he shot a pretty cool video for it, Easy Rider spirit 100 %
“Wise Old Timer” is a mid tempo riff based song followed by “Violation”, a Rolling Stones inspired tune which brings back so many memories of his concerts, I can totally see him opening a gig with this one.
“The Ending” is a personal favorite here, a straight bass line and the feeling that real Rock and Roll is not dead, it just went under, like he said in the teaser for “The Gospel Truth”.
Songs like “Dangerous Sin” and “Rusted N Busted” keep this thing up beat and they confirm the songwriter vibe and soul, finally “She Won’t Fight Fair” closes a Rock and Roll trip that it’s hard to find these days.
I’m so glad this album is out!!!
This is Rolling Stones meets Ace Frehley with more distortion, you cannot dislike this one if you are a true rock and roller.
One more thing.
Gilby, please, don’t wait another 20 years dude.
/Juan Pablo Mazzola (aka Baby Scream)
“Main Muscle” shows the lighter side of RMBLR, but please, proceed with caution. There’s nothing soft about this track, and the vocals are more savage than the “Macho Man” himself. Wild west piano tapping helps to elevate the track into a saloon style brawl.
“Main Muscle” will be available on all streaming/download outlets on May 14, 2021.
The RMBLR MF/EP will be out in June 2021. In North America on Spaghetty Town Records and in Europe on Wanda Records (Germany). The MF/EP will be available on vinyl and digital formats.