Thursday, June 12, 2014

Eyes 'N' Lips-Pornstar For President

Street Symphonies

Milan, Italy is a long way's off from the Sunset Strip, but you sure wouldn't know that from listening to "Pornstar For President"! Not only that, but it's 2014 and not 1980 something! And yet here we have Eye's N' Lips who sound like come straight out of LA circa 1986-1991 (or as Wikipedia put's it so elegantly the "Second Wave" of glam metal!). First dreamed up back in 2009 (when lead guitarist Gypsy and drummer/backing vocalist Vik meet by random chance) Eyes 'N' Lips really broke ground in 2011 with their current line-up (per their Facebook page) fleshed out by lead vocalist Mr. Skorpian (sounding somewhat like Vince Young's illegitimate brother from another mother), rhythm guitarist/backing vocalist Cri and bassist/backing vocalist Swiff. That being the case and all it should be duly noted that here on "Pornstar For President" (which, besides being a cheeky title, is a concept we might want to consider here in the U.S. for our next presidential election (it would have to be an improvement over what he have now and at least when you were getting the royal shaft and getting screwed over their would be someone with a lot of practice in that department!), as we need change and we need it now!) one Donnie Young* handles the rhythm guitar parts with keyboards on the Scorpions-like "With You" and "Day After Day" (a punk rock Poison?) performed by the group's drummer, Vik. Recorded, mixed and mastered by Oscar Burato at Atomic Stuff Studio (Isorella, Brescia, Italy) "Pornstar For President" opens with the chant-heavy "Jack And Daniel" before moving towards the F-Bomb laden "Fucking Obsessive". With the title cut recalling a more pop-oriented Mötley Crüe ("Too Fast For Love"-era) and "Solider Of Love" simply kicking it sleazy and easy fans of old school glam metal should immediately add this one to their shopping list! Influences here can lean heavy on the likes of Mötley Crüe (see also "Desire And Curiosity" ), Poison ("Bring Me To Your Paradise") and Guns N' Roses ("Come Away, Come Away With Me" and "Desire And Curiosity" which, in a very cool way, sounds like Mötley Crüe and G N' R!), but on "Rock Your Love" it does sound as if these hard rockers are strutting and striving towards doing their own thing and offering their own take on the whole hair metal/glam metal thing. And with that in mind there is one thing that will work in their favor. When it comes to Eyes 'N' Lips here we have a band that is perfectly suited for Street Symphonies ( ) and will get the benefit of being on a label with bands like Bastardogs, Seventh Veil, Easy Trigger and Saturday Overdose! These are just a few of the high-quality acts that have come from Street Symphonies and if Eyes 'N' Lips are to be on their A game it would suite them to draw on the experiences of their label-mates! You can find out more about this hard rock and roll act at their Facebook page here:

*Donnie left the band during the recording of this album.

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