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Dirty Rats - End In Tears

Dirty Rats
End In Tears
by Sergio Andrés at 05 November 2019, 12:10 AM

A rusty dose of straight forward Rock and Roll, think on MOTORHEAD, SAXON, HANOI ROCKS, ROSE TATTOO, etc. No quantization, no weird tunings, just old fashioned raw heavy Rock. There are some Punk innuendos, not because of the stylistic aspects, but because of the “less is more” ethos.

“Love from the Distance” has some connection with “Sixth from Girls” (SAXON) elements, with a sassy groove ala ZZ TOP. “End in Tears” has some subtle chugging at the beginning, proceeding with funny lyrics (great rhyme) and a tight rhythm throughout the tune. “Boss of Me” maintains the same stylistic choice.

I´m all ok with sloppy production within the pure Punk context, but stuff like “Hurts like a Mother” sounds like a bar band demo. The lo-fi reverb of the vocals doesn´t help too much. “My life is a cliché” has a hooky riff, but the drums are way too thin, giving away to an overall bland sound. No thunderous Aussie snare- bass drum as their paisans AC/DC. Again, the demo syndrome. “Fantasy” reminded me a little bit of “Devil´s Child” (From PRIEST´s “Screaming for Vengeance,” which indeed sounded a lot like AC/DC), yet with a garage twist, more in tune with the TED NUGENT tessitura. At this point, I´m missing more of a versatile voice.

My favorite tune is “Bad News Woman” due to its bold - almost - metallic vibe, its crunchy riff, and a visible, more confident backbone, great dirty bluesy solos although. "Rock Star" has the unmistakable AC/DC connection, yet with the garage above mentioned update. Nothing new under the sun.

Overall, is a garage-bar-fun band with some singalong verses, yet it lacks that essence that made all their influences so distinctive. If they intended to track a record just for the entertainment-sake, this record was an ultimate success. If they intended to follow the next “Powerage” or “Denim and Leather,” there are lightyears of cohesiveness behind to achieve that.

Songwriting: 4
Originality: 4
Memorability: 2
Production: 2

1 Star Rating

1. The Juice
2. Axis of Love
3. Love from a Distance
4. End in Tears
5. Jaded
6. The Ballad of Hobbit Foot
7. Hurts like a Mother
8. Boss of Me
9. My Life is a Clinche
10. Fantasy
11. Bad News Woman
12. Rat Rock
13. Rock Star
Andy - Drums
Jamie - Bass
Chooka - Guitar
Wayne - Vocals
Record Label: Sliptrick Records


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