EP review: DAXX & ROXANNE – 4×4


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Daxx & Roxane are a totally new band to me so their music had to have that edge to grab my attention and, well, it certainly did.  4×4 is like a shot of adrenaline from beginning to end that grabs you by the ears and draws you in. With most of the band originating in Switzerland they are now London-based and 4×4 is their debut EP.

Whilst most retro bands head back to the 70′s groove rock Daxx & Roxane’s sound takes a step forward and lies firmly in the 80′s Hard Rock and Glam Metal era with hints of Hanoi
Rocks/Cinderella and Motley Crue which can’t be a bad thing.

Opener ‘Sugar Rush’ hits us from the off with the first of many catchy powerful riffs and gives us a good idea of what to expect. Cedric Pfister’s has a fine set of pipes on him with a tone that perfectly matches and sits above the riffy guitars.

Whilst the new single ‘Wrong Side’ has a really great sounding rhythm and catchy chorus ‘Girl Next Door’ could easily be the new single from Warrant, not just for the mention of ‘Cherry Pie’ but that overall catchy hard rock sound that they were known for.

‘Too Hot To Love’ packs punch and not only had some searing solos but also some great twin guitar work running though it from Cal Wymann and Simon Golaz.

With a strong catchy EP like this and a sound that would work in the smallest club to arenas they are definitely one to watch out for. Time for us all to get the ripped jeans out again.

A well balanced and great sounding slice of 80′s Hard Rock. ****

Review by Simon Dunkerley

CATERINA SHORTWAVE Wax Ex-Static www.catalinashortwave.com

‘Wax Ex-Static’ is the third release from Catalina Shortwave-  a band that has built on its members various musical pasts dabbling in disco, thrashcore, punk, country and power metal to create a sound that, to put it simply, is a polished musical journey with the gravelled tones of vocalist David Rizzo riding over the top.

This 5 track EP may feel repetitive at times but the simplicity of the tracks and the stories within the songs keep you listening.   Whilst ‘Light You Up’, ‘The Devil You Know’ and ‘Hazel Dear’ are the stand out tracks for me, the EP as a whole is well worth a listen as it should appeal to a number of listeners across several genres.  **1/2

Review by Nikk Gunns

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