2007 Cracked Piston Recordings
Fuckin' right! Ex-Hellvis bassist (and producer), BJ Lisko, put this out last year. It's actually kind of
like "Part 2" of a recording project (and alter-ego?) of Lisko's that has since blossomed into a full-fledged, beer-soaked,
high energy rock 'n roll band. A live rock 'n roll band. And get this: They're actually good.
Lisko describes their live set as "35 minutes of 'Whole Lotta Rosie'... give or take", and this disc is definitely true to
that description. Stuffed to the hilt with songs that somehow manage out-right machismo without the sexist overtones, and
showcase great musicianship while still displaying an uncanny knack for self-ego checking. Plus, they rock.
The only complaint I have is that some of the intros are a bit long-winded for my taste. The songs are all phenomenal otherwise,
even the couple oddballs that took me a couple of listens to get used to ("Rock Star Aspirations" and "Pay Per Your View",
which are now two of my favorites). The only song I still can't quite get into is "Rock 'n' Roll SOB". I just ain't feelin'
it. But I know a lot of people like it, so it's probably just not my style or something. Highlights are the opening track,
"I'll Be the One" (text book rock and roll), "Vegas Heat", "Decade Parade", and a cover of Robert Tepper's 1986 hit
"No Easy Way Out" (you may remember it from Rocky IV).
As far as the whole "for fans of" thing goes, I hear New Bomb Turks, Rocket From the Crypt (a lot of the vocals, especially
the backing arrangements, are very reminiscent of RFTC's Scream Dracula, Scream era), AC/DC, (REO) Speedealer, Electric
Frankenstein, Motorhead... you get the idea. People tell me they also sound like Hanoi Rocks, and, not surprisingly,
Judas Priest (hence the band's name), though I really couldn't tell ya. Obviously this band is musical common ground
for punks, metalheads, and fans of glam / cock rock. If you fit one or more of these descriptions, check out this band.
You won't be sorry.