Merge [Release date 23.08.19]
Amazingly this year marks the fortieth year that Redd Kross have been playing live (albeit originally under the name Red Cross) and it is the band’s first new album in seven years. The band are still focussed around the McDonald brothers – bassist Steve and vocalist/guitarist Jeff – with drummer Dale Crover and guitarist Jason Shapiro completing the line-up. The latter have been in the band’s touring line-up for some years, however this album marks their recording debut in the band.
Lead off track ‘Party Underground’ has a great 60’s groove to it, featuring Melvins guitarist Buzz Osbourne (both Steve McDonald and Dale Crover are members of the Mevins) and needless to say rocks out as it features three guitarists.
Redd Kross do like their power pop as the 70’s stomp of the title track demonstrates. Although where they differ from say fellow power pop lovers Enuff Z’Nuff, Redd Kross give it some alt/punk rock wellie at times, like on ‘Punk II’. The drumming by Dale Crover is a treat on this one.
Paying homage to the quirky pop institution that is Sparks, they cover ‘When Do I Get To Sing “My Way”?’ They give it a sparkly pop punk overhaul, heavy on the guitar and tambourines/shakers!
Redd Kross are never going to be a household name at this stage of their musical journey, however those who know them will enjoy this latest dose of punk fuelled power/pop rock and anyone who likes the aforementioned style of music should grab a copy of ‘Beyond The Door’. ****
Review by Jason Ritchie
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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