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LACED IN LUST FIRING LINES EP REVIEW 2014

 

LACED IN LUST - FIRING LINES (EP)

AGAINST THE GRAIN RECORDS

OUT NOW 2014

 

 

Like every City in Australia Adelaide has its own Rock scene and every now and then you hear from a band that suggests that the City of Churches might just be a great place to visit to get some great local live music. A couple of years back we heard Laced in Lust’s first EP and here on the eve of a European Tour comes their second EP ‘Firing Lines’

 

Looking at the band you immediately think ‘Sleaze’ and while that period of Rock might not be the most popular genres of Rock out there at the minute when you hear it done as well as it is here  you can’t help but take notice, especially if you remember the scene at its peak in the late eighties. But looks can be deceptive and this EP shows there’s far more to LIL than simple labels. Opener ‘Rock You’ only tells part of the story with a laid back riff, great groove and a vibe that makes you instantly want to hear more.

 

The title track ‘Firing Lines’ that follows, opening with marching feet and sirens before the drums kick in followed by a stuttering riff that suggests an explosion is imminent, but instead the song itself takes a slower pace and ends up a rather refined atmospheric ‘almost-ballad’ that develops a groove that suggests that subtlety is not lost n ‘Laced in Lust’. There’s an almost kick-back punky pop snarl to the song that simply smoulders and ends up engraved on your brain.

 

The delicacy of ‘Over the Sea’ further defies stereotype to create a ballad which has me thinking of one of my favourite underground bands of the late eighties in L.A.’s Salty Dog - its bluesy chords and strummed refrain have you closing your eyes and reaching for the headphones. It’s as good a song as I’ve heard all year.

 

The punkier ‘Snakeskin Eyes’ seals things for me as a fan of the Hanoi Rocks – a punky firebrand of a song that vocally even has a little of Mike Monroe in it: this is a band I’m already wanting to hear a full-length outing from. Closer ‘I’m Alone’s stuttering guitar intro shows they can play it straight too, again it has that punky vibe and echoes of Finland’s finest: a rather great sleazy ditty to end.

 

Rock in Adelaide is obviously safe in these hands. An EP you need to hear.     

 

 

by Mark Diggins

 

LACED IN LUST FIRING LINES EP REVIEW 2014