Good to hear from Chicago’s I LOVE RICH, it’s been a while! And even better to hear that they are keeping the flame of dirty glam rock’n’roll alive! When your opening song is called “Rock’n’Roll Is Gonna Burn”, you’re pretty sure it’s going to rock and it does. This song has a bit of Scandinavian rock’n’roll in it while “God’s Gift To Women” is more classic American rock’n’roll with a good heavy rock guitar riff and a big chorus. If you love KISS then “Rock And Roll Sex Cult” will probably be your favourite track and glam metal fans will sure headbang to “Paid In Sex” and “The Right To Remain Sexy.” Songs like “Rock And Roll Conspiracy”, “Rock And Roll Riot” or “Revolution In My Pants” could be on the playlist of every TURBONEGRO fan and “King Of Rock And Roll” and “Make Out City” might not change the face of music but they won’t fail at making you rock and party! Have a good time all the time? These guys sure know about it! /Laurent C.
“Even CRIMINAL KIDS are capable of doing something nice sometimes”….
That’s very right since these 4 live songs were recorded in Chicago to raise money for the band’s home base Liars’ Club. CRIMINAL KIDS play hot and sweaty in your face punk rock’n’roll sometimes reminding of NASHVILLE PUSSY. Songs like “Little Bitch” or “Outcast” will make you wish you could be headbanging at one of these guys’ gigs. You won’t really get any big choruses or hooks but lots of energy and sleazy guitar riffs. This is fast and hard! You’ll hardly get enough time to be able to breathe and a band like JUNKYARD will come to your mind while listening to “Vanity.” The full version of this rawk’n’roll live performance can also be watched on YouTube. /Laurent C.
Italian TV is a new collaboration between old friends. Tony Manno (The Black Oil Brothers/Dusty Curbside) and TAFKAVince are longtime friends and former bandmates. Both having busy lives rarely find time to see each other. To remedy this situation they decided to set aside some time to get together and catch up under the guise of writing songs. After a couple meetings the first song was written.
“Straight To Me” is an acoustic song in the vein of Suicide Twins and The Jacobites while “Move On” almost sounds psyche rock.
More info: https://italiantv.bandcamp.com
Chicago’s JOLLYS have just released a new 3 song EP released by Australian record label Salty Dog. “Cosmic Heels” is a glam rock song with lots of reverb and a garage rock production. The songs sounds a bit like a dirtier version of GIUDA, contemporary glitter rock with 70s roots. “It’s You” will take you to the 60s with its cool psych pop vibe. It brings bands like The DANDY WARHOLS or The BRIAN JONESTOWN MASSACRE to mind. The third song on here, “I Don’t Mind” sounds as if it was taken right from the 70s, with a bit of an ALICE COOPER feel. Short but really sweet! But guess what? The band has also released “Sweet Freak”, their debut full length album in October (released on cassette by Dumpster Tapes), and you’ll hear 10 songs in the same vein, with more glam punk influences in songs like “Dolls”, “Waste Of Time”, “I Don’t Wanna Take You Home”, or “Be A Punk.” /Laurent C.
The punk’n’roll scene has been quite quiet lately, and this can appear as surprising since bands like NASHVILLE PUSSY, SUPERSUCKERS or ELECTRIC FRANKENSTEIN were everywhere in the mid 00s. Hailing from Chicago, CRIMINAL KIDS is part of a new wave of American punk rock’n’roll bands although they actually started in 2008, but got back to life last year. The songs are played with some wild 70s punk energy, with classic hard rock solos, and “Outcast” even has some early GUNS N’ ROSES flavour to it. The sleaze rock side of the band can also be heard in “Night”, which reminds me a bit of CRACK COUNTY DAREDEVILS.
6 songs out on vinyl and released by Spaghetty Town Records! /Laurent C.
NORWOOD PARK ALL STARS are back with 13 new songs on this second album. If you haven’t heard about them before, this band is composed of members of various punk/glam bands from the North of Chicago (the 80s Norcore scene.) The first two songs (“Parting Seas” and “Double Talk”) have a little Jello Biafra feel to them, “Not Thinking” is a catchy punk rock song with a rockabilly beat, and “Funk Face” mixes a dark verse with an anthemic glitter rock chorus. The glitter/glam influences can also be heard in “2222 Much”, reminding of The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Up tempo songs like “Right To Say”, “The Same”, or “Put You Out” sometimes get close to 80s American hardcore, and each song sounds like the musicians really have fun playing them, whether they sound punk, glam or rockabilly (“Rockability”), and that’s partly why this new record is very enjoyable to listen to!
This CD comes out in a cool digifile in a jeans pocket! /Laurent C.
The unusual format of this CD packaging makes it interesting from the start since it fits very well the comic book illustration cover art. It is a compilation of songs of the mid-80s Norwood Park (Chicago) glam/punk scene. BLUE EYED PASTIE WHITES opens the record with a great glam rock song “Coulda Woulda Shoulda”, followed by The TARGADENS‘ “Funk Face” that also has strong 70s glitter influences. “The Addiction” and “Danish Home Girls” by CHERRY BOY have a great ROXY MUSIC/70s ENO vibe with sax and cool arrangements while THROTTLE BODY‘s “23 (Listen For It”) sounds as wild and snotty as a DEAD BOYS song. You’ll also get some hints of American new wave with “Jumpstart” by VAGIANT, and even some funky groove with The SUPREME HUSTLE. It’s a mystery why some of these bands didn”t get any bigger… When you think about it, a song like”129″ by The CEILING INSPECTORS is not that different from early NO DOUBT! Powerpop fans will love The BLACK HERMITS‘ “Watershed” and if you’re more into rockabilly/country/blues influenced stuff, then you’ll get into The CHOCITA BANDITS, CRINKUM CRANKUM, The GADDERWALLS, PATRON TAINTS or PUSS ‘N BOOTS. BACKYARD PROWLERS have a bit of a cryptic blues CRAMPS-like feel, The OUTER RING and LIL JOE & The HOSSTONES are more sci-fi garage/soundtrack, BREAK & ENTER could fit in the death rock scene, and on the punk/hardcore side, you’ll find HELLSTORM with “Something Special”, TURA, GOD MONSTER FLATS and The CHATTERERS (although their song “Scream Blackula Scream” sounds darker.)
27 songs might be a bit long, but this compilation is an interesting document, they weren’t meant to last, but bringing these bands to a wider audience is largely deserved. Better late then never! /Laurent C.
“Luck” The Artist Formally Known As Vince Band, Single Series Vol. 2, wherein TAFKAVince band records a single in a city, studio or with a person who has been an influence.
“For Vol. 2 we chose the great city of Chicago. That might seem like an unlikely choice as it is our hometown, but Chicago is a huge influence on what we do and who we are. Surprisingly it is also the first time we have recorded in Chicago since our 2002 album “At Last”. We took a guerrilla approach this time. We decided to try to get a single out as fast as possible. A call to our friend Anthony Maietta and within a few days we were in his Old Coachie studio for 2 quick nights to knock out the song.”
Art by D. Elia being created over the same few days. All immediately shipped off to be pressed. The digital single hits stores and streaming services on Nov. 3 with a flexidisc postcard to be released a soon thereafter.