The Hip Priests “Those Fuckin’ Boys – A Decade Of Disdain”

This CD/double vinyl compilation celebrates 10 years of debauchery and nihilism with 27 high energy punk’n’roll songs. UK punk influences collide with TURBONEGRO in order to create some explosive garage rock’n’roll chaos (“Juiced Up ‘N’ Loose”, “Make War Not Love”, “Jesus Died So We Could Ride”, “Mystical Freaks”…), fast street punk (“Black ‘N ‘Blue”, “I’m A Fuckin’ Genius”, “Saints Of Excess”…) and dirty glam influenced anthems (“Sha Na Na Na Nihilist”, “Woe Is Me”…) Their love for 70s glam rock can also be heard in ROXY MUSIC‘s classic cover “Do The Strand”, and in their version of ALICE COOPER‘s “It It My Body.” You’ll also hear a bit of MISFITS in “Welcome To The Garage Dump”, or in “Children Of The Execution.”
Listening to songs like “Spasm Gang”, “Raised On Rage”, Love Is The Drugs”, or “Golden Black” makes you think that The HIP PRIESTS must be quite a wild live band!
The “Last Motherfuckers Left Alive?”, well, while the high energy punk rock’n’roll scene sadly has been quite quiet these last years, you can still count on The HIP PRIESTS…1, 2,3, Go! /Laurent C.

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The Breakdowns “Rock ‘N’ Roller Skates”

TheBreakdowns2I don’t know much aboutThe BREAKDOWNS, but their Facebook page says they started in 2005, in Nottingham, UK! 11 songs full of cool influences such as CHEAP TRICK, TOM PETTY, or The NEW YORK DOLLS.
Whether their power pop gets close to glam rock’n’roll (“Rock City Limits”) or catchy in a CHEAP TRICK way (“Off The Record”), it never gets wrong! Even when they get into the teenage pop punk territory (“Mainline Waiting”), these guys bring the best out of the style, reminding me of the great AMERICAN HEARTBREAK!
You’ll even find a bit of MINK DEVILLE in “It Ain’t Over”, some STONES guitars in “Sweet Pamela Jane”, and a 60s flavoured ballad (“It’s Only Love.”) The RAMONES influence can mainly be found in the last song “Stick ‘Em Up Buddy!”, and this one will definitely stick to your mind!
You know you want it, so get your slice of heartbreak rock’n’roll!/Laurent C.

The Hip Priests “Black Denim Blitz”

HipPriestsI think the last time I’ve heard a band using sirens as an intro was on the first TOWERS OF LONDON album! Well, The HIP PRIESTS hail from the UK too and also seem to have decided to carry the torch of sex, drinks and rock’n’roll come hell or high water. Musicwise, they are more into high-energy rock’n’roll/Scandinavian punk’n’roll, sometimes evoking early HELLACOPTERS/TURBONEGRO (“Motherfucker Superior”, “Flat Out ‘N’ Fucked Up”) ; names like ELECTRIC FRANKENSTEIN or GLUECIFER also logically come to mind while listening to these 13 amphetamine injected songs. A song like “Good Things Come To Those Who Hate” makes me think of Australian punk rock’n’roller SIMON CHAINSAW or American/German action rock warriors DUMBELL, and “20,000 Watts Of Lust” sounds like it was written for a jam with NASHVILLE PUSSY.
These guys seem to be quite active since they released a total of five 7″s last year (including a split with The DWARVES), and “Black Denim Blitz” is actually their third album!
This kind of rock’n’roll has always been more of a “live” one to me, but songs like “Instant Delinquent” or “Treat Me Like Dirt” show that it can sound as good on record.
Praying to the Saints of Excess, these Black Denim Demons probably have full support from Turbojugend worldwide already, and will probably rock your town sooner or later, get ready!… /Laurent C.

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