Watts “The Black Heart of Rock-N-Roll”

Boston’s WATTS are bringing us a healthy dose of straight up rock’n’roll with this 10 song album. From AC/DC (“The Black Heart Of Rock’n’Roll”, “Strut (Like a Champ)”) to The STONES (“Sunset”) with an obvious AEROSMITH influence (especially in the vocals in songs like “Bring On The Lights” or “The B Side”), this is the kind of music that can only make your head and feet move ; and when WATTS decide to boogie, they deliver us “Up All Night”, all in groove and style.
These guys are also great at writing slower songs like “Bye & Bye”, bringing images of long and lonely car drives on never ending dusty American roads. WATTS sometimes put a bit of British glam rock in their American rock’n’roll (there’s a bit of The SWEET in “Fast & Loose”), so they can’t be wrong!
Rum Bar Records definitley have good tastes in rock’n’roll./Laurent C.

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3 Parts Dead “S/T” EP

3PDEP3 PARTS DEAD, from Boston, Massachusetts went through some line-up troubles before being able to offer us this 5 song EP full of modern heavy rock guitar riffs and hair metal influenced choruses. Fronted by a singer named Mike Patton, the band actually sounds more like WEDNESDAY 13 than FAITH NO MORE, dont’ let homonymy trick you!
“Feed” is the perfect in your face opener, and “Party Never Ends” is catchy enough to make you sing along, but “Everything To You” is probably the strongest song on here, mixing classic 80s hard rock melodies to punky rock’n’roll energy. “Tattoo’d Toy” has a bit of LOVE/HATE in it, and that’s fine with me, I’ll just probably skip “So Long Girl” every time I listen to this EP since I don’t understand why 80s metal influenced bands still write power ballads in 2014 (weren’t they just a way to get to MTV?)
Anyway, if you’re into modern sleaze rock like LIVING DEÄD LIGHTS, then you should definitely check 3 PARTS DEAD, they should be your next drug of choice!/Laurent C.