Sjak : Famous Underground is a new band formed around ex-Slik Toxik front man Nicholas Walsh, who was quite successful in the sleaze rock scene with his former band in the beginning of the nineties. Thanks to the grunge wave Slik Toxik disappeared totally from the radar screen however. Walsh has since then been active in a band called Revolver with whom he has released two albums. In 2011 the name of Revolver was changed to Famous Underground and with that band Walsh now releases the eponymously entitled debut album.
Style-wise the band has remained in the end of the eighties and beginning of the nineties and in my opinion there's nothing wrong with that. The thirteen songs on offer here (of which an unplugged version of 'Dead Weight' and an alternative version of 'On Broken Wings' as bonus tracks) can be characterized as very decent sleazy hard rock songs which were very popular in the mentioned period on the Sunset Strip in Los Angeles. The record has its strongest moments is 'Wasteland', 'Bullet Train' and 'Love Stands Still', but I'm quite certain that if you're into sleazy hard rock you will also be able to appreciate the other songs. Twenty years ago this album could have made quite an impact, but I'm afraid that anno 2013 this will not do too much. That doesn't take anything away from the fact that 'Famous Underground' has become a very decent debut album.