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AUGUST 26 2014



With a decent bluesy, almost at times early Faster Pussycat-like swagger and a dirty vocal that isn’t a million miles away from what might happen if you merged Steven Tyler with Tom Keifer - Cold Shot seems to have a lot going in their favour and recall some of the best underground Sunset Strip bands of the late eighties – and we all know damn well how many great bands didn’t make it while other more ‘saleable’ but less talented bands flourished in that scene.


Starting off with the one-two punch in the form of ‘Juicy Lucy’ and ‘Foolish Pride’ it’s clear that if the eighties Sunset Strip was your thing, then you’re in safe hands here. ‘Cold Shot’ itself that follows isn’t quite the song the openers are but it’s good enough to suggest the band warranted serious interest. Perhaps the most impressive song here though is ‘No Time’ which really does suggest bigger things.


Oddly and I’m pretty sure it’s an error in the review copy ‘Give Me What I Need’ that follows seems to be a mash of that song and ‘No Time’ making it a difficult listen, the same with ‘Mine All Mine’ – what sounds like another fine song but with a  shot of ‘No Time’ surfacing again in two separate spots. It’s an annoying thing to review around as it really breaks the flow of what could be the best three tracks here…


Half way in like so many other bands of the era I’ve discovered over the years it’s hard to see why Cold Shot didn’t get that deal,  until you read about the timing – and see them as yet another casualty at the feet of ‘Grunge’.


Still with  the groove of ‘Heart of the City’ even at their most derivative Cold Shot holds their own – though in truth ‘Heart…’ just sounds like so many other bands it’s cool enough but too indistinct unlike some of the earlier tracks here. You might level the same accusation at ‘Long Legs’ too but the early Motley meets Quiet Riot vibe actually works quite well.


The final three tracks are just as good: with a lighter “Poison meets Van Halen” feel to ‘Captured’ which is perhaps their most commercial offering; the ballad ‘Without Your Love’ which is good, not great and the final word ‘Higher’ recorded for Brad Pitt’s first indie movie and was co-written by Carlos Cavazo of Quiet Riot.  


20 Years on this still sounds great.

Adam Murray - Vocals
Anthony Gallo - Guitars
Erin Bartley - Bass
Rikki Baggett - Drums




by Mark Diggins