Quick plays: deVIENCE, LOVE AND A .38

DeVience

deVIENCE – S/T Broken Road Records

If you’ve been writing reviews for a while every now and then you stumble across a debut album that slips into your record collection and stays there for years, and the self-titled debut effort from London based band deVience is one of those. The album has swagger, it has edge, and more importantly, it has cross genre appeal- impressive for a band that was only formed in 2013.

There are a number of influences that come to mind throughout the album and I would go so far as to say that had The Answer recorded this as their sophomore album it would have been huge. Overall there is a modern feel that mixes in a late ‘80’s sound, vocalist Gio Spano reminds me of Myles Kennedy at times and there are some Slash like moments on guitar- there is also a hint of Extreme, this is most evident on “Take Me Down (La La Land)”.

The stand out tracks, for me, on “deVience” include ”Go Hard or Go Home”, “Living The Dream”, “Turn The Tide”, “New Blood” and slower tracks “Indifferent” and “Easy”.

“deVience” is well worth a listen and forthcoming live dates can be found on the band’s website.  *****

Review by Nikk Gunns

LOVE AND A .38 – Nomads www.loveanda38music.com

Love and A .38 have done something that few bands can say they have- for an unsigned and independent band they have built up a steady fan base, not only at home in the US but also in Europe. Now, following their self-released EP and a handful of singles since, the band release their full length debut album “Nomads”. Self- produced, recorded in their studio and released on their own label, this band really know all about self-sufficiency in the music business and they are doing well under their own steam.

Opening with the bluesy Southern rock of “Oh My God”, the album doesn’t hold back for one moment. From the big modern rock of “Went Away” to the brooding “Holy War” and through to “Abre Los Ojos”, which is a track with one eye on radio play, “Nomads” is consistently solid and this is no doubt made easier for the band by having total control over its making.

Other highlights include “Just Like Regret”, “Born To Make Me Die” and album closer “Get It Right”.

Love and A .38 should feel proud of what they’ve achieved and be a great example for newer bands that could learn from their message that they no longer need a big corporate label behind them to be successful.  ****

Review by Nikk Gunns

HIVA OA – Mk II (Part 1)

Hiva Os released their debut album back in 2o12 and from what I can find on the web this is the band’s first new music since then. They are also slimmed down to a core duo of Stephen Houlihan and Christine Tubridy.

Four songs on here and ‘Jonny Brazil’ is the pick of them for me with its Radiohead like bleak vocals backed by a persistent melody. ‘A Great Height’ has been lifted as the single, although for me the vocals just stay the right side of whiny/annoying. Worth a listen, however unlikely to win over many new listeners. ***

Review by Jason Ritchie

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In his show on Get Ready to ROCK! Radio on Sunday 29 March David Randall featured a selection of tracks from “Albums of the Month” (January-March 2020) (29:45)

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Featured Albums w/c 30 March (Mon-Fri)

09:00-12:00 HARTMANN 15 Pearls And Gems (AOR Heaven)
12:00-13:00 H.E.A.T. II (earMUSIC)
14:00-16:00 GRAHAM GOULDMAN Modesty Forbids (Lojinx)

Power Plays w/c 30 March (Mon-Fri)

LOUISE LEMON Devil (Icons Creating Evil Art )
BLACK ORCHID EMPIRE Winter Keeps Us Warm (indie)
ONE DESIRE Shadowman (Frontiers)
CRYSTAL IGNITE Black Mamba (indie)
PICTURESQUE ATTN: (Rude Records/Equal Vision Records)
SKARLETT RIOT Human (indie)
THE COVASETTES Spin (indie)



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