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ANGUS KHAN

BLACK LEATHER SOUL

When the opening track hits I immediately wonder if Bon Scott is singing with a biker band and someone has found the lost recordings or his death was faked. It's as close to that voice as I've heard in a long time. To start with a cover is always a little gamble, on one hand it allows you to sample the sound of a band applied to a familar song, though I'm guessing these days classic Alex Harvey isn't that well known.

Bon is still with us on Call Me Motherfucker: the band sound like Iggy and the Stooges playing AC/DC with the early Damned and the MC5. It's a ramshacke punkified garge version of early AC/DC and it sounds fucking great!

3 tracks in I am absolutely convinced that this will be a cover of the AC/DC classic Big Balls. it's not, which is at once disappointing and a relief. So many bands strive for that AC/DC feel that to hear a band that has managed to grab a barbaric garage/punk take on the sound is a little refreshing.

The guys in Angus Khan come with some pedigree and have been around the block but here they seem to have put together something a little special. If you don't love AC/DC or the MC% or the Stooges then it is probably safe to say that you won't get much out of this album. But conversely who doesn't love AC/DC? When they hit Australia virtually everyone I know is going...

The rest of the album keeps to pretty much the same template. There's nothing out and out speed on here it's all medium-high tempo stuff. Dirty-D tones down the Bon Scott-alike voice after the first few songs and he sounds a lot like a cross between the singer from Cirus of Power and Paul Stanley from Kiss.

Some of my favourite songs like Scene Bitch (Circus of Power?) and Silver and Green (Zodiac Mindwarp/Hawkwind?) could sit comfortably on any number of albums by any number of groups but all have a distinctive bass and guitar sound that makes them Agus Khan's own.

Bop City is pretty much the odd track out here in that it shouts out 'hey let's be commecrial for a moment' rather than sticking to its guns, but if this is as close to commercial as we get we're safe it sound like the Ramones at their most sanitised. It's worth the experiment but a little wide of the mark.

Hot Pants and Chainsaw Betty (variations on an early Rock and Roll vibe) go to show that the band has a helluva lot of diverse influences that could either make them extremely interesting or tear them apart. The title track is perhaps the essence of the band - darker meat on offer here.

All up it's a very American take on this type of Rock and Roll and there's absolutely nothing wrong with that at all it's about time the Stooges and the MC5 got the respect they deserve and a while since bands like Circus of Power did it so well.

I'd Love to see these guys live I'd bet it takes on a whole new level. I actually think the timing might be right for a band with this sound; the kids may even go for it- Angus Khan could just be huge!

What do you get if you take early AC/DC, some Garage Rock, early US Punk, a dab of Hawkwind, a slice of the Blues and a pint of Biker Rock and shake it up a little?

You get Angus Khan and a damn fine album...

 

Mark