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CD-Review-Snew-Whats-It-To-Ya-Aug2012

 

SNEW
What’s It To Ya
Maman Music, 2012

 

 

By Shane Pinnegar

 

SNEW are back, blazing burnouts through the parking lot, hopped up on strong liquor and Accadacca albums, cranking their shit up to eleven.

 

“What’s It To Ya” sees new bassist Willie Basse on board – a veteran of Sunset Strip legends Black Sheep alongside Slash, who has also worked with DJ Ashba and George Lynch, Basse’s playing alongside drummer Mark Ohrenberger is as solid as an office block’s foundations, giving SNEW 2012 even more punch.

 

Curtis Don Vito leads from the front as usual, tearing it up with a second-generation Bon Scott-esque throaty roar, at times lending itself the Southern edge of Jackyl’s Jesse James Dupree. He’s brash and full of bravado, all mirrored shades, tight pants and attitude to burn, screaming out in the title track chorus “glory glory halla SNEW ya” – in short, just what you want from a frontman!

 

Andy Lux’s guitar playing is great throughout, he’s confident enough to use Angus & Malcolm Young as his reference point, but textured and diverse enough to be far more than a mere copyist.

 

Opener Release The Beast lays down the template here – heads down rock n’ roll with verve and spunk as the order of the day. I Got a Rocket, Pull My Stinger and Electrolux all follow in the fine AC/DC – KISS tradition of double entendre-filled hard rockers with a nudge and a wink, helped along by the fact that they’re all great songs with some great playing.

 

You won’t be able to miss Tearing Up Your City as it roars through the speakers like an amphetamine-fuelled bullet train, and album closer All Over You could have sat comfortably on “Let There Be Rock”.

 

Snew never disappoint, and “What’s It To Ya” is another great slab of hard rock from the boys that deserves your attention.

 

 

Review posted 24 August 2012