Saturday, June 15, 2013
REBELLIOUS SPIRIT: "Gamble Shot"
Label: SPV/Steamhammer 2013
Review by: Urban "Wally" Wallstrom
Rebellious Spirit - German youths gone wild or public enemys #1? Neither I'm afraid. They don't quite match up to the description of Sunset Strip heroes. It's however great to see that SPV are singing up young and definitely sleazy acts though. The band members are all in their late teens and it's all about the eighties glamour.
The nasal borderline annoying high pitch singing voice of Jannik Fisher tend to get on your nerves in the long run though. It's like as if he's still waiting for the balls to drop? Then again, Vince Neil made a fine career on the above observation. However, the Motley Crue managed to come up with some truly catchy material and Neil is nowhere near as annoying as the platinum blonde front figure (FYI: I luv the first two Motley albums). It's all very predictible, safe, naive, middle-of-the-road, and the lack of proper hooks on Gamble Shot... plain obvious.
The bottomline: It's really not about the image, style, or the musicians. The songs are simply not good enough. They remind me of Reckless Love, lots of hype, but hardly any good tracks whatsoever. Let's hope they've matured not only in age but also in the songwriting department for their second album. I seriously doubt that SPV is still their label by then. Ahoy Frontiers?