Gypsy Roller “S/T”

Opening song “Rock’n’Roll Stroller” sets the mood right from the start: 70s glam rock à la Gary Glitter! Lead vocalist/Lyricist Gil Soliz teamed up with Allen Davis who co-wrote, produced and engineered this second album. Bowie‘s shadow also wanders around these songs, especially in “Goodbye To Sorrows.” The atmosphere sometimes gets close to the best of 90s Britpop (PULP, SUEDE…) on songs like “Lost In Some Old Melody”, or “I Can’t Live For Yesterdays.” The production is quite impressive when it comes to that 70s glam vibe we all love, just listen to the drums on “Gypsy Roller Theme”! Songs like “When She Comes Alive”, or “Simple Life” kinda modernize that good old glitter feel made of claps, reverb, hooks, and “yeahs!”, although you’ll still want to clap your hands and stomp your feet the old-school SLADE way! Just try and resist “Take It Back”! Well, Oscar Wilde once said “I can resist anything but temptation”…
Let’s hope this album will be as successful as GIUDA’s ones, and if you want to help with that, you can get the digisleeve CD version from French record label Alive and Kickin’. /Laurent C.

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The Backseat Angels “Saturday Night Shakes”

The BACKSEAT ANGELS, from Belgium aren’t famous yet, but when listening to their vintage sounding glammy powerpop, you can only admit that they do have good tastes in music. Opener “My Baby Wants To Brainwash My Mind” could have been a RAMONES song, while you’ll hear a bit of UNDERTONES in “Saturday Night” and in “Stupid Brats”, a bit of 60s garage in “Hard To Tame”/”This Is What I Get”, and even a slight rhythm & blues touch in “To Be a Better Man.”
Some strong 70s glam influences can also be heard in “Teenage Rock’n’Roller”, “Pick Up The Phone”, “Crazy Like a Fox”, or in “Peppermint Girl”, and we sure won’t complain about that!
This album is out on Rum Bar Records./Laurnet C.