This week we have a diverse collection of rock.
The Arrows‘ The Lines are Still Open is cheesy keyboard-laden 80s pop rock at its best. The singer sounds a bit like Billy Ocean fronting Toto at their poppiest. Not surprising since it actually comes from the 80s and is of its time. That said, high production values and clever songwriting add to its charm. You might have heard one track on here if you are of the right age, “Talk Talk”.
De La Cruz are another bunch of sleaze heavy rocker who channel Bulletboys, LA Guns and even Dangerous Toys. It is like grunge never happened on Street Level and I sure as hell ain’t complaining. Do they break any new ground? Hell no. I am sure this bunch would have it no other way. A perfect soundtrack to a night out where you drink too much and end up in places you shouldn’t.
Double Treat are about to drop Wander Thirst, which reminds me a bit of Joe Bonemassa’s solo stuff. It is that type of bluesy hard rock that suits the mood sometimes. Quite an enjoyable release that while maybe not setting the world on fire has enough charm to make it worth the listen. This bunch are a new lot and could be a band to watch. They certainly got the chops, let’s hope they can up the ante song wise.
Eldorado peddle a blues-infused brand of music that is not far off the Black Crowes with a touch of stoner rock on their release Antigravity Sound Machine. Considering these guys are Spaniards, the lead singer pulls it all off without a hint of accent. You really would have no clue these guys aren’t Americans. The hammond in “Like a Lost Child” really perks up the ears. All in all they are certainly a band that deserve an international airing.
Paris are a band that I have not heard of previously. They are actually French, so the name fits. This is their debut album, despite the band being from the 80s, as they never managed to lay anything down in that era. They play very 80s keyboard-laden rock and this could have been huge at the time. The album is called Only One Life and is all very upbeat. They are obviously well connected because the sleeves notes are filled with musicians of note in the world of AOR. Well done for their persistence and getting to see their stuff released.
Perfect Crime are better known as Blonde on Blonde, which also happens to be the name of their debut album. This release is another one from the 80s and has that Romeo’s Daughter/Allanah Myles vibe to it. Gritty gruff female vocals were big in hard rock circles back then and sure beat the modern whining indie version. This is great stuff that is hard not to like. And the music has stood the test of time far better than one might think. Would you believe Whitesnake-alum Don Airey and Bernie Marsden both played on this release?
Well on that slightly alluring note it is time to end this column. Stay safe and rocking out there this week.