Saturday, June 15, 2013

42 DECIBEL: "Hard Rock N Roll"

Rating: RRR
Label: SPV/Steamhammer 2013
Review by: Urban "Wally" Wallstrom

Viva Diego Maradona! Viva Leo Messi! Viva 42 Decibel? They do have one major thing in common and I'll even throw in the lame hint, it's not football. Argentina, it's friggin' Argentina, geez, do I have to spell it out for you guys? Sorry. Temper, temper. Originality is however not their strong three piece suit and it's more about three chords, jeans, and t-shirt anyhow. Basic, meat and potato, 'Hard Rock N' Roll', in the vein of Acca Dacca, Airbourne, Rose Tattoo, and just about any of the millions of acts at your local pub and bar scene.

What does give it more attention than your average riff-raff, though, is that inbetween guitar sound, slide and rhythm, but it's also got an magnificent ring to it that evokes dusty old echoes of Apache and Little Ceasar. The gravel throted vail of Junior Figueroa smack of traditional vocals 'ala Brian Johnson and Bon Scott. The somewhat effeminate tones and interesting delivery of these two ingredient takes 42 Decibel a notch or two above your local heroes.

The songs are dead easy and simple craft, you know, the likes of which any of us could write in our sleep. I believe that AC/DC (mostly) and Rose Tattoo wrote superial versions of them all back in the seventies. Do I sound slighty jaded? Well, it's difficult to come up with new words to the same old songs. Numbers such as "The Real Deal" and "Drinkin' Margaritas" are fun and I'm sure they'll give your moneys worth live on stage. Not too shabby and a safe pick up if you need another dose of guitar rock thunder from down under.... ehh... Argentina.
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