CD reviews by Tony @ The Dedicated Rocker Society

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DRIVE by Mother Road
(AOR Heaven Records)

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‘Drive’, the powerhouse debut release from Austin, Texas based Mother Road is a collection of hard, blues flavored rock, that is raw and laden with emotion. Mother Road is made up of Keith Slack (Steelhouse Lane/MSG) on vocals, Chris Lyne (Soul Doctor) on guitars, Frank Binke on bass, Alessandro DelVecchio on keyboards and Zacky Tsoukas on drums. Keith Slack’s voice is perfectly suited to the genre, displaying a wide range, in a variety of styles, from all out rockers like The album opener “The Sun Will Shine Again”, the foot stomping rocker, “Feather In Your Hat” and the bump and grind swagger of “Drive Me Crazy” to slow bluesy movers like, “Out Of My Mind”, “These Shoes”, a powerful song that has that Bad Company meets Whitesnake vibe. The whole album is amazing! Other tracks guaranteed to satisfy your rock appetite, “Dangerous Highway”, “Poor Boy ( Long Way Out )”, “Dirty Little Secret” and
“Blue Eyes”. Slack’ s ability to infuse genuine feeling into the music, is one of the keys to its appeal. This is music that taps into the roots of blues based hard rock. Chris Lyne get a chance to put his talents on display and does an amazing job in the rhythm and lead guitar here. The guy rocks hard with his great tone and aggressive phrasing. He sounds very raw, hitting you straight on your face, ripping off everything around him when it’s time to spit a flashy solo out, while heavily riffing almost all the remaining time. Complementing Slack and Lyne with a rock solid foundation are Frank Binke, Zacky Tsoukas and Alessandro DelVecchio. Overall, ‘Drive’ by Mother Road is a bluesy hard rock release, with evident influences from Bad Company, early Whitesnake and some other British hard rock bands. These songs are also catchy and are played with a deep feeling and attitude, although they are not breaking any ground, to be sincere. In one sentence: a
great debut release with amazing vocals, superb guitars and stellar musicianship. Mother Road is the type of band you’d go see and there would be no fancy clothes, no half dressed chicks dancing on stage, just a bunch of guys in jeans and t-shirts with some Marshalls and their instruments. They’d plug in and they’d blow you away! These boys are BADASS! – Highly Recommended
Tony @ The Dedicated Rocker Society/All Access Magazine

BIG CAT LOVE by Smash Fashion
(Electricpudding Recordings)

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‘Big Cat Love’ is the latest release from Southern California glam rock revivalists and purveyors of decadent psychedelia and atomic power pop, Smash Fashion. This is the band’s third release following up their 2006?s ‘A Gentleman’s Guide To Sophisticated Savagery’ and 2009?s ‘Don’t Pet The Sweaty Things.’ Smash Fashion is made up of Roger Deering on vocals/guitar, Lloyd Stuart Casson lead guitar, Tony Kinman on bass and Reijo “Repo” Kauppila on drums. This quartet channel 70’s rock icons like Mott The Hoople, T-Rex, Sweet and Cheap Trick into a totally infectious brand of good time rock n’ roll. You could use an album like ‘Big Cat Love’ as the soundtrack to That 70’s Show. The band’s sheer adoration for glam rock styling work on every possible level. Is it the most original album in the world? Obviously not. But I guarantee if you start blasting songs like “Wicked Ways”, “Marionette”, “Strike My Fancy (Knickers Down)”, “Stay Off My La La” and
“Super Glam”, you and any one in your vicinity are going to be grinning ear to ear and singing along by the second verse. These songs are ridiculously catchy and they make you want to get up and get moving. There are so few bands that remember how fun rock n’ roll can be, so it’s good to have a band like Smash Fashion to remind us. ‘Big Cat Love’ is exactly a totally satisfying electric solid wall of sound. Whether you’re a fan of the classic artists that inspired the band’s sound or just looking for some honest fun in your rock n’ roll ‘Big Cat Love’ by Smash Fashion is an absolute gem. Turn it on, turn it up, and PLAY IT LOUD! – Highly Recommended
Tony @ The Dedicated Rocker Society/All Access Magazine

EUPHORIA & LOVESICK BLUES by Stone River
(Gypsy Soul Records/Fontana North)

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Canadian southern rockers Stone River return with their sophomore release, ‘Euphoria & Lovesick Blues’. Stone River are, Renan Yildizdogan – Lead Vocals/Guitar, Darren Flower – Guitar/Vocals, Jeff Desilets – Guitar , Jay Macedo -Bass/Vocals and Sasha Siegel – Drums. Mellow is the key word to this describe this album. It’s subtle with the emphasis on songwriting and the feel-good vibe. Musically, the album could be compared to the likes of Tom Petty’s ‘Wildflowers’, Poco’s ‘Legend’ or Neil Young’s ‘Harvest’. That’s sort of the vibe I got here. Mid-tempo songs performed with a touch of smooth rock and southern rock influence. There’s a bit of instrumental jamming within some of the songs, which just adds to the retro feel of the album. I think this is a damn fine album. It’s a good one to put on when you’re feeling mellow and just want something soothing, but with a good groove to listen to. Stone River do an amazing job of starting out mellow and building
the energy in their songs to a frenzied level, especially in songs such as “Hard Road” and the Beatles vibe of, “Better Days To Come” Other songs, such as the stimulating “Rivers We Crossed”, “So It Goes” and “Euphoria” will put a smile on your face with their upbeat and smooth sound. The band closes the album with the powerful, “Hanging in the Bowline”, the blazing guitar display that closes out the song is mind blowing! In all, this album has the elements of greatness. This is true roots rock n roll, sung with heart and soul. Stone River’s ‘Euphoria & Lovesick Blues’ is an amazing album and it is unlikely to disappoint if you give it a chance.

Highly Recommended

Tony @ The Dedicated Rocker Society/All Access Magazine