Tommy Ray! “First Hits Free”

The CRY‘s lead singer is back with a first solo album on red vinyl released by German record label GADM. Opening song “Ain’t No Use” starts with a EDDIE AND THE HOT RODS vibe before “Life Goes On” and “Good Luv – Gone South” both bring us back to The CRY‘s first album with some fine power pop and good songwriting. “Hey Susanne” brings The CLASH to mind while “Coming Back” and “Tuesday Girl” get into the 50s/60s rock’n’roll territory. The early British punk influence can also be heard in “Take A Chance”, “Trouble” (quite a catchy glam punk chorus!) and in “Voices” and its amphetamine fueled beat and snotty vocals. The British 70s pop intro of “No Better” and its LIBERTINES guitars bring more variety to the album and displays an interesting musical direction. The last song, “Bored & Young” will probably remind you of The EXPLODING HEARTS if you were into them, and would also have made a great title for this cool record.
Tommy wasn’t on the last THE CRY European tour, so let’s hope we’ll see him play this album live this year! /Laurent C.

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Rock is Alive and Well Vol.1/Vol.2

It might not be all over the big media, but rock’n’roll is still alive, and it’s not only played by grumpy old men! That’s what “Rock is Alive and Well” is all about…. Two digital compilations with great contemporary rock’n’roll bands you might have already read about on this website, or in other webzines/blogs.
In Vol.1, you’ll find two songs by The SWEET THINGS ( (“Through The Cracks of The City” and “Cocaine Ass Licker Blues”) who deliver some dirty glammy rock’n’roll somewhere between the NEW YORK DOLLS and early BLACK CROWES with a touch of THROBS thrown in, the kind of bands we all need nowadays!
The TIP, from Nashville TN play 70s bluesy rock’n’roll influenced by AEROSMITH and The STONES, and the two songs on here, “Love Me Er’y Woman” and “The Drip” (this one has a bit of The CULT “Electric” era in it) will definitely make you want to hear more.
“Sleeping Alone” and “Shakin'” both confirm that The CRY is one of the best power pop bands around, and it makes us think that they would probably be bigger already if they were a British band.
French band MEDICINE BALL CARAVAN offers us two songs from their second album, “Will You Be There” and “On The Road”, think hard rock’n’roll with a bit of Southern rock and grunge touches.
The last band on this first part of the compilation is L.A.’s best 70s glam rock’n’roll act, SMASH FASHION. If you haven’t checked them out yet, then “Marionette” and “You Love To Suffer” should make you run and order their records!
Volume 2 opens with two tracks from CREEM CIRCUS from Philadelphia, “Riff Mountain” sounds like a classic rock song you could hear on some US radio, but “Teenage Rules” has a good glammy vibe. London’s TANGO PIRATES (with Danny Fury from ROGUE MALE, LORDS OF THE NEW CHURCH, VAIN, KILL CITY DRAGONS… and Dave Tregunna (LORDS OF THE NEW CHURCH, SHAM 69, THE CHERRY BOMBZ, etc.)) offer us two songs from their album “Danger! Children at Play”: “Ghost Ship Bar Blues”, and “Dark Star”, a song dedicated to Stiv Bators. The LORDS ‘soul definitely wander around these songs.
“Mojo Motor City Queen” and “Save Me”, from The NASTY THINGS (NYC) gives us a good dose of sleaze rock, reminding me of CRYSTAL PISTOL at times, quite a good surprise!
Speaking of surprises, it seems like TATTOOED MILLIONAIRES are back, and we won’t complain when listening to “Subsonic” and “Next Big Thing”, two cool Hollywood rock’n’roll songs. MINK DAGGERS closes this compilation with some high energy punk rock’n’roll in which you’ll also find traces of early AC/DC.
Are you looking for some new kick ass rock’n’roll? Then these two compilations are for you!/Laurent C.

(Available on CD Baby, iTunes, Spotify, Deezer, Amazon Mp3…)