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CD REVIEW AC ANGRY BLACK DENIM

AC ANGRY

BLACK DENIM

DUST ON THE TRACKS RECORDS

8 NOVEMBER 2013

 

 

BACK TO BASICS

 

 

With a name like AC Angry and titles like ‘Booze Horse’ and ‘Black Denim’ you might expect some aggressive back to basics hard rock and that’s exactly what AC Angry delivers. Compared by Metal Hammer to “…early Wonderfools coupled with desert riff grooves and a touch of late Turbonegro” I prefer to think of them as a prototype of Zodiac Mindwarp meets Motorhead.

 


Already out there on the live circuit supporting the likes of Michael Schenker and Saxon the band is certainly getting heard. Whilst songs like ‘Rock ‘N’ Roller Roller Rolla!’ might be a bit simplistic and ‘It’s Good to be Bad’ might suffer from the kind of lyrics last taken seriously in the lat seventies there’s no denying they have the material, especially in the case of the latter slow-burn of  ‘Good to Be Bad’.
So if you’re looking for a band that understands how to make music like this and is taking a different tact on the whole Seventies revival that’s happening at the minute where everyone else is looking to Sabbath – AC Angry might just be the band you need to check out.

 


AC isn’t a one trick show either and throughout the album they make great occasional use of keys and harmonica is composing their dirty barroom anthems like ‘You Got the Thirst – I Got the Booze’.
It’s not all plain sailing though: title track ‘Black Denim’ has one of those choruses you thought went out with the dinosaurs and one which Spinal Tap would almost certainly have reveled in. And that is either part of the charm or part of the unease – at times you’re not entirely sure if these guys aren’t a little unhinged, after all if they were tongue in cheek their relative subtlety sometimes works against them. All of which is of course pretty irrelevant to the enjoyment factor of songs like ‘Like a Riot’ which delivers the goods like they used to be delivered.

 


For a band with ‘AC’ in the title there is surprising little AC/DC in here, with only tracks like ‘Motor’ having hints of the antipodean masters but in truth owing far more to the likes of MC5. That too is refreshing when so many bands out there seem to default to AC/DC for their template. Check out songs like 'Hellrock Anthem' and 'Rocker' if you want to know what this party is all about.

 


This is a strong album – not stretching any musical boundaries, but managing to take the music we love back to a more basic level where vinyl and cassette tapes ruled and Black Denim was still legal to wear before dark.

 

 

 

Mark Diggins

 

CD REVIEW AC ANGRY BLACK DENIM 2013