Album review: PISTOLS & VULTURES – Seven

PISTOLS & VULTURES - Seven

It’s rare that a PR blurb says so little, and it takes some digging to discover that Pistols & Vultures are an Ipswich/Colchester based ‘alternative’ rock band formed in 2009 whilst Carnell Cook: (vocals), Alex Green (guitars, bass, percussion and backing) and Freddie Cant (drums and percussion) were studying Popular Music at The Colchester Institute.

It would have you believe they merge rock, soul and post-punk into a sound somewhere between Biffy Clyro and Californian rockers, Incubus.  I think that does them a disservice.  And while their combined influences stretch from Hendrix, through Zeppelin, to Queen and the Clash and beyond, it’s Cook’s Marvin Gaye and Luther Vandross inspirations that add the ‘extra’ dimension.

In truth, it’s not unique – the lead tacks on this seven track EP/mini album – ‘Pride’ and ‘Ricochet’ bear many similarities – vocally, in particular, with Seal’s early (and best) output.  And musically, with the cross-Atlantic mid-Eighties soft rock of the likes of Mr Mister.

Frankly, it remains a winning formula.  As the set progresses, there’s some harder hitting material (think Dan Reed Network), but there’s a magic at play here that’s hard to deny.

Twenty/twenty-five years ago Pistols & Vultures would have ‘smashed’ their way into the charts.  Now, things don’t work in quite the same way.  It would be a shame if they didn’t find a wider audience.  ***1/2

Review by Pete Whalley


In his show broadcast on Get Ready to ROCK! Radio on 24 May David Randall played a further selection of artists and albums included in the new Features series, “2020 Vision”.


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Featured Albums w/c 25 May (Mon-Fri)

09:00-12:00 FM Synchronized (Frontiers)
12:00-13:00 THE ROCKET DOLLS The Art Of Disconnect (indie)
14:00-16:00 BEN KUNDER Searching For The Stranger (indie)

Power Plays w/c 11 May (Mon-Fri)

THE MERCY KILLS Alone (Golden Robot Records)
DEAD REYNOLDS By Your Side (indie)
THE JAILBIRDS Watery Grave (Golden Robot Records)
ALI MASS & MICKY MOODY These Times (Last Man Music)
MASSIVE WAGONS Bangin In Your Stereo (Earache)
UDO We Are One (AFM Records)



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