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CD REVIEW THE DEAD DAISIES

THE DEAD DAISIES

THE DEAD DAISIES

SPITFIRE MUSIC

2013

 

 

CLASSIC AUSTRALIAN ROCK 'N' ROLL

 

 

An Australian band that truly understands and appreciates Classic Rock and Roll… Listening to an album like this restores your faith in the local scene; it’s as simple as that.

 


Now you may well have heard of Australia’s Dead Daisies if you live in the US as they recently played a string of dates on the ‘Rockstar Energy Tour’; and if you’re in the UK you may have heard them playing a show near you recently or be going to check them out (the tour is on at the moment and runs till December 15). Sadly if you live down-under where protagonists Jon Stevens and David Lowy call home they may have passed you by unless you heard the lead single Lock ‘N’ Load released earlier in the year featuring none other than Slash!

 


What you get here is twelve tracks of pure rock and roll featuring the astonishing voice of Jon Stevens (or Noiseworks and INXS fame) and if you thought you’d heard him at his best the reality is that this is probably the best he has ever sounded.

 


Starting out with the combustible ‘It’s Gonna Take Time’ you can’t help but feel this one is going to be special, and that is validated almost immediately by ‘Lock ‘N’ Load’ which follows. It’s a start that you wonder if the band can sustain and the answer comes in track three ‘Washington’ which after many listens is probably still my pick of the bunch. Taking it down a notch Dead Daisies venture into the territory early Black Crowes exploited so fully – there’s the spirit of bands like Free and Bad Company via Foreigner and The Faces in those grooves making it a Classic Rock lover’s dream.

 


The rest of the album too stands up to scrutiny from the laid back ‘Yeah Yeah Yeah’ through the mid tempo ‘Writing on the Wall’ which reels you in slowly; and the compelling and faster-paced ‘Bible Row’ which even has a touch of Australia’s Angels somewhere in there all the way to the funkier ‘Tomorrow’.
The real gold though is in numbers like the slower ‘Yesterday’ which sees Jon at his most soulful and has some wonderful rambling guitar. There’s also ‘Miles in Front of Me’ which sounds like a big Summer hit waiting to happen and of course the big hitters ‘Washington’ and ‘Lock ‘N’ Load.

 


It’s a wonderful album for lovers of classic rock and the best possible introduction to a band that deserves to be heard and played loud!

 

 

Mark Diggins

 

CD REVIEW THE DEAD DAISIES 2013