Saturday, 5 February 2011
Red Jester - She Devil EP (Cd Review)
03.By Your Side
04.Riding The Night
Dan Faulkner (Guitar)
Jim Parkin (Vocals)
Darren Dodds (Bass)
Studley Drudd Fuck (Drums)
Hailing from the Midlands the four piece rock band formed in 2010 to, in their own words, "write and perform rock songs with the balls, soul, attitude, carefreeness and fun vibe".
What has impressed me already about this band is the level of professionalisim shown in presentation of their demo with full colour info sheets and on initial listen (and remember they have not been together long) the quality of the music and production of the tracks, so that said let me hit play again.
The opening track 'Punching Bag' has a great swagger to it, it moves like Motorhead's "No Class" and has a neat riff running throughout.
The bluesy 'Resolve' comes over like a slow version of Crue's take on "Helter Skelter", it has all the hallmarks of clasic rock complete with an epic guitar solo backed with a solid drum beat!
As with the two previous songs this also has an instant familiarity as well, though this typical rock ballad 'By Your Side' does fall slightly short of its potential, a stronger vocal and more backing vocals would add more depth to it and a bit more punch from the bass and drums towards the end would give it an "Epic" quality which i think the song deserves.
You know if this track 'Riding The Night' was issued as a single during the height of the NWOBHM scene in 1979 it would be considered a "Classic", its like Starfighters meets a very early Maiden, again the riffing is first class and the vocal is very catchy.
Now 'Problem Child' would have been that imaginary singles B Side!! (Except that the lyrics mention Nikki Sixx).
The bass work comes over really well in this one and that Dan fellow just cant help laying down some major riffage.
Finally 'She Devil' kicks off like Rob Zombies "Thunderkiss 65" before moving into a rhythmic pattern that gets the head going instantly!
Massivley impressive EP, all the elements of what modern genre "Classic Rock" bands play, with a touch of NWOBHM and some of the more rock orientated bands from the britpop era.
For Fans Of: Cavalar, King Lizard, Voodoo Six, Cauldron, Ocean Colour Scene