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BLUES PILLS LIVE AT ROCKPLAST HARD ROCK CD REVIEW

ADMIRAL SIR CLOUDESLEY SHOVELL

CHECK 'EM BEFORE YOU WRECK 'EM

RISE ABOVE RECORDS

APRIL 15 2014

 

 

If you like your rock greasy like they used to make it with scant regard for image, polish or god-forbid, fashion, then this throwback to another time makes music like they used to when bands like Motorhead and Budgie ruled the roost!

 

Admiral you see is a band that time forgot, a band that plays in dirty jeans on a shoestring budget, men and instruments shoehorned into the back of a transit van, fuelled on booze, cigs and weed. They play unaffected balls-out rock and roll the way god surely intended.   

 

With a 7” leading the way, the first we heard of them was 2012’s LP ‘Don’t Hear It… Fear It’ and this year’s ‘Check ‘Em Before You Wreck ‘Em’ is as solid as that debut, just as greasy, boozy and clouded with smoke. It’s music that people might just be a little scared off and feels a whole lot more ‘real’ than 99% of those riding a nostalgia-fuelled retro trip. This frightening might really be what it was like in the olden days…

 

‘Do It Now’ that opens up pretty much says it all, a chunky riff, bubbling bass and vocals that sound like Lemmy with the years stripped back and a little more finesse. It’s hard, heavy and lumpy in parts, tick as treacle and stodgy as 70’s school dinners – but cool as hell. If you grew up on a diet of early Quo, Budgie, Sabbath and Motorhead then you will appreciate the dark artery-clogged heart that this comes from.

 

Dive into the album and you’ll find it’s a trip like you always wanted but never quite got: ‘2 Tonne Fuckboot’ and the title track are great places to start if you want to dip your toe in – both are vintage rockers but ones which show the diversity of the band that revels in Budgie-like time signature changes and yet manage to carry off a one-guitar sound as well as anyone.

 

This is a quality album I found myself listening through several times and while a few tracks stood out, it's one of those albums that really feels like a 'whole'. Recommended for anyone that really wants to know what it was like back in the day.

 

 

 

by Mark Diggins

 

BLUES PILLS LIVE AT ROCKPLAST - HARD ROCK ALBUM REVIEW 2014