Grand Royale “Breaking News”

Swedish rockers GRANDE ROYALE are back with a third album produced by Nicke Andersson (The HELLACOPTERS, IMPERIAL STATE ELECTRIC, ENTOMBED…), which only appears as logical since songs like “Brake Light”‘, or “Breaking News” sound quite similar to IMPERIAL STATE ELECTRIC and late HELLACOPTERS. GRANDE ROYALE shares a passion for 70s rock (especially early KISS), and Detroit proto-punk with these two bands, and it shows throughout “Breaking News”.
Groovy bass and melodic choruses on songs like “Devil’s Place”, or “I’m On The Loose” (and if you’ve been missing cowbell, then this song is definitely for you!) underline the 70s vibe, and the band sometimes gets close to US power pop in a CHEAP TRICK way on “Live With Your Lie”, or even sound almost grungy on “Daily Illustration.”
Fans of Scandinavian rock will love “Got to Move” and “R’N’R Business”, and there’s no doubt that “Breaking News” will be their new favourite album! /Laurent C.

Medicine Ball Caravan “Keep Goin’ ‘Til The Next Stop”

This second album is out 6 years after the band’ split! Singer Matt decided it would be a pity not to release these 8 songs, and had a few guests to help him and make it happen, including drummer Danny Fury (The LORDS OF THE NEW CHURCH, KILL CITY DRAGONS, VAIN, TANGO PIRATES…)
MEDICINE BALL CARAVAN is mostly influenced by 70s rock (“If I’m Lucky, I might Get Picked Up”, “Back Again”…), but also grunge, especially on songs like “Unleash The Dog” and “Girl” that sound like a mix of STONE TEMPLE PILOTS and ALICE IN CHAINS. The atmosphere gets close to BLACK SABBATH on “In Limbo”, harmonica and boogie drum beats add a good dose of dirty dusty rock’n’roll in “On The Road”, and “Will You Be There” definitely has a STONES touch.
If you weren’t familiar with these rock’n’rollers from Paris, then this album is a good occasion to change that. Moreover, if you want to get more into their music, their 2008 album “Crossing The Seas… Spreading The Sins” is being re-released by Alive and Kickin’ Records./Laurent C.
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Les Suzards – Sons of the Dogs

After reviewing their debut album out on Wanda Records, we decided to send a few questions to Les SUZARDS in order to know more about them. T Boy Stoogeling (vocals/guitar) tells us about the band’s history, French rock’n’roll, their last tour and influences…

Can you tell us a bit about the history of the band and this name choice? You’re sometimes called Les SUZARDS or The SUZARDS… Which one should we use?

Well the very begining was early 2013, I met Bibi (the drummer) and we started playing together, then, a few months after that, McFly (bassist) joined us, and so the band was born ! Then, we made an EP on Adrenalin Fix/ Barbarella Records, and now the LP is out…
We decided to call our band Les Suzards probably when we were drunk, don’t remember exactly, it’s a name made mixing two French alcoholic drinks, Suze and Ricard… You can use Les Suzards, I love the French touch of it, but The Suzards is funny because it of course doesn’t mean anything in english.

Your first album is out on German record label Wanda records. How did that happen?

Well he allready knew our band because he has our first EP for sale in his mailorder, thanks to Adrenalin Fix, so when I was looking for a label, I sent him an email, and he was ok to do it ! And that’s so cool, because he released bands i really like, Ricky C Quartet, Gaggers, La Flingue among others, and Monster is just an amazing guy!

Tell us a bit about the recording of the album…

It was recorded in Toulouse by Lo Spider, in three days it was almost all done, just had to do two additional session to add the piano on « Business Kids », acoustic guitar on « I Tell lies », that kind of stuff you know ? And I remade some voices on some songs, and of course, our friend Romeo from Rythm’n’blues band Les Grys-Grys played guitar on « Searchin’ », that was so cool ! Lo Spider also plays guitar on « You kill me », I think it helps to give different colours to the record. It was all recorded on analog equipement.

The DOGS influence is pretty obvious in your music. While it’s not rare to find foreign rock’n’roll bands who talk about the DOGS influence in their music, it’s quite rare to find French bands who do the same. Is there an explanation for this to you?

I don’t know… But I saw that many French people like to hate French bands haha… So maybe it’s part of the explanation? I’m personally a lot into French bands, there’s some very good stuff, Dogs, Little Bob, Coronados, Olivensteins, etc etc… But Dogs have the little something that makes the difference between a good band and a really great band, they are obviously more than a curiosity like « ho, a French band ! nice », they are part of rock’n’roll history, they have that strangeness, that little something you can’t explain that’s typical of every great and important band… Something magic, something special, something else, something else, something that’s rock’n’roll, something magic, something strange, something real, something that moves my soul…

Any other French rock’n’roll bands you like these days?

