& Heard - CD Review
Taken From Issue 169 - July 2011
There are currently 6 DJs who write regular reviews for the magazine; Strollin'
Steve, Rockin' Jukebox,
Rockin' Roland, Steve's Stack O' Wax, Wild Wolfie Smith and Bradford Dude
but unbiased reviews from other individuals are always welcome.
The Honky Tonk Pounders: Devil Bop!
Part Records: CD 641.002
By DJ Rockin' Roland, Norwich
1. Devil Bop, 2. Sea Of Tears, 3. Bad Hair Boogie, 4. Lovesick
Fool, 5. Freight Train Running, 6. Hot Rod, 7. I Know That You
Love Me, 8. Boom Boom, 9. Let's Get Rockin', 10. You're The
One, 11. Right Time To Rock, 12. Rockabilly Pearl, 13. Bad Luck,
14. 6th Street Rumble, 15. Sweet Innocent.
Buying CDs recorded by unfamiliar bands is always a bit of a
challenge, especially in the current economic climate with spare
cash being at a premium. It's not like buying a paperback novel
when you can read a short precis or consider reviews written
by other literary experts.
therefore it has to be other triggers which may cause you to
part with your well earned cash, such as band members who have
a known history, covers of tracks with which you are familiar
or a title and cover which gives little clues as to both the
rockin' style and competence of the artistes. It
was the latter that gave me great hopes for this album, what
a great name for a band, The Honky Tonk Pounders and with the
title Devil Bop! it tells you that this album is gonna rock!
band consists of Gunnar Fick (guitar/vocals), Marco Marquardt
(doghouse bass) and Gabriel Prokscha (drums) all of whom give
their whole hearted enthusiasm to these recordings and their
excitement shows through these great tracks! Some three piece
bands don't have the oomph that floats my boat but these guys
have it in abundance! It just goes to show how easily you can
miss out on great sounds such as these and also how important
it is that rockin' mags such as Maggie's Blue Suede News bring
these new bands to our attention.
I DJ in Europe regularly every year and if it hadn't been for
Maggie I would have even missed out on these guys too! The album
opens with the title track 'Devil Bop' and from the first big
slap of that upright bass, 6 seconds in, all that's good in
great Rockabilly breaks loose and you're hooked!
a real challenge to issue an album with all self penned tracks
but these guys carry it off with aplomb and how many times can
you say that there's not a weak track on an album? I could wax
lyrical about almost all the tracks in the album but there ain't
the space. I gotta mention track three, 'Bad Hair Boogie' which
is an excellent poundin' jiver, awesome!
spend some hard earned dosh and get yourself a real slice of
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