Holy Crap! This puppy smokes.
If you like glam rock, you already know that singer Michael Monroe has A-list credentials. And when it comes to powering such a band, it doesn’t get much better than a band featuring Sami Yaffa on bass and both Ginger and Steve Conte on guitar. And while even I had to look up a guy called Karl Rockfist – because that’s just too great a last name for a drummer – I soon realized it was actually Karl Rosqvist, skin pounder for The Chelsea Smiles.
So if you think you’d like a band that combines Hanoi Rocks, The Dictators, The Wildhearts, The New York Dolls and The Sex Pistols, this one’s for you. and while the first album, the Jack Douglas produced Sensory Overdrive, isn’t out yet…Another Night In The Sun (Live In Helsinki) is. A combination of old favorites and covers, it kicks ass from the first note and proves that the band is as tight as it is talented. That might mean no Wildhearts or Dolls shows for a while, but I think we’ll survive.
“Me and the guys in the band decided to record a live album – something for the fans to have while they’re waiting for our actual studio album due to be release in the early part of (2011)…”
Video: “Nothin’s Alright”
We're coming to your town, we're gonna party it down
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I was a punk before you was a punk
The news five years ago was simultaneously exciting and daunting – not only were the New York Dolls going to perform at the Meltdown Festival per Morrissey‘s invite, but they would record some new songs together for the first time in over thirty years! Exciting because let’s face it – the Dolls were Too Much Too Soon and had their legs knocked out from under them by bad management, drugs, worse management, more drugs, and the curse of being the dead body that followers could cross over like a bridge. (Oh, and even more drugs.)
Johnny Thunders recorded L.A.M.F. with The Heartbreakers, an almost perfect punk album. David Johansen did what he does best – survive – releasing some solid solo works before being tempted by the (not Walter) lure of Buster Poindexter. Sylvain Sylvain quietly issued a couple of killer solo albums that really let his knack for catchy pop songs shine. (Syl is the Keith Richards of The Dolls – he runs the band and he keeps the lead singer honest). Listening to all that great music being made separately made one wonder what might have been…
And then, in 2006, we sorta knew. One Day It Will Please Us To Remember Even This was a statement album from the remaining members of the band, supported by ace replacements like Sami Yaffa from Hanoi Rocks and a 21st century Thunders in Steve Conte. Somehow the band defied time and captured the irreverance, the girl-group anthems, the humor and the punk swagger and forged it through a modern, literate filter to at once sound current and classic. Even the most skeptical Dolls fan had to be impressed. Combined with the DVD of the Meltdown performance and the poignant documentary on Arthur Kane, the New York Dolls were not only relevant again, but they were great. The album translated well to the stage, where a more polished band delivered the goods old and new night after night after night.
Now, three years and another live album later, we have Cause I Sez So, the new studio album. But as much as I’d love to say it’s a step forward, I can’t…
Read my review in Blurt Magazine.
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