PAT TODD & THE RANKOUTSIDERS are back with a 16 track album (mine on beautiful pink vinyl!) on Hound Gawd! Records. Opening song “All The Years #1” is actually the first version of “All The Year” that was featured on “14th & Nowhere” and is definitely a great, faster version! You’ll be able to read notes about each song on the insert, which is a really cool thing. “Cheap Nostalgia” takes us not very far from DR.FEELGOOD‘s pub rock but you’ll still find the band’s own high energy punk rock’n’roll with a country touch in “The World Don’t Care & Neither Does She” or in “Nothing But Excuses”. “Read ’em & Weep” slows things down bringing Californian road images and DYLAN to mind. The country influences can clearly be heard in “To Get That Monkey Offf My Back” and you’ll also get to listen to a good cover of soul classic “Turn Back The Hands Of Time” (TYRONE DAVIS)! If you like your rock’n’roll with more guitar riffin’, then “Money’ will be the one for you and the band summons LITTLE RICHARD‘s spirit with “Little Jael”! Side 2 opens with “True Romance”, a great punk rock song full of melancholy just before the catchy rocker “I Will Lie To You.” “Theda #2” is another new version of an old song, originally faster, it has more of a ROLLING STONES vibe here. Guitarist Nick Alexander sings on “Hello To Mystery”, a cool punk rock song with a bit of DEAD BOYS and JOHNNY THUNDERS thrown in for good measure and then things slow down again with country ballad “Get Up On It”. While the record is almost coming to an end, you’ll get one of the best songs on it, ‘Way Deep Down In Your To Heart”, you’ll sure have the chorus of this one in your head after listening to it! The last song “They’re Wrong/Dead Wrong” slams the door shut in our faces punk rock style! This album should have been released earlier but got postponed because of the pandemic and the talented Richard Duguay re-mixed and mastered it. On more good reason for you to get it! /Laurent C.
Fifth album for Los Angeles rock’n’roller PAT TODD & THE RANKOUTSIDERS, and it is out (Vinyl + Download card) on Berlin record label Hound Gawd! Records again. “If Only I Could Fly Backwards In Time” starts on a JOHNNY THUNDERS note, but ex-LAZY COWGIRLS Pat Todd still has a bit of country punk side in his songwriting, especially in songs like “The Ballad Of Crystal Valladares”, “The Future Callin'” or in “Idle Time” . You’ll hear some honky tonk STONES influenced guitar riffs in “Call You On Sunday Night”, some catchy American rock’n’roll with fine melodies (“Run”) and some NY ’77 influenced punk rock’n’roll (“The Ring, The Bottle & The Gun”, “A New Pair Of Eyes”), but the bluesy side of the band shows more in “Down In Old Boerne”, “Yeah, Ya Had A Bad Night” or in the 60s/soul ballad “Any Other Way.””Goin’ Nowhere” brings The MODERN LOVERS to mind and a song like “Somewhere Down The Line” will stay in your head after listening to it for the first time! The album ends on a very emotional acoustic blues note with “Just Between You & Me.” If you’re looking for some real rock’n’roll, then no need looking further, ask Eddie Spaghetti! /Laurent C.
Former LAZY COWGIRLS front man PAT TODD is one of German record label Hound Gawd! Records’ favourite artists since it’s already the 4th release you can find on this fine rock’n’roll label. This double LP is a reissue of the PAT TODD & THE RANKOUTSIDERS debut album “The Outskirts Of Your Heart” (for the first time on vinyl.)
Songs on the first LP of “The Outskirts Of Your Heart” are pure rock’n’roll full of CHUCK BERRY/JOHNNY THUNDERS guitars, and songs like “No Place Like Home” or “All Night Rain/Restless Times” could have been on the first BLACK CROWES album. You’ll also find some tasty punk rock (“Just Another Stupid Guy”, “November 11th”,”Is My Last Chance Gone”, “Bad Memories, Poison & Regret”, “Why Don’t You Marry Me”…), and The ROLLING STONES influence can especially be heard in slower songs like “Your Heart, Your Soul & Your Ass”, or “Where Is She Now.”
The second LP concentrates more on PAT‘s acoustic rock/country roots with songs like “Thought I Saw My Future In A Little Gray Dress”, “Kendall County Blues”, “Give Me Back My Heart”, or the beautiful “It Was A Stupid Dream Anyway.” The shadow of KEITH RICHARDS and friends also wanders around here (“One Long Breakdown”, “I Wonder Why”, or “Go On – It Don’t Mean Nothin’ Anymore”), and a lot of these songs could be the perfect sountrack for a drive in the South of the US.
Listening to these two records make you think that PAT TODD‘s influence on a band like The SUPERSUCKERS has been more then obvious. Check it out by yourself! /Laurent C.
Real rock’n’roll has never been clean and polished, and Los Angeles’ underground rock’n’roll band the LAZY COWGIRLS knew that well. Their vocalist Pat Todd is back with this great looking vinyl record (even the download card looks killer!) on Hound Gawd! Records, 12 songs of pure, dirty rock’n’roll produced by former SPARKS guitarist Earle Mankey.
“Blood & Pressure” is full of American rock’n’roll references, from the 50s and 60s (“This Counterfeit World”, “Tell Me Now”, “Sugar Coated Love”) to blues (“Ole Fortune And Fame”, “Just Another Broken Day”) and country (“West Of Your Last Chance.”) You’ll even get some glammy touches in “Gone Are The Days” and “My Own Way”, a song that could have been on a NEW YORK DOLLS record, and a bit of punk rock in “Don’t Be Sellin’ Emptiness To Me.”
Some records are meant to be released on vinyl, and this is definitely one of them, one of the best rock’n’roll LP of the year so far!
This mix of rock’n’roll from different eras with a vintage spirit reminds me of the amazing NICK CURRAN who left this world way too early, and well, if things worked really well for The JIM JONES REVUE, why couldn’t it happen to PAT TODD & THE RANKOUTSIDERS? They breathe rock’n’roll and really deserve it!/Laurent C.