Frank D. : YES! ROCK! YES! YEAH, YEAH, ROCK, ROCK! Oops, sorry, dear readers. I just couldn't help myself and if that happens I start to look and sound like an aging and bold Beavis. The CD that triggered this reaction is 'Thirty Six Hours Later' of The Chelsea Smiles.
Right from the start the band of frontman Todd Youth makes clear that they're aren't in the business of doing half work. The opener 'Nothing Wrong' fires up the hotrod called The Chelsea Smiles. After that it's "Go! Go! Go!”. The band plays a scorching kind of rock and with blistering guitars, tight rhythms and outstanding vocals the band flings the twelve tracks at the beholder. Musically the gents grind influences of bands like Turbonegro, The Hellacopters, Kiss and MC5 into a hotchpotch of styles. This rocks, this is addictive! Tracks like 'Alright, Alright' (with its Chuck Berry vibe), 'I Want More' and 'You Can't Give Me Anything' keep me yearning for more and the band is the pusher of the stuff. The vintage background vocals, multi vocals chorus' and even handclaps somewhere in the album give the record a sixties vibe which strangely provide it with a fresh and crispy taste. Yes, by signing this band People Like You Records has added another great band to their roaster. Chapeau!
It's clear that this CD is going to frequent my CD-player a lot during the upcoming holidays. Because with these vitamins M shot into my veins, those dark and depressing days seem not so sad and black anymore. Thank you, The Chelsea Smiles! Don't know what to ask Santa this year? This CD maybe?