Hell yeah ! Asphalt from Toulouse, La Flingue, Sun Sick, Tomy and the Cougars all from Marseille, Cheap Riot from Paris, Scaners from Lyon, Les Grys-Grys from Montpellier, Avenue Z, Magnetix, Videodrome, Cockpit from Bordeaux, Dragster from Rennes (now Bruxelles) and I’m pretty sure I forgot some…

You were on tour on a few weeks ago. How was it? Places you’ve enjoyed the most? Any anecdotes?

LesSuzards02That was fucking amazing man !!! Really mind blowing !!! Except Italy that was not that good, we had very cool audiences, sometimes really packed, it was honestly fun everywhere, of course Germany is one of my favourite country to play, but Belgium, Netherlands, Croatia, France, it was cool everywhere !!! By the way, I wanna say thanks a lot to our driver Jojo who did an awesome job on the tour. Anecdotes, well there’s a lot, you know, drinking, doing drugs, playing in a band, there’s like hundreds of anecdotes haha, Amsterdam speed is very good, Zagreb weed is very strong, Bruxelles audience is so cool, we met so many incredible and nice people !!!

5 albums you couldn’t live without?

Well, “Funhouse” by The Stooges, it’s probably my favourite album ever ; Dogs “Too Much Class For The Neighborhood”, a fantastic and underrated album ! “Crack In The System” by Dead Moon, I’m a huge fan of Dead Moon and Fred Cole’s bands in general, that album is my favourite, listen to the song « Unknown passage », always blows my mind… “Radios Appears” by Radio Birdman, of course !!! Fantastic band, incredible record, it got everything : Detroit like energy, 60’s garage influence, surf references, Blue Oyster Cult strangeness like on “Secret Treaties”… Then maybe “5th Dimension” by The Byrds, one of my favourite bands ever, but I could pick “Forever Changes” by Love as well… It’s hard to stay with only 5 records haha

Thoughts about the 40th Anniversary of Punk?

That’s corporate bullshit. Who gives a fuck ?

What’s next for the band?

We just recorded new songs after the tour, we have a pair of festivals this summer, a French tour would be nice, Spain again and Portugal, and Germany I hope, next year probably.

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The No Tomorrow Boys “Bad Luck Baby Put The Jinx On Me”

No-Tomorrow-BoysI was expecting some ’77 punk rock when I first saw the cover and name of the band, but The NO TOMORROW BOYS sound more like 50s rock’n’roll on speed (“A-Bomp Bop”, “Rosie Rose”…) mixed to The SONICS and GUITAR WOLF!
Their biography introduces them as “the rabid lovechild of LITTLE RICHARD and The CRAMPS“, and songs like “Animal Eyes”, “I Wanna Lot (Not A Little)”, or “Burnin’ Up” won’t prove this wrong.
70s glam punk a la HOLLYWOOD BRATS is sometimes not far in a song like “Teen Dream, and JIM JONES REVUE/NICK CURRAN fans will love “Rovin’ Man Blues”,”Firecracker” and “Shy.” This sometimes get a bit wild and chaotic (“Hey Babe (I Wanna French Kiss You)”, “Cadillac Negro”), but that’s all part of the fun!
Although, The NO TOMORROW BOYS sound more like a live band to me, it’s nice to hear some raw, unpolished, unclean rock’n’roll on a record in this Protools over editing age. Maximum Rock’n’Roll!/Laurent C.
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Billy Miles Brooke “All Dressed Up… and Nowhere to Go”

billymilesbrookeAfter reviewing 80s Sunset Strip band TRAGIC ROMANCE’s CD a couple of weeks ago, it appears as logical to talk about this album as Billy Miles Brooke was actually their singer. This is not a new release, it’s actually from 2008, but the fact is that this record obviously didn’t receive the attention/promo it deserved, so it’s never too late to give these 10 songs a second birth…
From opening song “Queen Of The Stardust Ball”, you can feel that Billy probably owns more than a couple of STONES and FACES records. The guitars and piano also make the comparison with The QUIREBOYS and early BLACK CROWES as obvious. Billy’s vocals stay on the glammy side, evoking BOWIE and BOLAN at times.
Songs like “The Lights On Lonely Blvd.” even have a bit of CULT thrown into them while “Tears and Wine” or “Midnight Rain” are the kind of slide guitar oriented ballads The ROLLING STONES could have written.
There’s some great catchy songs on this album: “All Wound Up”, “Around The World”, “Tearin’ Up The Town” or “Moonlight Boogie”, and that’s just another reason for every rocker into this kind of 70s rock’n’roll to check this album out!/Laurent C.