Another week, another pile of discs to ponder. There have been a few that have been on the wobble as to their inclusion. One I could have included is from a group called The Last Tibetan Midnight that seems to sound like a combo of Modern English and the Beach Boys. Interesting and catchy, but not very hard rock.
Joe Perry: Have Guitar, Will Travel.
Rumor has it that Perry & Steven Tyler have patched up their differences and are touring this summer as Aerosmith. So, you might be forgiven for seeing the bust-up as a PR stunt. One to raise interest in Aerosmith and by implication this solo album of Perry’s. But that would be terribly cynical of me surely?
After all the smoke and mirrors, what it boils down to is that Joe Perry has released a decent solo album that won’t rival any Aerosmith record for sales. It"s Perry expanding his horizons a bit and having a whale of a time. While there is no “Let the Music do the Talking” level of hit from this release (later covered by Aerosmith), it's good fun just the same. To add to the hype Perry chose his lead singer via the Journey-approved scouring YouTube approach. The CD is given away to subscribers of the UK’s Classic Rock Magazine in the UK.
The guy has the chops to keep up with the licks and does a decent job keeping up with Perry. If you enjoy a talented guitarist having some fun with his mates, then this release could be just up your alley. Is this an essential release? Not by a long shot. Is it one you will enjoy? Probably.
King Hell: Rhythm & Bruise
This band produces some damn good, pub heavy rock that seems familiar from the first listen. They take every instinct of every good pub band and combine it into something very pleasant. The lead singer looks like Judas Priest’s Rob Halford, but the music is pure heavy rock. There is a touch of AC/DC, Rose Tattoo, and Hanoi Rocks, yet they hail from the east coast of the U.S..