Cargo Records [Release date 14.02.14]
“10 Tales From The Gin Palace” is the second album from South London’s The Peckham Cowboys and as the title would suggest, the album contains 10 tracks of sleazy, debauched, catchy rock n roll and this is perfectly summed up by the track “Bromley Girls”.
If you’ve never heard the band, opening track “Not Guilty!” is the perfect introduction- raw as The Quireboys, catchy as The Faces and with the flash bravado of The Rolling Stones, it sets “10 Tales From The Gin Palace” up nicely.
Front man Marc Eden has a voice that is not a million miles away from that Quireboys sound and with guitarist Dale Hodgkinson they have created a bluesy, good time rock n roll album that will appeal to a large number of listeners.
The band is completed by guitarist Timo Kaltio (Izzy Stradlin’, Cheap & Nasty), bassist Nigel Mogg (The Quireboys) Ryan McCormick on drums (Steven Adler Band) and on keyboards and horns Duncan McKay (Primal Scream) and they have a fuller sound than on debut album “Flog It!”.
“The Debt Collector” has a feeling of The Dogs D’Amour does The Stones does reggae, “Don’t Damn The Hypnotist” has a Clash style low dub feeling to it and features a rapping section courtesy of Congo Natty, whilst “Quarantined” could be described as The Quireboys meets U2.
“Poor Boy Blues” has some nice scuzzy guitar and laid back vocals, “You’re Only There For The Money” has that raw, catchy and confident feel about it, “She Was Sweet On Me” has a Stones/Faces feel to it and the album is signed off in style by “Knocked Senseless” .
The Peckham Cowboys are a great band and “10 Tales From The Gin Palace” is a prime example of what rock n roll should sound like. ****1/2
Review by Nikk Gunns
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