Tuesday, May 19, 2015
TONK: ”Ruby Voodoo”
Label: MelodicRock Records 2015
Review by Kimmo Toivonen
Tonk Tonk! These Australian hard rockers take me back to 1991 - 1992, when bands like Kik Tracee, Bangalore Choir and Babylon AD were releasing their first or second albums. The ”hair metal” boom was fading, so some of the bands had already incorporated some new elements to their music. That kind of describes the sound of TONK too.
”Ass Kick'n Rawk!” is how they describe themselves, and who am I to argue? They do kick ass, even if some of their songs are a bit unmemorable. At their best they offer us cool riffs and good hooks and even when they are not at their best, their energy and drive carries the songs quite well.
My favorite songs: ”Pleasure And Pain” (cool chorus), ”Last Goodbye” (a balladic track with vocalist Jinks sounding a bit like original Autograph-singer Steve Plunkett), ”End Of The Line” (Kik Tracee meets Sven Gali) and ”Over The Edge”.