Roadstar - Grand Hotel
Released 2006 on Magic Hat Records.
£12.99 from www.roadstar.com
This lot used to called Hurricane Party. They changed their name after hurricane Katrina wiped out New Orleans. They used the title of one of their songs. Which is ok, but I think Hurricane Party is better. They shouldve kept it, and bugger the fragile sensitivities of the Americans, who are too far up their own arses anyway.
Currently touring with The Answer and Rose Hill Drive, Roadstar are more rock n roll and less blues. Where a lot of their peers aim for a more punky sound, Roadstar have more of the AC/Dcish/UFO sound about them. Not quite, but almost a full on boogie band. And the vocals certainly do have a Bonnesque quality about them. The guitars also have that certain Angus thing about them too. Maybe its because they are Gibsons?
The songs themselves are short and sweet. There are one or two slowies but the rest are medium to fast rockers. However, at 43 minutes Im sure they couldve put some more on it. What is here is basically their live set, minus the covers. The only thing its lacking is a killer punch. Roadstar, Magic Hat, Stone and Lets Get It Started come close. There isnt a bad track on the record; its just that there isnt a track that sticks in your mind either. It slaps you on the back rather than grabbing you by the bollocks to let you know its there, if you see what I mean.
Its good time party rock n roll. Its the sort of foot-on-monitor-guitars-in-a-line-heads-down-big-grin rock music that really should be seen on the big stages. This is an album to dance to. Not a humping album at all. It is slick, just rough enough for us sleazegrinders but not enough to scare away the little girls. If this album doesnt knock em dead in the States, Ill eat my bike leather.
For such a young band, Grand Hotel is a surprisingly accomplished album. The songs are short, sharp and to the point. Theres no arty farty stuff here. The bands youth shines through all over the place. There is, however, a point I would like to touch on. I dont know that much about Roadstar but they are all uncannily pretty. I hope they are not the rock equivalent of a manufactured boy band. They can certainly play, so I hope Im wrong.
British Rock n Roll aint dead as long as bands put out albums like this. Good quality good time rock n roll. Its not a classic by any means, which is no bad thing as it means the there is room to improve. The second album should be an absolute killer.
An excellent debut. Recommended.
Disc #1 Tracklisting
1 Ready to Go
3 Get This
4 Out Of The Blue
5 Lets Get It Started
7 Magic Hat
8 Misplaced Paradise
9 All I Want
11 Stolen My Pride
12 Keep It Alive