The idea of recording a few cover songs appeared when Steve was recording for his album “Recovered From My Past” and jamming on The STONES “Dead Flowers.” Mattias Johannsen from TRENCH DOGS joined in and they gave a new birth to this all time rock’n’roll classic. “Poison Heart” (Dee Dee Ramone) is a great choice for a cover song and here it sounds closer to Stiv Bators version than the RAMONES one. Steve has always wanted to do his own version of the BAY CITY ROLLERS‘ “Saturday Night” so this EP was the perfect occasion for it. You’ll also find two acoustic versions of somgs that are on Steve’s album : “Yesterday’s Man” and “Life Ain’t No Bed Of Roses.” Check it out! /Laurent C.
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Steve Vincent “Recovered From My Past”
This is the debut solo album of PARADISE ALLEY‘s frontman Steve Vincent. Steve is also the host of Steve Vincent’s Mystery City, a great radio show with lots of glam punk and sleaze rock. This album was recorded the DIY way from demos that could have been used for PARADISE ALLEY with the help of a few musician friends from around the world (Steve Conte, Ben Marsden, Andy Christie, Matthias Joannsen, Rhoades D’Ablo, Alex Holmes, Danny McCormack, Miqu December and Matt “JD” Connor”) “Yesterday’s Man” opens the album in a STIV BATORS way before “All I Wanna Do” delivers straight rock’n’roll with a cool catchy chorus. It sounds a bit like a heavier version of The QUIREBOYS. “Last Train To Babylon” is about Steve’s experiences in New York while touring in the US and it has a bit of a THROBS flavour and “Can’t Bring Me Down” is a dark rock’n’roll song about psychological and physical abuse. “Falling” reminds me of late 80s/early 90s British glam bands while “Life Ain’t No Bed Of Roses” brings HANOÏ ROCKS to mind. Miqu (PLASTIC TEARS) shares vocals on “Fortune Wheel”, one of the catchiest songs on the album and “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart (Again)” is not a power ballad despite its title but a heartbroken heavy rock’n’roll song. The STIV BATORS influence is also obvious in “Sleepwalking” and the record ends with a beautiful heartfelt tribute to PARADISE ALLEY‘s first drummer Richie Hale who passed away in 2012. Sometimes solo albums are just ego trips but “Recovered From My Past” is the kind of solo album in which you’ll find lyrics and music from the heart, a real rock’n’roll therapy! /Laurent C.