Wednesday, November 13, 2019

THE AMPLIFIER HEADS/Loudah review!


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THE AMPLIFIER HEADS
LOUDAH

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The internet is full of ‘rumors’ that guitar-fueled Rock ‘n’ Roll is dead. Those rumors are unequivocally false. They are lies. To use a more modern phrase, they are ‘fake news’. There are plenty of artists on the scene making a racket with their six strings – you just have to open your eyes and ears and go outside the Billboard charts to find them. Better yet, let’s just cut to the chase: LOUDAH, the debut album by The Amplifier Heads, is the Rock album that we’ve been waiting for and deserve! Like a mix of early Beatles, mid-period Rolling Stones and prime-era Ramones, The Amplifier Heads are pure, no-bullshit Rock ‘n’ Roll. And it couldn’t have come at a better time…

The Amplifier Heads are Rock veterans Sal Baglio (The Stompers/Rock E. Rollins) and Ducky Carlisle (The Flashcubes/1.4.5). While both have been making music for decades, they haven’t lost an ounce of the fire that made them pick up their instruments in the first place. While some folks out there may not be familiar with their names, just seeing these two chaps in the same band is enough to grab music fans’ attention. But don’t think for a moment that LOUDAH is just another walk in the park by two Rock vets that have been around the block… this is fresh, exhilarating, exciting, and – best of all – fun. The album is filled with more hooks than a pirate's graveyard. However, it isn’t Power Pop – it’s Power Rock!

Baglio is a true believer in the power of Rock ‘n’ Roll. In The Stompers, he was able to conjure the spirit of ‘50s and ‘60s Rock and bring it straight into the ‘80s. While everyone else was trying out the latest in Synth sounds, The Stompers were exploring the roots of American Rock: Chuck Berry riffs, Motown beats, and Pop melodies. Years later, when he adapted the Rock E. Rollins moniker, Baglio was able to explore the Rock and Psych sounds of British music. With The Amplifier Heads, he brings all of these influences together and has written some of the strongest material of his career. Meanwhile, Carlisle does more than just kick out a back beat – he drives this material home with both power and finesse. Apart from just occupying the drummer’s seat, he’s also known as an ace producer, engineer and mixer, and he utilizes those skills on LOUDAH.

From the album opener, “The Boy With The Amplifier Head”, through tracks like “Two Headed Girl”, “Beat Club”, “Who’s That Girl”, and “New Obsession”, LOUDAH is a tough, brave album that doesn’t pull any punches. With nary a break in between tracks, this is an adrenaline-filled white-knuckle ride that is so thrilling, it may jump start your cold, dead heart. The Amplifier Heads put the fun back in Rock ‘n’ Roll. Clocking in at 36 minutes, the album seems to whiz by in half that time. You’ll be left breathless by the end of “Rock Candy”. If you break out in a cold fever, the only remedy is to go back to the beginning and hit the ‘play’ button again.

LOUDAH is certainly one of the best albums of the year. It will make you believe in Rock 'n' Roll again.

Your Pal,
Stephen SPAZ Schnee

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