Strangely for a relatively new band, Gene The Werewolf, have captured that big mid to late ‘80’s vibe perfectly. Don’t be fooled by the off the wall name as the band seamlessly blends the feel of mid-career KISS, Hagar fronted Van Halen and maybe even an updated Warrant.
Formed in 2006, the Pittsburgh based 5-piece band’s latest album “Rock n’ Roll Animal” is what you could call a Saturday night record- that party feel that sums up what rock n roll is all about in the first place.
Opening with the statement of intent that is “Wicked Love”, title track “Rock n’ Roll Animal” and “I’ve Got The Love” are just two good examples of everything I’ve already said above. There is a slight feel of Airbourne to “I Only Wanna Rock n’ Roll” and more than a touch of Darkness (in a good way though!!) to “Superhero” and “Heart of Steel” whilst “Light Me Up” has an intro that is worthy of Winger at their peak.
Other highlights on “Rock n’ Roll Animal” include “Firecracker” and “Give It Up” – “Ruffneck Woman” is better than the title suggests and the album is closed by the piano led “Ballad of Gene” (unfortunately not a tribute to everyone’s favourite ‘80’s icon- Gene Hunt!!).
In “Rock n’ Roll Animal” Gene The Werewolf have the tools to open many doors as this kind of album has a knack of selling in markets that you wouldn’t normally imagine. It’s a great album too, let’s hope there are many more to come.
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Power Plays w/c 24 June (Mon-Fri)
GUMSHOE When Things Started To Ignite (indie)
THE NEW ROSES Heartache (Napalm Records)
EMPYRE New Republic (indie)
PISTON Leave If You Dare (indie)
SPREAD EAGLE Sound Of Speed (Frontiers)
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09:00-12:00 FORTUNE II (Frontiers)
12:00-13:00 BARBE-Q-BARBIES Borrowed Time (Dissonance)
14:00-16:00 HEATHER FINDLAY Wild Horses (Black Sand Records)
Albums That Time Forgot (Mon-Fri)
ELEANOR McEVOY I’d Rather Go Blonde (2010)
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