There’s been a big rock revival in recent years, led in the main by the Scandinavian fraternity. Yet the time is right for the brethren of rock n roll to rise yet again to the top of the world, and that brotherhood is Australian rock n roll, and the time is now ! Don’t get me wrong, I love the Hellacopters and all that, but the trip they take was pioneered and perfected by Oz bands. It’s taken The Hellacopters in particular for people to realise that Australian rock n roll is on the way back – in a big way. Brother Brick, Asteroid B-612, Blood Sucking Freaks, Z-28, Repo, Stunt Car Drivers, Powder Monkeys, Challenger 7, Panadolls, Sheek The Shayk, Freeloaders – and of course the Yes Men! I’d been eagerly awaiting the release of this sucker, and it certainly does not disappoint. In fact if anything it exceeded my expectations. Opening with the wild ride that is ‘Ma Raf Vo’, and then slotting into the groove heavy ‘What’s Wrong’, with it’s killer guitar work and growling vocal delivery of Sean Greenway, it’s hard to top. ‘Your Hanging’ with it’s big fat sound quickly won me over. The laid back groove of ‘Stripping Music’ kinda reminded me of a stripped back ‘Ride On’, again heavy on the groove. Pick for mine though is ‘Acid Reign’, with it’s full-on assault and the signature Leadfinger sound all over it, although ‘Casting Stones’ ran a close second. Lotsa great rock n roll to choose from, twelve cuts in all. Well recommended.
(Archive Source: Cat Scratch Fever/Vicious Kitten Records Newsletter Issue 4: April/May 2000)