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Rude, provocative, rebellious, anti-stablishment

Dec 31, 2020

Rude, provocative, rebellious, anti-stablishment. We could use an infinite number of qualifying terms to define rock and roll beyond a strictly musical point, but without a doubt, if there is a word that defines what is a way of life for many people, 20th century greatest musical exponent, a language that has served as a guide to many other musical trends just to end up putting a soundtrack to entire generations, the word would be attitude. Without attitude there is no Rock and Roll.

 

 

Rude, provocative, rebellious, anti-stablishment. We could use an infinite number of qualifying terms to define rock and roll beyond a strictly musical point, but without a doubt, if there is a word that defines what is a way of life for many people, 20th century greatest musical exponent, a language that has served as a guide to many other musical trends just to end up putting a soundtrack to entire generations, the word would be attitude. Without attitude there is no Rock and Roll.

 

These three French musicians based in Bordeaux have a long background before King Kong Blues. Alex, singer and guitarist, has developed a great professional career within Punk-Rock scene, in addition to having been a member of “Cararaks”, a project highly influenced by Basque Rock and whose repertoire included songs in Occitan and Basque. On the other hand, Drummer Gilou has been a member from the rock & roll band "Orange Macadam" along with the other guitar player, Gino, who has also been part of bands such as "Parfum de femmes" and played along with figures such as Lords of the New Church or Johnny Thunders. A musical trajectory materialized on this project, proving not only to be one of the most powerful live proposals in Europe over the last five years, but also, consolidating itself as clear revitalizers of a kind of music that does not understand artifice or Half measures, committed and direct messages, spirit above technique.

 

Since its homonymous Ep from 2015 and  2017  first record release "Make Rock and Roll great again" produced by Martín Guevara (Capsula) at the Silver Recordings studios in Bilbao, the band formed by the guitarist and Singer Alex, guitarist Gino and drummer Gilow, repeat their experience with Martín Guevara and offering  a brand new collection of songs with an impressive sound and the same coherence proved on previous works.

¡Bam Bam! is a raw and almost primitive statement of principles, with the band's own and usual fury. The Frenchmen turn to both Surf and Punk to recreate the old classic "Got my mojo working" by Muddy Waters while the more classic Rock and Roll recreates the libidinous "Les Filles". Lysergic "Bam Bam" gives title to the record recreating the urban environment while "Gato Negro" goes through social protest and the politically incorrect in Spanish, with clear influences from Basque Rock. "La Machine" takes the Blues path due to slide guitar sound, not without social criticism. Rogue Rock and Roll for the ironic Raymond” while the swampy “Rumble in the Jungle” halfway between Bo Didley and Joe Strummer reveals Alex's vocal attitude throughout the entire work as an integrating vehicle for the band´s spirit. "Trahison Man" approaches the dark side with reminiscences close to Dr. Feelgood with punk sound. At full speed, the effervescent and sharp “Frankie” in English this time, runs to give way to the apocalyptic “We are Nothing” a Punk Shuffle with ZZ Top essence. The crescendo on “Attends” with a clear existential message, ends a full Rock and Roll record with an undeniable Punk attitude but with the necessary Blues presence.

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