Uber Rock: The Dustaphonics "Big Smoke London Town"
There are plenty of sisters out there doing it in the name of rock and roll and you can add the marvellous Dustaphonics to that long list. From the confident opening number 'The Message' this rock and roll combo get your toes a-tapping via some intense old school rock and roll and as unoriginal as it is it's still engaging and downright entertaining.
A good song is a good song regardless and there is no letting up as you're hit by one after the other. The guitars are surprisingly undistorted for a rock record (or just clean if you refer) but turned up loud and whilst the rhythm section has a full phat production the songs are led by the fantastic pipes of Hayley Red and, boy, can they turn in a wonderful racket!
There might be nothing original - in fact the songs are quite retro in construction - but there is a freshness on display on an album that is full to the brim of energy: even the instrumental was listenable, if it was a tad unnecessary.
There are elements of this record that remind me of Amelda May and for those who ever loved Johnny Thunders a certain Alison Gordy in the voice of Hayley Red. 'Rockin' Boogaloo', with its clean guitar, walks an uptempo Vintage Trouble path and pulls it off. Fans of VT will definitely find some parallels in this and plenty to identify with and enjoy.
'Don't Let The Devil Drive Your Car' is one of the best songs on offer with its uptempo beat and let's-have-a-good-time vibe and 'Back To Mono' carries on the vibe, but its the smouldering Delta Blues that shimmer on 'Fire Dance' that really works well, though it's crying out for some lyrics.
Before the record is drawn to a close 'Mojo Yar Bones' is ushered in and it might well be the best track on offer. To close this one out we have the acoustic guitars of 'Flesh And Blood' and as Hayley whispers the lyrics in your ear you can relax and float away.
All in all a decent effort and an album I did enjoy but I am slightly puzzled as to when you have a weapon in your musical armoury like Hayley Red's vocals why would you put a couple of instrumentals on a record that only has eleven tracks? Apart from that minor gripe I did enjoy and if you like any of the reference points and observations I've made then what are you waiting for?