This very prolific Italian band is back with 8 new cover songs. Opening with a punk poppy version of “Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow” (The SHIRELLES), you can hear the same power pop and 60s influences as in their previous releases with good female vocals. “Calendar Girl”, a 1961 cover of Neil Sedaka gets into the boogie territory and The BEACH BOYS‘ “Don’t Worry Baby” actually brings The BOYS to mind with its catchy melody. You’ll also hear a good Italian version of “If I Had A Hammer” (“Dametti Un Martello”) and the Italian language also works really well in “Pugni Chiusi” and in “Quelli Della Mia Età”, a cool cover of Françoise Hardy‘s “Tous Les Garçons Et Les Filles.” You’ll also hear a cover of The McCoys‘ “Hang On Sloopy” and a personal version of The CHANTELS‘ “Maybe.” Nothing really new under the sun, but at least these covers sound good! /Laurent C.
The BEATERSBAND from Italy is back with a 4 song Christmas EP, opening with a RAMONES influenced ‘Frosty The Snowman” before bringing their 60s powerpop influences back with “Black Christmas” (in which the vocals sound more like modern pop punk) and “Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer.’ “Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree” takes us back to the 50s with its rockabilly beat and girl pop vocals. In these four songs, the band’s garage sound still mixes pretty well with the female vocals, bubblegum backing vocals and vintage guitars.
I’m not the biggest fan of Christmas records, but these songs sound good, and if you’re looking for one, this one might be for you! /Laurent C.
This Italian trio has decided to record eight 50s/60s rock’n’roll classics, and give them a new life with a rearranged powerpop sound, especially on their versions of ELVIS‘ “The Girl Of My Best Friend” or RITCHIE VALENS‘ “Donna.” Their cover of The CRYSTALS‘ “Then He Kissed Me” is probably my favourite on this album although “Do You Wanna Dance” (BOBBY FREEMAN) sounds great too. The last song should make you dance since it’s “Surfin’ Bird.” Nothing new under the sun, but a good summer album to listen to! /Laurent C.