Wednesday, July 03, 2013

42 Decibel-Hard Rock n Roll

Steamhammer SPV

Taking a look at 42 Decibel's "Hard Rock n Roll" would most likely leave you with the impression that they hail from Scandinavia. If you were to take a listen though you'd likely think that these guys hailed from Australia. After all this one is straight-up rock and roll with an appreciation for all things AC/DC. From vocalist/guitarist Junior Figueroad's take on Bon Scott boogie rock to the songs themselves, which sport titles like "Scotch Drinker" and "Gimme A Drink", it would be a no-brainer right? They've got to hail from Australia the home of AC/DC and Deep End right? Actually no. It's not even the US, England or Germany. Try Argentina. Yes, Argentina. Here we have a band that swings from the same branches as AC/DC, The Answer, Deep End and Buckcherry and yet they hail from not one of the hot spots of rock and roll. Regardless of where they may hail from this is one swagger-filled LP. The same raw sexual appeal that drove Bon Scott and his mates to the top of the charts finds it's footing here. This thing bleeds animal magnetism. Formed by drummer Nicko Cambiasso at the start of 2010, with they're first recording, a 7-track demo, in debuting in the spring 2010, the band is rounded out by bassist Chris Marck Towers and rhythm/slide guitarist Billy Bob Riley. While the influences are more then just AC/DC, what with Jimi Hendrix, Creedence Clearwater Revival, ZZ Top, Led Zeppelin, Rose Tattoo, Elvis Presley, Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin and Lynyrd Skynyrd all being mentioned, the Brian Johnson lead band is the obvious starting point as far as descriptions go. While that might mark 42 Decibel as clones to some it's all in good taste as these tracks charm their way up and down your spine and make you want to settle in to "Drinkin' Margaritas". With one the tracks that either directly ("Drinkin' Margaritas") or indirectly ("Take Me" and pretty much every other track LOL!) reference drinking this one would make for a rather wicked party record. In the end this debut is easy to fall for just like the woman referenced in "Drunk Love"!

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