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CHARM CITY DEVILS

SINS

2012

 

 

This may well just be up there with the best you will hear this year. CCD's debut took the sleazy end of Sunset Strip as its primary reference. Here they have managed to retain that same attitude whilst taking all the good parts from modern rock and discarding the debris. An important album for sure...

 

 

Charm City Devils may well have just produced one of the most exciting albums of the year combining influences from across the spectrum of rock and melding those with the best of modern rock. Not a lot of bands seem to get that balance right, but in ‘Sins’ I can see a band that will excite both traditionalists and younger rock fans.

 

 

Opening track ‘Spite’ has the sort of modern rock chorus that works, melded to a particularly dirty riff and guitar sound that cuts like a jagged edged knife. ‘Unstoppable’ is even better: just like (if you can imagine this) good Nickelback meets vintage Stone Temple Pilots, propelled by a driving vocal that won’t let up.

 

 

It’s an odd thing to say though that it’s a cover that really seals the deal but CCD’s version of that American Folk classic ‘Man of Constant Sorrow’ is a revelation. A beautiful song in its original form covered by many and here introduced as a distorted vocal over a driving bass before the guitar kicks in it just soars away. Amazing! I’m also glad to report that these guys kick it live too having seen them at Rocklahoma last month.

 

 

The rest of the album is shot through with quality that will keep it in the player and keep it in your mind.

 

 

As far as the sound goes imagine AC/DC originating in Atlanta rather than Melbourne there’s a certain simplicity and southern swagger here especially on stand-out tracks like ‘Devil is a Woman’.

 

 

Top class!

 

 

You can catch my interview with John Allen next week at the Rockpit.

 

 

Mark Diggins