India [Release date 03.06.16]
The expectation from the cover art of Revolution – the latest release from native New Yorker Monique Staffile (HER) – blonde ponytails and face half covered by a stars and stripes cowboy bandana dusk mask – is one of dangerous rock ‘n’ roll.
But what you get is a real cornucopia of styles – from hip-hop, country, classic rock, bubblegum pop, punk, new wave and funk – all wrapped up with a rock ‘n’ roll heart from a lady determined to give audiences ‘something to remember’.
And that’s just what Revolution does, originally released independently in December 2015 as an eight track digital download, and now padded out to an eleven track CD ‘special edition’.
De-camping to Nashville for an unfruitful liaison with Warner Bros that spawned the album Gold (2014), and led to the band opening for acts like REO Speedwagon and Kid Rock, Revolution sees the band sticking to their independent guns with an altogether harder hitting release. And there’s almost too much to take in.
Careering from influences as diverse as Queen and The Spice Girls and everything in-between (and beyond), vocally I was reminded of a long lost personal favourite – Leah Androne, and while there’s elements of commercial female artists like Avril Lavigne, P!nk , Toni Basil and Lena Lovich, the overriding vibe is one of a rock infused Lady Gaga.
It’s an unrelenting slab of radio friendly pop, served with big guitars and dollops of hard rock attitude that should appeal to male and female audiences, young and old.
What can I say? Sassy, sinful, and sexy. ****
Review by Pete Whalley
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