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
In his show broadcast on Get Ready to ROCK! Radio on 10 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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