Today we are looking at the new EP from Kings Of The Sun called ‘Built For Speed’ – and although it’s a new release per se, what it is in fact is a 6 track EP of previously unreleased demos that the band recorded in late December 1991 during the recording sessions for the ‘Resurrection’ album that was released on Mushroom Records in 1993.
In recent years both Hoad brothers, Clifford and Jeff have been out and about releasing a ton of great material under their own banners – yet it was with the first two albums that Kings Of The Sun rose to international prominence – being 1988’s self titled album and 1990’s Full Frontal Attack. Yet what people may forget is that in 1993 the band released what I consider to be their best album, ‘Resurrection’, an album that didn’t garner anywhere near the attention it warranted – No doubt due to a musical landscape that had changed, and of course both music industry and media indifference – yet whatever the reasons – Resurrection is one standout Australian rock record that should have hit the top of the Billboard charts back then.
As I wrote back in 1995 when reviewing that album for the lost albums column in Vicious Kitten fanzine, “If ever an album deserved to be included in a column dedicated to neglected music, then it’s definitely this one. Strap yourself in and hang on, cause this album is full of fast and furious rockers that hurtle you towards a magical place, a place where heavy duty bass, sweet sounding Les Paul’s, and crashing drums all come together and unite in one almighty blaze of rock n roll fury ! Highlights on this album are many and every track is a gem. The Hoad brothers perfected their own unique songwriting style over the years, and this album reflects that high quality. Jeff Hoad is a natural front man. A pin-up boy who has the showmanship of classic-era David Lee Roth. Visually exciting and pulsating, this man has rock n roll in his veins. Jeff Hoad puts the ‘c’ in cool ! Like Levi’s or coca cola, the genuine article. Clifford drums spider-like, all arms and legs, reminiscent of Neal Smith from the Alice Cooper band.”
Which brings me back to the new EP ‘Built For Speed’ – The Resurrection Demo Sessions. There’s some great tunes on this, including the title track. Anthemic, big chorus, big riff – lot of melody – and like a lot of the other classic Kings material – it’s a song about cars and girls – and being a fan of both cars AND girls (as Andy Shernoff once wrote) it’s a rippin’ tune.
I also dig ‘Let Me Go Free’ – more of a power ballad, a plaintive lament in some ways, heavy on the minor chords with a big vocal delivery, super catchy and if given a full production – and in an ideal world – this could be a radio hit – still.
If you dug the raunch ‘n’ roll of Kings Of The Sun hits such as Serpentine and Black Leather – Primitive Lust will also appeal to you – highlighted by some shredding guitar and funk rhythms that channel Ike Turner and a capital G for groove.
The evocative and thought provoking Heaven And Hell is another good one – and much like the aforementioned ‘Let me Go Free’, its heavy on the minor chords which give it a contemplative, reflective feel but it leads into a catchy pre chorus and then an ever bigger chorus augmented by femme vocals. Quality song folks – and If you don’t believe you might try.
Absolutely love the big rock anthem that is ‘Madeline’ – killer riff, stack of melody, Stones raunch and a big hook – and as I’ve said a million times before, If a song aint got a hook – it aint worth a nickel. Set to a lyrical Lolita theme, it’s a tune you can dance too – that’s another litmus test of a great tune in my book.
The Gray Brothers have been fans of the Hoad Brothers for many many years and anything they release is a buy without risk proposition, and comes wholly recommended. Built For Speed The Resurrection Demo Sessions gets two thumbs up from me and is available now for only $10 !
Get it from http://www.kingsofthesunband.com/